“Minimalism is not defined by what is not there but by the rightness of what is…” John Pawson
I’ve decided to call this an exercise because that allows me to define what minimalism means in my life. I don’t know whether I consider myself a minimalist yet, but there are elements of a minimalist philosophy that resonate with me. I appreciate simplicity: a capsule wardrobe, an uncluttered inbox, a clear mind.
I was initially motivated by a desire to avoid falling into the trap, particularly as a blogger (and human being), of rushing out to buy the latest trends in makeup and fashion. The first areas I tackled were my wardrobe and beauty cabinet. My aim was to be able to do more with less. Once I understood what I actually needed (or really wanted) and eliminated the dead weight, I was able to start again with an (almost) blank slate, filling the gaps, with only conscious and considered purchases, starting with the basics (the needs) – a white tee, the perfect blush – and adding carefully selected embellishments and statements (the loves).
Here are the four principles I try to follow:
Stuff =/ happiness
Do I need it or do I love it?
Simplify wherever possible
The first three principles refer to purchasing and accumulating objects. I needed some rules to help me make decisions when I was thinking about making a new purchase, and these make a lot of sense to me.
Number 4, simplifying, is about two things: space and time (so everything 🙂 Simplifying the space around me, removing extra clutter, and simplifying the things I find myself wasting time on in my everyday routine – dealing with my inbox, cooking and food shopping, switching off my mind every once in a while. These are all little projects I’m working on, and will be sure to share on the blog in future!