thoughts on minimalism

minimalism, noun, a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity

Merriam-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.

“monument” for V. Tatlin by Dan Flavin
feat. my sister | taken at SFMOMA

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?

3 thoughts on “thoughts on minimalism

  1. I loved this Gaby! ❤ I’ve been interested in minimalism recently when I discovered how burdened I felt by the stuff I own that I don’t use / feel happy with anymore. I’m not confident enough yet to proceed with filling donation bags or knowing what else I’d bring in to update things (like my wardrobe), but I love the thought of decorating with just what I love, wearing clothes that I like and they fit well, and all other possessions being some keepsakes and what I use. 😊 It’s a process, but I’m open to downsizing and really benefiting from what I own instead of feeling burdened.

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