About Me

Hi there! Nice to meet you! My name is Melody and I’m The Minimalist Next Door.

I’ve been writing about my journey to minimalism since 2012, and it has been a journey of many twists and turns. For most of that time, I walked alongside my partner of a decade, Angie, as we tried our hand at everything from full-time RVing to suburban homesteading.

2012: Everything that we moved with from Colorado to Florida fit in this trailer.

If you peruse the archives, you’ll see Angie in many of the posts. Though we are no longer together, she is still my friend, and I won’t diminish either of our paths in life by rewriting history. This journey was equally ours, but 2021 started a new chapter for both of us.

I’m excited to see what the future will hold as I continue to navigate life and minimalism and write about it all right here in this blog. I hope you’ll continue to join me because if anything, it’s sure to be an adventure!

Interesting Facts About Me

  • I LOVE to read!
  • I have been known to eat popcorn for dinner.
  • I have a not-so-secret addiction to TV dramas.
  • I haven’t had a full-time job since 2016.
  • I’m 99% vegetarian.
  • My favorite hangouts are parks and thrift stores.
  • I’m totally into hiking, kayaking, and letterboxing.
  • I knit (a bit) and play the ukulele (well, I’m learning).

13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I’m so glad you found me and now I found you. And thank you for sharing my blog Two Walks Two Americas on your page. My husband and I have always lived a minimalist lifestyle. It’s why we get to travel so much. I also write about how we manage to do that on a shoestring. Keep in touch and I will too. ~ Sheila

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  2. Melody and Angie, what a wonderful life you are living!. Your adventures, both at home and abroad, fit the minimalist lifestyle perfectly. After years of living and working abroad, we’ve been on a similar quest to simplify our life … and can certainly relate to the changes you have made. 🙂 I’m so glad to have found you and look forward to digging in to your blog. All the best, Terri

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  3. Such a great name for a blog! Glad I stumbled over you; my girlfriend calls herself a minimalist, and is just finishing building a Tiny House so she can really ‘walk the talk’. Me? Not quite so much, plus I have a messy teenager to deal with. But I look forward to following along from here in Australia, cheers G : )

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  4. I really love your guy’s story. If you’d be interested I would love for you to write a guest post talking about why you’ve become minimalists. our new blog is was created for that very reason, to share personal stories of all the other minimalists we meet. You can check out our site and mission if your interested.
    I look forward to continue reading your blog
    C- Foley

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