Recently I have been asked if I am attempting to live a life of minimalism. This question is hard to answer because everyone has a different impression of what minimalism is when they ask the question. I have begun to answer no, that I am only trying to simplify my life.
Not a minimalist?
In some ways what I have tried to accomplish is very much a minimal way of living. I say this because in comparison to what we hear about how the “typical” American lives, I am far different. Instead of enjoying a shopping, I prefer to search for a diamond-in-the-rough. But my home is far from empty and what I think is cold feeling.
I try to surround myself with beauty. Now beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I will say I am most comfortable with things from nature and natural forms of art in my home. I have a few things from my travels including a small piece of petrified wood from the national park in Arizona. I also have a beautiful rock my grand-daughter dug out of the ground for me which is a perfect complement to my bathroom vanity along with my aloe plant.
I like a comfy, lived-in feeling around my home. So you will find a few quilts and lots of pillows which allow each guest to sink in and enjoy their visits.
But you have to be!
Just because a person seeks to find pleasure in what is free and abundant, or doesn’t want to own a McMansion doesn’t mean they are a minimalist. Yes, I like to see clear surfaces because of that I hang art from the wall instead of having it on a table. I have floor lamps and wall sconces instead of lamps filling the tables. And yes, I like to see a clear and clean counter top in my kitchen. I’m not a minimalist, I just don’t like clutter or having to search for something I want through all the boxes of things I haven’t used in a while.
So are you?
I guess that all depends on your definition. I like to say I live simply with only what I need and love. I hate to be indoors on a beautiful day. I hate to spend hours cleaning, unless the cleaning that needs taken care of is outside in the fresh air. So I choose to live with less “things” and have more to live for. What do you think am I a minimalist?