Like many families, mine has a tradition of going to see at least one movie on Christmas day. This year our first pick was Sherlock Holmes, when it was nearly sold out so we settled for “Up in the Air”. It is a story of a business traveler who uses his constant travel as a way to isolate himself from friends and family and to minimize his material goods. They show his life very hollow, and while I don’t agree with minimizing interpersonal connections, I think most people could do with a lot less stuff. One of the most intriguing scenes in the movie for me was the scene where George Clooney goes “home”, a sterile studio apartment where he keeps his 3 or 4 dress shirts, approximately 10 t-shirts and thats about it. This goes completely against my nature, but got me thinking about minimalism. Could you live in these minimalist spaces?