The Just In Time business concept is like minimalism for manufacturing, but Martha Beck’s recent article has echoes of minimizing it forward and brings it to a more personal level. I have a hoarding instinct, and I’ll stand by the idea of keeping a week’s supply of food and water on hand along with basic medical and emergency supplies. But especially with the worrying press reports on the economy producing fear, this can become an obsession. The fact is that stuff is cheap and easy to get – we’re drowning in stuff. I agree that:
switching to a just-in-time mind-set (“Everything good is readily available”) restores health and balance to our lives
even though it is really tough to do.