Minimalism. What does it mean to you?
I’ve struggled with minimalism. If you haven’t been reading the blog long, you aren’t aware that at one point, I wanted a tiny house. I’ve cleaned out my home more Januaries than I can count. Last year, it was the Marie Kondo method. Before that it was other authors, other methods, other criteria for getting rid of stuff.
There’s only one problem with all that theory. There’s still a focus on stuff. Not a healthy, “put stuff back where it belongs because we don’t live in a barn” focus, either. Somehow minimalism in my mind, and I think maybe others, too, has become this unattainable low number of belongings. It’s become all about 33 clothing items, 100 things, sparse closets, nothing sentimental kept.
So, I’m breaking up with minimalism. I’m resolving to keep a clean home, to keep what we need and use, and not keep what we don’t. I’m not donating items that I keep for sentimental reasons, nor will I be purging my closet every few months. From now on, it won’t be a huge ordeal to go through closets and rooms that might need a little decluttering. I want to do this as I clean my home each week, not in one large fell swoop that never accomplishes anything lasting!
Do you do huge decluttering sessions? Or maybe, like me, you were disillusioned by an idea that doesn’t really work? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!