When reviewing my summer capsule, at one point I paused to anxiously survey the contents of my wardrobe. Would it be enough, I wondered?
Here’s the thing …
The answer to that will always be a resounding – Yes.
- We have more than we think
- We need less than we imagine
- We always have enough
Right – that’s enough profundity for one post – back to the capsule!
I wrote recently about a trip to Amsterdam where my only clothing option was to wear one pair of jeans, one pair of sandals and a variety of tops. Before that trip, I wouldn’t have considered that to be enough. But it was. That situation was born out of circumstances rather than a planned action, but it was still okay. I had enough.
More than that, it gave me quite a sense of freedom. Once I got my head around it and accepted the situation, it was quite liberating.
There is a lovely Swedish word, lagom, which apparently means ‘just the right amount’. And of course, the right amount for me may not be the right amount for you; enough for me looks different to what’s enough for you. I don’t think there’s a short cut to minimalism as a lifestyle – there is no recipe or template. I find great freedom in that, but it can also be a bit difficult because you have to figure it out for yourself.
Minimalism doesn’t lend itself to too much definition. It’s a way of bringing meaning to your life – yours! Trying to classify different degrees of minimalism isn’t very helpful and I think can be born out of fear or anxiety. ‘Am I doing this right?’. ‘Am I a proper minimalist?’. ‘I don’t think I’m as minimalist as someone I’ve just seen on You Tube’ – they only own twenty items!’ And so on.
So, yes, I have enough in my summer capsule. I love and enjoy nearly all (hmm … more of that in a future post!) of my pieces and certainly have plenty to make numerous outfits. As the saying goes, happiness is not having what you want – it’s wanting what you have.
Have a great week 😊