5 Things that Minimalism is Not
You can be minimal without being a minimalist. When people think of minimalists, their minds automatically go to the extreme ends of minimalism. How “minimalist” you are can vary, and everyone can benefit from adopting a minimal mindset in at least one area of their life. We are going to take a look at the stereotypes of minimalism and what minimalism is not. My hope is that you might let go of your desire for material things and find happiness in the small moments of life.
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Minimalism is not a home that is perfectly clean and spotless at all times.
While it does appear that way behind the screen of your device, it is not like that in real life. Yes, I’m sure an extreme minimalist has a pretty clean home, most of the time, but it just isn’t realistic for most people. Being minimalistic and having fewer things does lead towards a cleaner home.
However, life gets messy and sometimes there isn’t much we can do about it. While I consider myself to be more minimal than most, we do not have a 100% minimalist home. My toddler is definitely not a minimalist. While I’m cleaning up the house, she is behind me creating another mess; and that is okay! Since I have cleared a lot of my clutter from the house, it makes it easier to deal with hers.
Minimalism is not a house with all white and simple decor.
Just having all plain and light colors in your home, does not make you a minimalist. It is very popular right now to have your home styled as if you are a minimalist. I do not think there is anything wrong with that at all. I actually think minimalist-looking homes are very beautiful. However, you do not need to have a light gray couch, white decor, and house plants to be a minimalist. The opposite is true as well. Just because a person has a simple color pallet and succulents, does not mean they are a minimalist.
Minimalism is not having a black and white wardrobe of only 36 pieces.
A capsule wardrobe is very popular among those who consider themselves minimalist and many of them do wear black and white. However, this is not a requirement to be more minimal.
My closet is actually where I first started becoming more minimal. I have probably gotten rid of half of my clothing, and I still have plenty to spare and pieces I know I could get rid of. I now enjoy my closet so much more! I know when I look in there, I am not going to think, “I have nothing to wear.” The clothes in my closet are exactly what I want to wear. I have more than 36 pieces and I have a variety of colors. If you are looking for a way to start minimizing, I recommend starting with your wardrobe.
Minimalism is not getting rid of all of your possessions.
Minimalism is getting rid of the things you are not using and do not bring you joy. I can not give you a rundown of all of the things we have gotten rid of in the last year because the list is so long. This does not mean we have nothing left in our house and that the clutter is all gone. Trust me, the clutter is, by no means, gone. I don’t even want to imagine what the house would be like if I had never gotten rid of anything. So yes, you do get rid of things when you start living a minimalistic lifestyle, but not everything. Minimalism is a never-ending process. Once you start, you will begin to see the benefit of having less, and you will want to continue with the process.
Minimalism is not living in a tiny home.
You can be a minimalist and live in any size house. Living in a tiny home or a loft apartment does force you to be more minimalistic because you don’t have room for your things. Plus, there are minimalists who have traded in their large homes for a tiny home. But any average person can be more minimal, in any sized house.
Minimalism comes in all shapes and sizes. While it can be treated as a fad and some see it as a type of religion, with a crazy set of rules, I do not see it that way. For me, I started out small, saw the benefit in having less material possessions, and now I can’t stop clearing out the clutter. I want my house to be clean, and it’s easier to actually clean when there is less clutter to clean up. I also know and realize more and more, that my treasure is not here on Earth. I want my treasure to be laid up in Heaven.
Like the idea of becoming more minimal, but don’t know where to start? I recommend starting with your closet or your kitchen. Read my post on Organizing Your Kitchen to get some motivation! If you are looking for more personal support, then join my Facebook Group! Be sure to let me know that this blog post sent you. Can’t wait to see you there!