Ah, yes. Here comes the pretty part of Minimalism. Aesthetic.
Now, there are two different views, or perceptions, of what minimalism means to people. There is the functional view of minimalism, which we use to narrow down our things to what is useful and functional. What’s your minimum amount of things you need to live your life? Then, there is the aesthetic side. This relates to the simplistic design, decoration, and atmosphere of a room. It has been created to promote peace, direction, and beauty in your life.
I feel that there is a lot of talk about what it means to be a minimalist, but it would better serve people to not judge and just help each other live more fulfilling lives through the freedom that minimalism gives us. www.SaveAndSplurge.com sums it up nicely. Here is the author’s list of stereotypes and why we shouldn’t worry about them so much.
Many people think being a minimalist means all of the following:
– Being eco-friendly by shunning cars and going vegan
– Don’t like variety and will only wear neutral colours for life
– Really into yoga, homeopathic remedies, and all about their ‘chi’
– Doesn’t watch TV. EVER.
– Never buying anything
– Never using chemicals
– Lives with only 100 items (one of which includes a teacup)
– Shuns materialism and consumerism
– Thinks anyone who likes stuff is a mindless shopping zombie
– Being 100% frugal to the point where you reuse plastic bags & floss
– Only sleeps on people’s couches and doesn’t have a home
People who are minimalists CAN be all of the above, but you don’t have to do any of the following to be a minimalist.
In my opinion, the two main categories (functionalism and aesthetic) go hand in hand. I do not want to give up all of my possessions to live in a space that does not inspire me! That would defeat the whole purpose. So if you’re like me, finding a way to incorporate both ways of thinking is most beneficial to my life.
In my opinion, the best way to go about clearing away your unneeded possessions & building a better atmosphere in your home & workspace is to:
- Clear away everything that you don’t want. (Donate, recycle, sell, whateva!)
- Look at what you have and organize it.
- Read up on Space Clearing and/or Feng Shui, if the energy and placement of objects affect you.
- Visualize your ideal environment for peace & productivity.
- Re-arrange what you already have to create that environment.
- For anything that you feel is lacking, write it down & think on it before purchasing.
- Read the Everyday Minimalist‘s article on “Why aesthetics matter in minimalism”. There are two great sections in this article.
- One is about how “Minimalism Craves Beauty”. She talks about the act of buying a computer mouse, & how quality and look serves purpose in her life.
- She then talks about how “Having limited resources means a necessity for beauty”. You may actually save money by appreciating and understanding the minimalist aesthetic, instead of just going for cheap & somewhat functional.
- Research what you’d like to purchase, and choose intentionally.
- Enjoy your inspiring space!
Hopefully these steps will decrease anxiety, increase mindfulness & peace, and set you on the right track to living the life you dream of!
Happy vibes, & cheers!