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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Minimalism - One Size Does Not Fit All

What’s the first thing you think when you hear someone say they’re a minimalist? Do you think this person has lost their mind? Do you picture their empty wardrobe? Do you imagine the person sitting in an unfurnished room with no television?

For many people this is the sort of image minimalism brings to mind. Just hearing the word ‘minimalist’ is enough to send them into panic mode. They can’t bear the thought of being without their television, not to mention their favourite possessions.

However, like most things, this general view of minimalism is far from the truth. Indeed, some minimalists may choose to live in the manner I’ve outlined above. But there are lots of others who don’t or won’t go to such extremes.

I call myself a minimalist, but I’m sure there are those in the minimalist community who would choose to differ. I’ve got rid of lot’s of junk, I’ve reduced and simplified my wardrobe, I keep check of the items I buy, and I’m continually asking myself, “Do I need, or do want, this item?”

However, I still have lots of stuff that I’m sure would horrify the more ‘hard-core’ minimalists out there. I have a large collection of CD’s, an ample compilation of vinyl records and, despite donating many to the charity shop, I still have quite a few books. (As I said in my previous post, I’m sticking with digital books from now on.)

The thing about minimalism, for me, is that it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ sort of thing. There is no way I would get rid of my music collection. I love music; I listen to my records and CDs regularly. They are something I use, and take great pleasure from, so would I get rid of them?

When I decided to become a ‘minimalist’ I had a clear idea in my mind of what I wanted to achieve and how I was going to get there. Throwing away my favourite items just for the sake of it was not on the agenda. I had a goal. I had a plan. Thankfully, I’ve managed to realise my objective.

I’m more conscious of the choices I make. I have a tidier home and, most importantly, I have simplified my life. I have more time to focus on the things that matter to me – my family, my writing, my art and this blog. I am happier, too, now that I can focus on my projects, without the worry that clutter brought me.

Setting a goal and having a plan were vital elements in my success. I’ll be writing more about those topics in future posts. But for now, if you're considering going minimalist remember, it's your choice what you decide to keep and what you don't. One size does not fit, or suit, all. 

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  1. I like the idea of minimalism but I tend to have collections of little things over time.

    1. Hi, Christine. Thank you for commenting. I considered getting rid of stuff for about a year before I took the plunge. It was not as difficult as I thought it would be, and it was a thoroughly rewarding experience.