White walls, carefully-placed plants and a flat lay of a neatly-kept desk. These are the usual images that come to mind when your hear the word minimalism. A concept that is rooted in finding personal freedom has become an aesthetic and buzz word in 2018. While it’s undeniable that these designs are aesthetically-pleasing, the simplistic decor is only a small portion of what living a minimal lifestyle truly is.
If you’re an aspiring minimalist or intrigued with the concept of ‘less is more’ read on as we unpack the 21st century phenomenon of being a minimalist both inside and out.
5.) Minimal Living 101
Minimalism is no new concept. The elements of the present day trend of minimalism has its roots in cultural concepts from around the world. Books like Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing have brought minimalism to the mainstream American audience. The Swedish word Lagom, which translates to “just enough”, is also a popular concept that has infiltrated millennials Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds. These ideas and concepts of decluttering and rejecting consumerism are the at the root of what is now known as minimalism.
So what is minimalism? The key to minimalism is not only about sleek design and capsule closets, it’sabout finding out what minimalism means to you. Do you want to downsize? Do you want to place less importance on material objects? Minimalism can help you achieve your personal goals of finding personal freedom.
Before you start your journey to becoming a minimalist it’s important to be clear on who you are, what your values are and what your personal and professional goals are. Once you’ve got those things clear, then you’re one step closer enjoying the benefits of minimal living.