Be a minimalist any way you choose. It’s a fad, a movement, a way of living, a label we give or receive. It turns out there are many different ways to practice the same underlying philosophy of less-is-more. And if you’re turned off by just the word, that’s OK too – you do you. Some of my best friends are maximalists. 😊
There are financial minimalists who seek to save money and retire early, through simple living. A worthy goal, IMHO, and a thoughtful attempt to make the future more secure. There are sustainable minimalists. My current hero of sustainable minimalism is Ecofriend Lia. She’s hard-core about using it up and wearing it out, and is content with three pairs of shoes. Girl!
I am a more-or-less practical minimalist. I enjoy the aesthetics of a simple space and simple life. I also love beautiful things, and choose to have a handful of them. A print of Marilyn Monroe as Theda Bara, left to us by my brother-in-law Randy. Two vintage bracelets given to me by Bryan from his mother’s collection.
I also enjoy having fewer things to clean, store, and maintain. I’m far from an extremist, but I like having just two sets of bed sheets and towels. Three sets of cereal bowls, and four lipsticks. I breathe easier with fewer things around me.
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
-Confucious, 551 BCE.
As I get older and as my life changes, likewise the things I find necessary and valuable change. I am calmer with fewer decisions, leaving me room to laser in on what I love. I can say “no more” easily and without guilt. I spend my days with people I treasure (some by mail and Skype, but treasured nonetheless).
Finding the sweet spot, the just-enough, is my practical version of minimalism.
When I’m thinking about subtracting from my belongings, I ask myself simple questions:
- If I were moving would I take this item?
- Would I re-buy it now?
- What if I need it sometime in the future? What are the realistic odds of a just-in-case scenario?
- Does this item tell a story of my relationship with someone important to me, or a life-changing experience?
“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
― William Morris
What kind of minimalist might you be? As always, no wrong answers. Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash, xo
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