What is Like to Be A Minimalist


What is like to be minimalist, living only with essential items. Well in Domino, Rebecca Deczynski has an interesting article What’s It Really Like to Live With Only the Essentials? where writes about four minimalists with whom they talked to find out what it’s really like living with exactly what you need—nothing more, nothing less.

After all, minimalism is about making due with less. It’s not just a visual aesthetic—it’s a specific lifestyle choice that’s also an emotional appeal. … What many minimalists find is that after undergoing the hard work of simplifying their life and their interiors, they feel more at peace and in charge of their surroundings.

– Rebecca Deczynski on Domino

The following is gist from Rebecca’s article:

  • Minimalism draws people in for different reasons. “Our jobs were highly demanding, low-paying, and just tapping into our talents enough. Instead of racking our brains about how we could make more money, we coincidentally contemplated the opposite. What would a life look like that didn’t cost so much? A couple years later, the word found us. Ahhh, minimalism,” told Roe Cummings, a minimalist.
  • Personal adjustments are expected (and necessary). “Our buying and furnishing choices hinge on a different question: Does this matter and does this make us free? As deep admirers of Scandinavian design and its impacts on what the whole world might interpret minimalism to be, we are, however, unapologetically rebellious about pattern and African epherma. If you lose yourself and your culture, even in simplicity, you’re living someone else’s tale,” said Cummings. Abi Dare, another minimalist says “Life is messy, hectic, and often out of our control, so there’s no point giving ourselves additional pressure to behave in a certain way. That kind of goes against the whole grain of minimalism anyway.”
  • The challenges can be a bit stressful. “Once I really started to assess how much I owned (and didn’t use), it was overwhelming. I had so much guilt. I couldn’t stop thinking about much money I’d wasted. And then there was confronting the sheer amount of clothing, purses, shoes—I literally cried,” Platt another minimalist told. Then again, once you do go through the process of getting rid of things that you don’t need, there comes another emotional factor: If you break something, you’ll likely be more upset about it than you would be otherwise, writes Rebecca.
  • But the benefits are real. Rebecca writes: “The benefits of paring down, like minimalism itself, are pretty simple. When you cut out the unnecessary things in life, you can better focus on what really matters, which ultimately can mean less work for you.” Platt told Rebecca “Being intentional very quickly starts to intersect with every area of your life: how you spend your time, who you spend your time with, and what projects or goals you focus on. I find myself constantly in a state of gratitude—being thankful, knowing that I have everything I need.”

Writing about the decluttering, Rebecca writes “When it comes to the bottom line, a bit of decluttering can do a whole lot of good. Whether you become a full-on minimalist or not, you should never underestimate the power of a good tidying sesh”.