• Renee

Minimalism: More to it than you think

When you hear the word minimalism, what do you think about? White walls with nothing on them? One piece of furniture? Yes, this is what comes up when you research it on the internet, but this is not how I define minimalism. Yes, you can go extreme with it, but what it really means, and in the words of William Morris, “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” And that my friends, has a different meaning for everyone. For me, it means living small and it is always a constant process. I am now filling my closest with only pieces of clothing I love, which decreased the number of items I own. However, the fitness section of my clothes and gear has not really decreased, as I love them all and need them! Thus, goes back to everyone’s meaning of minimalism will be different and you don’t have to get rid of everything you own.

Now, you don’t have to downsize like I did, but I would like you to try to decrease a little in one area of your house or your life and see how it feels. If you are a “yes” person, one who says yes to anything anyone ask you to do or help with, try saying “no” occasionally and downsize your to-do list. This will help increase your free time to do things you love and may even reduce the stress of having so much to do. Or if you have rooms full of stuff you seldom use, go through them, get rid of anything you hate or that is broken and you don’t see yourself fixing it. By getting rid of these items that you never use, it will help make your space feel more open which may feel refreshing. These are only two suggestions to start off small, but there are so many more little steps you could take to help lighten your load. Now tell me, what do you think you could reduce a little that might make your space or life more relaxing?

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