Minimize: Considering Minimalism

 

I have been reading and seeing so much about minimalism lately. It has been completely capturing my attention and is something that for whatever reason, I am seeing myself drawn to. These guys especially.

Over the last year, with everything I’ve been learning and growing in, I suppose I’m beginning to recognize what things are truly important to me. My freedom. My time. My relationships. And my impact.

I guess the question really is how important are all of these things in comparison to all of the other things that I love so dearly. Fashion. Home decor. Art. Design. Shopping.

I know for many those things are used to try and fill a bit of a void… or to create some sort of fulfillment. But I’ve always felt that it was different than that for me. Fashion and design are things I enjoy truly because they are beautiful. I am inspired by the shapes and movements. I love the diversity you can get by switching things up. I love the beauty in the art of these things. So I feel a little stuck on what the balance may be. Is there a way to be minimalistic yet still get to enjoy all of those artistic elements that the material world has to offer?

I guess moving to my capsule wardrobe was a big leap in minimizing… but the truth is most of my clothes are still in my house. When I cleaned out my closet the majority of items just moved their way to another closet, where they haven’t really been touched, but that I’m too much of a clothing hoarder to actually get rid of.

I spent the other day going through all of those extra clothes and did end up bagging up three huge black trash bags full of things to get rid of. But I just haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. so now those trash bags sit right next to the closet they came out of.

Yeah, yeah, I’m a total hypocrite. But I’m working on it. One small step at a time. Teeny tiny step.

And the good news is that I have been pretty strict about my capsule. And that’s awesome.

So what I’m getting at is that I want more of the good things. Ya know, the important things. And maybe I could have more of those things if I had less of these (material) things.

What are your thoughts on minimizing?

With Love.

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2 Comments

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    jeromietfarnsworth
    February 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I couldn’t agree more. I have clothes in my closet(literally on the floor of the closet) that I haven’t worn in 2+ years, but for some reason they won’t even make it in the trash bag. I to want to go minimalist right up till I have to actually part with something I might actually want or need 2 years from now. I think we need to just have someone else actually make our stuff disappear for us. Good luck on minimizing and keep us posted!

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      bemyintention
      February 25, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Yeah… I’m making the attempt but it’s definitely challenging. I just feel guilty getting rid of things that I spent a bunch of money on but, but selling them sounds like way too much work.

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