They didn't believe my "minimizing resources" claim which isn't really fully true, it's more that I feel like my apartment is stuffed and any additional thing might cause it to implode into a black hole of consumer junk. (From what I can see I'm not that far off from the typical american in my level of clutter, I just feel far more oppressed by it than most. I also feel like I should be able to fit into a small apartment unlike the typical response of just moving to a larger location.)
I did decide that perhaps I'd be a bit happier with myself if I improved my personal environment so I've started trying to clean up the pile of junk mail and the bit of my bookshelf that started to colonize my floor. Hopefully tomorrow I can take another load of junk to the thrift store.