Thinking About Minimalism
August 3, 2016
Since reducing my wardrobe and living with a minimal/capsule wardrobe for a while now, I’ve started to think about reducing the amount of stuff I own in other areas of my life. Would clearing out the cupboard under the stairs have the same effect on my life as clearing out my wardrobe did or is it just another chore needing done?
I follow quite a few capsule wardrobe bloggers and ethical fashion bloggers, many of whom have also adopted minimalism as a lifestyle. It seems like minimalism is having a bit of a moment right now. I love reading about how they live with less stuff (and more importantly less clutter) and the positive impact this has had on their lives. It seems that reducing your wardrobe for many is the first step towards minimalism. I find the idea of minimalism fascinating and the more I learn about it the more interested I become.
What is Minimalism?
I used to think of minimalist living in bare white houses with as few possessions as possible. I thought minimalism came with a massive set of rules and limits on what you could do and what you buy. But it’s not like that at all, it’s about only having possessions which add value to your life. It’s about identifying what you need/what’s important to you and eliminating everything else. So if you love to have stuff around your home and this adds value to your life then go ahead and have stuff around your home. And yes being surrounded by beautiful things adds value to your life.
Minimalism isn’t about trying to live with as little stuff as possible it’s about simplifying our lives and escaping consumer culture which encourages us to spend, spend, spend and constantly strive for more and more.
I know I could never live in a bare all white home (imagine all the cleaning) with less than 100 things, but I know I can live with carefully chosen things which all add value to my life. And to me, adding value could be something beautiful to look at, a useful kitchen gadget, a beauty product or piece of clothing. I can live with that type of minimalism. I’ll never be one of those people able to live in a tiny home with little possessions but I can make sure that everything I do own adds value to my life in some way.