On first glance minimalism has very little appeal for most people. To start, the name minimalism itself sounds reductive. Then there is minimalist design which is all about the pared down aesthetics of empty space, pale walls, and stark furniture with impeccably clean lines. That also doesn’t have mass appeal. What if you like the stuff you have, what if you like curved lines and loud colours?
Having less just for the sake of less is nobody’s cup of tea. By evolutionary development, we are accustomed to saving things just in case things take a turn for the worse. If we want to go against our evolutionary urge and embrace the concept of having less there needs to be a good reason for it - and there is.
As we get to know minimalism we realise that there’s more to it (Get it more to minimalism? Bad pun most definitely intended.). Minimalism is a versatile tool that can help us understand and improve the different and varied aspects of our lives such as our finances, career, well-being, and relationships and improve them.
Each of these areas can be improved by bringing in minimalism to it. Pick an area, observe what’s working and what’s not, and act upon it. Remove what you can, fix what you can’t, and add what’s missing.
You can start the minimalist process by de-cluttering your unused belongings, or by overcoming your destructive thought habits.You can even start by culling toxic relationships from your life. Everyone is different and what you get rid off and what you add to your life is completely up to you.
Minimalism is not an exercise in self-deprivation. It’s not about having less just to say you have less. It’s not about being severe just to be severe. Minimalism is about removing or fixing what is not working for you to end up with a life that makes you content and fulfilled. So, if you enjoy what you do, love the things you have, and renaissance style interior design brings you inexplicable joy then you can keep doing what you are doing.
The current movement of minimalism is something much more all-encompassing than having a capsule closet with 33 items, or having a tiny home, and being debt free. It’s more about giving yourself the opportunity to figure out what is important to you and that involves clearing out the clutter in your life first.
What you want from your life is up to you to define.
What do you want from life? I'd love to hear your thoughts and feelings on this. Let me know in the comments section below.
With love and simplicity,