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Hi, my name is Patrick Lambert and I'm a tech worker, blogger, anime fan, digital artist and video gamer. I live in Montreal, Canada and have over 15 years of experience in technology.

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Living in an anime home

There are many movements that are typically considered to be opposite: minimalism vs abundance, prepping vs frugality. But I don’t really think those always have to be mutually exclusive. It all depends what’s important to you, and looking at value.

After being in this home for 3 years now, I think the decor is pretty close to done, and if I do say so myself, pretty awesome looking:

I admit that all of these figures, wall scrolls, books and other items cost me quite a bit of money. However, there is no doubt that being among all these wonderful items is far more pleasant and brings more joy than looking at a bunch of white walls. But does that mean I’m not frugal, or minimalist? I think it depends on how you look at it. All of these items were one-time purchases. There is no maintenance cost. I bought these because they represent anime series and games I like, but meanwhile I don’t own a car, the home I live in is just 500 sqft which means my taxes and mortgage are low, and I don’t have subscriptions to Netflix, Amazon Prime and so on.

So the ongoing cost, my monthly required expenses, are extremely low. If I do have extra cash, I may buy some figures. But if I don’t, if I prefer adding to my investment account instead, I can do that, because I don’t have high monthly bills. I also don’t keep items that don’t bring me joy. I routinely look around and make sure I don’t keep things in storage that I haven’t used in a long time.

I do think I can be frugal, minimalist, while still having a great looking home, and be a prepper, because each purchase doesn’t involve an ongoing maintenance cost. The minimal lifestyle doesn’t have to include looking at white walls.