Minimalism and perfection

2017-08-27 PerfectionSometimes I get side-tracked by the pursuit of perfection. Here’s my dilemma ….

I love reducing the number of items I have – living with less – clearing the clutter. It helps my outlook, my contentment levels and my appreciation for what I have.

But I can get locked into a mindset that looks like this:

  • I would love to have just one good quality item, instead of many mediocre ones.
  • So, if I’m just going to have just one, then it needs to tick all the right boxes.
  • It needs to be perfect.
  • I’ll let go all the mediocre items and keep the best quality one.
  • Or, I’ll let go all the mediocre items and purchase a new one, that fits my requirements.

A single, perfect item is, to me, worth many lesser items – quality over quantity.

But the quest for perfection …. that’s a long road to travel! It’s full of false promises, hidden glimpses and disappointments.

So, is it better to make do with the mediocre items, until you find the perfect one? Or do you ruthlessly discard everything up front? Or does the perfect item not ever really exist?

I’ve noticed that when I do keep/buy something I consider to fit all my requirements, I rarely think of it again. I use it and I look after and am thrilled to have it but I am satisfied so I don’t need to think of it.

I don’t want to always be on the lookout for perfect things. Perhaps part of the minimalism journey is just to make the best of what we have, living with imperfections.

Minimalism is a means to an end, not an end in itself. I don’t really think I’m going to end up in a calm, white space with a small number of carefully curated, perfect things, surveying my domain with a sense of satisfaction. That’s not the point.

I don’t want to get discontented on my journey to become more content.

I always love to hear your views – has anyone else got caught up in the pursuit of perfection?  Have a great week 🙂

 

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  2 comments for “Minimalism and perfection

  1. September 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Oh my, you’re exactly like me! I get caught up in perfection all the time. But with a small wardrobe it’s so scary to introduce a new item… It takes forever for me to buy anything, so right now I quite desperately need a new pair of shoes, there’s a big hole at the front of one of them, but I can’t find a new pair that are as perfect! It’s just the worst😢😂

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    • September 14, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Hi Ragnhild, thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂 It’s a much bigger deal to introduce a new item when you have fewer clothes, isn’t it? There’s a lot more expectation on the item. I’m trying to find the balance between getting something that ticks as many boxes as possible, meaning I won’t have to shop too much, with becoming too hard to please! Good luck with finding the shoes – you don’t want a pair with a hole, as we’re coming into winter! Lxx

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