I began researching capsule wardrobes online, how to have fewer clothes but more outfit options, how to get rid of the excess to leave items I'll actually wear. Reading about minimising in this area naturally led to articles and posts on minimalism in general.
I'd always thought that 'Minimalism' was a style of interior design, consisting of very bare rooms with the odd lone item here and there. It turns out it can be a way of life, and not necessarily one consisting of cold empty rooms!
I've felt for a long time that the modern world is far too busy and hectic. Everybody rushing around, trying to fit too much into too little time, feeling stressed and harassed. For what end? Do we really need to be doing the things we're frantically trying to get done? Could we all just calm down, slow down, and take things a little easier?
From what I understand of minimalism, it's all about simplifying and getting rid of the clutter in our lives. This clutter isn't just the abundance of possessions that we have, but can be the demands on our time, the emails in our inbox, the worries going around in our head... the list goes on.
Minimalism is getting rid of the excess so that we have time and space to enjoy and appreciate the important things in life.
I plan to explore minimalism (see what I did there?!) and see whether I can adopt some of the principles and ideas into my life, with the aim of living more simply and more contentedly. I will in no way take minimalism to the extreme - I've read of people paring their belongings down to just 100 items - ain't gonna happen! All respect and admiration to them, but it wouldn't make me happy. I would like to obtain a balance that works for me, and I will share how successful (or not!) I am on this blog, along with any lessons I learn along the way. I hope you will read along and perhaps get some inspiration and tips which could help you make some positive changes in your lives too.
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Nothing I've put here is new - in fact it seems I'm quite late to the party! Some of the blogs which have opened my eyes to minimalism are: