Some time ago, I wrote a post on ‘Minimalism and perfection’. I was getting a little frustrated with my outlook. When you are actively trying to reduce the number of things you own, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that anything you do choose to own, needs to be perfect. But there’s satisfaction and even beauty in a lack of perfection.
The lovely Laurel at Little Black Domicile commented on the post and referred to a concept called Wabi-sabi. She explained that it was the idea that imperfection should be embraced and even celebrated as it was often more interesting than perfection. I found this amazing! The nebulous thoughts I had been having actually had a name!
I knew at some level it was amiss to strive only for perfection. But Wabi-sabi gives its blessing to imperfection and honours its inherent beauty.
Every year, I create seasonal capsule wardrobes. They’re never perfect but that has never worried me. I ensure to do a review after each season to see what I’ve learned and then what learning can be carried forward to my next capsule. It’s not about churning out one perfect capsule after another; it’s about seeing what has worked, what hasn’t and why.
Perfection isn’t the point. Now, I have a pair of shoes. They look presentable, I love the colour and I can walk everywhere in them. But I thought they were beginning to look a little shabby – for the best of reasons, that is, I’ve worn them so much. I looked into replacing them but I couldn’t find anything comparable. Rather than angsting over this, I have accepted their slightly worn appearance. I’m welcoming function rather than form!!
Wabi-sabi enables me to celebrate the learning and be glad for what I have, rather than using it as a building block towards perfection. It’s so liberating!! And it fits beautifully into the spirit of minimalism – making space for that which is most meaningful – not that which is perfect.
There’s a lovely post on Little Black Domicile which goes into this in more detail. And on Monday 7th May, Laurel delves into Wabi-Sabi and the kitchen! I’m definitely looking forward to reading all about that!
Have you ever heard of this concept? Is it something that would work for you? Have a great week 😊