Voluntary Simplicity is a way of life that is full and rich, rather than austere. Everything in your life requires your energy, either in the getting of it in the first place, or maintaining it. What are you spending your valuable energy on?
Making a conscious choice to live with less stuff opens the way to freedom and a more peaceful environment, a calmer mind, a more peaceful way of living.
To live a minimalist life is not the life of an ascetic or one stricken by poverty. It is the development of a mindful life.