“What is the one purchase of a $100 or less that has made the biggest positive impact on your life in the last year?”
This is one of my favorite questions which author and podcaster Tim Ferriss asks his podcast guests. I’ve long been jealous of the people who can answer it easily.
Now I can, too.
I got a fireplace for Christmas. A fake one, admittedly. I live in an apartment complex, so a real chimney situation is not going to work. But despite its fakeness, there’s something about having the appearance of fire in your home which is powerful for your mental sense of wellbeing.
Why does this make such a great purchase?
Fire has so much going for it. It’s a signal of human civilization. There must be something comforting to the primal human in all of us to see a fire roaring. We subconsciously know it means food and safety and friends, or at least basic security against the dark and cold of the world outside.
I know I feel a strange comfort and security having a fire in my home that I didn’t have without it. When you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, there’s nothing better to lull you back to a quiet sleep than the dancing flames of a fire.
Fire’s dynamism is also interesting. How many other things decorating your home move with a life of their own? Where else do you so directly see an example of a powerful force tamed to human needs/desires?
There’s something comforting about the regular motion of “flames” that probably explains why people also like to have fish tanks, fountains, or wind chimes decorating their homes. Your home decor should move with nature, not be fully sterilized against it.
Are you sold on it yet? You can buy a nice Duraflame electric Space-Heater-Which-Looks-Deceptively-Like-A-Wood Stove (not the actual product name) for $99 from Lowes.
See? Stuff CAN make your life better. Check mate, minimalists. 😉