minimalism, noun, a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicityMerriam-Webster Dictionary
I suspect that you’ve heard of minimalism before, perhaps in social media, the blogosphere, or various articles. Minimalism and implementing it throughout one’s life has become almost mainstream. Take a look at decluttering with Marie Kondo and capsule wardrobes.
Minimalism began as an art movement in the 1960s, characterized by simplicity and sparsity. Its antithesis was extravagance and opulence. One of my favorite artists from this time were Dan Flavin. The movement is tied directly to modernism and abstract expressionism.
This same sparsity and lack of clutter carries over into the lifestyle. The goal isn’t too have the least amount of possessions or to lead an austere and unhappy life. The whole aim of minimalism is to move the focus from our possessions and to people and passions. I love how it encourages and allows you to actually do things.
I believe that minimalism is actually more accessible than people believe. You don’t need to drastically trim down all your clothes into a 30 piece capsule wardrobe or get rid of all your furniture. You can live more minimally by reducing clutter and keeping what really matters.
For example, I have been trying to reduce the number of blogs that I follow. I often find myself wondering if I’ve missed something or realizing I no longer am as interested in whatever’s at hand as I once was. I’ve also implemented minimalism is decluttering my closet, getting rid of /donating clothing that no longer fits and finding things that need mending.
This week, I challenge you to try and implement minimalism in one aspect of your life.
Let’s chat in the comments below!
Do you practice minimalism? What do you think of the whole movement?