A friend casually mentioned to me recently that “the fascination with minimalism has peaked and is on the downward trend”. I’m pretty sure she’s not the only one who feels this way, and it got me to thinking… Do most people think minimalism is a trend?
Let’s go back to the beginning, about 10-12 years ago, when I first decided I needed minimalism in my life. Now, in 2007 minimalism wasn’t even a thing. Google it if you want. Mark Manson wrote this article about his first foray into the lifestyle that year, and even then it was more a necessity from his financial situation than an actual choice to live a minimalistic life.
So why did I feel so strongly about it for myself? Here’s the thing. We had 2 young kids and lived in a 1200 square foot mobile home that also housed my husband’s growing IT sales & service office. Add in the HSP tendencies that I’ve always struggled with, and STUFF was becoming really stressful and unhealthy for me. In order to deal well with our chaotic lifestyle, I needed to downsize. I didn’t even label it minimalism at that point. It was more of a survival technique.
You might not love blank white walls and bare floors, but that’s ok. Why? Because minimalism is more than esthetics. It’s more than clean lines and monochromatic colour schemes. It’s more than Instagram filters and perfectly coordinated interiors.
Here’s the thing. There are no concrete rules for minimalism. For me, it’s more of an intentional approach to life; accepting into our life and home only what supports what we value and pursue. In the words of Joshua Becker, “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.”
Call it minimalism, call it simplifying, call it whatever you want… but if you feel like you’re drowning in your possessions, it might be time to take a look at living a little bit lighter.