don’t get caught in the buzzword: It’s your life!
It’s a word no one outside of the design world would have heard until two years ago. The movement started in, where else, America, and spread everywhere. It has its merits because it highlights the simple things in life and that stuff doesn’t make you happy.
BUT: It ignores personal circumstances and cultural backgrounds. It puts unnecessary pressure on people who find it hard to have realistic goals in the first place. It’s great to dream big, but more than frustrating to never be able to live that dream.
Minimalism should mean something very different for everyone:
A less cluttered timetable
Less choices when shopping
Less stuff in the house
Less projects on the go
Less people in your life
Less >fill in the blanks<
Aspiring to a minimalist lifestyle can be just as unrealistic as having all your paperwork nicely filed in lever arch folders, colour coded and always in arms reach.
Being such a buzzword, it takes the individual out of the equation. Just like lifestyle shows and magazines create the desire for colour coordinated cushions and throw rugs whereas in reality: it would help to just get the washing off the sofa.
In my role as Professional Organiser, I do try very hard to help to create realistic expectations and dreams for your home and your life. Because, in my opinion, it filters through. Yes, we talk mostly about stuff, but every item you own is a point on your to-do list – so by owning less and finding what you have you ultimately have more time… to chase those dreams.