Are You A Minimalist Or Do You Like Your Stuff?
There seems to be a big buzzword right now: minimalist. You see a lot on the internet and social media feeds about minimalism so what are your thoughts? Would you consider yourself a minimalist or do you like your “stuff”!
I guess I should start with a definition of a “minimalist”: A person whose life philosophy is about living with less in all areas of their life with emphasis on experiences instead of possessions. I have read many articles where some minimalists can put everything they own in a large rolling suitcase. Others live in vans. One article I read, the person had a large house but hardly anything in it. Minimalism has different degrees.
As for me, I don’t like a lot of stuff around me but then again, I like my stuff. I know – very contradictory. You see, I’m paring things down to only what I need and love. In fact, Jeff and I keep going through our belongings, continuing to declutter even if we’ve already been through that closet or room. It feels good that we’re getting down to the things we used, love or are mementos we want to keep.
I have to say that letting things go has been especially freeing. In one area – my art/crafts – I was definitely a hoarder of many objects and supplies, thinking I would use that “something” I collected in a project. But when I cleaned out my supplies, I had things I had stored so long ago I questioned myself as to why I kept it in the first place! I can tell you that I donated a lot of art/craft supplies and it felt good but I hesitated wondering if one day I would need something I let go but it hasn’t happened yet.
So I ask: Are you a minimalist or a keeper of “stuff”? There’s no judgment here – it’s just your style so be happy no matter what your preference is.