A few minimalist musings at the end of another year ….
I’ve made a lot of progress this year in my journey to simplicity – but there have been many detours, cul-de-sacs and roundabout routes. I want to build on these experiences and progress more next year. To help me do this, I’ve reflected on 5 things I’ve learned about minimalism this year. Spoiler alert – there’s nothing earth-shattering below but at least I can say, I’ve learned the following for myself!!
- Life is simpler – but it’s not necessarily easier: It’s simpler to get dressed in the morning with fewer clothes, the house is simpler to clean with less clutter and I don’t feel the need to shop as much. But simplicity can bring its own issues – never enough of them to dissuade me but often involving explanations and circular discussions with others. (Although, I remember with fondness, one of my friends bringing her boyfriend to dinner. She had explained to him that I was a minimalist and he turned up full of trepidation that my house would be filled with tiny, doll-like furniture and he would have to spend the evening sitting on the floor!).
- Gratitude: My journey to simplicity is not about ‘getting rid of things’. It’s about letting go of stuff (tangible and intangible) to make room for what will add most value. It’s about deciding what to keep, not what to remove. It’s easier then to be grateful for what you have.
- Quality over quantity: I’ve written about this a lot in the context of capsule wardrobes. Fewer, better quality clothes form the backbone of my capsule wardrobe. I’d never to go back to an over-stuffed wardrobe again. I find this principle creeps into different areas of my life, including friends and relationships.
- Blogging community: I’m naturally drawn to blogs that discuss minimalism, simplicity, capsule wardrobes etc. But through them, I have discovered other lovely blogs and bloggers. And I find that the blogging community is a supportive, friendly one, full of those who want to encourage and wish you well. I can’t think of too many other environments where there is such freedom and experiences generously shared.
- When everything is important, nothing is: Minimalism helps guide me through the fog.
Thank you for your readership and support during 2017 and I look forward to connecting with you again throughout 2018. Have a wonderful new year, Lorraine x 😊