Clutter smothers, simplicity breathes – minimalism is the ultimate sophistication.
What makes minimalism attractive?
“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.” – Joshua Becker.
So what makes it attractive? Aside from the clean, white look and feel of things, minimalism is more than just a lack of color. It can be an adapted lifestyle and way of thinking. The general act of minimizing helps us see clearly, figure out what matters most, and not let things get in the way of that focus.
Why practice minimalism?
Because it’s cool. Just kidding! Minimalism has its benefits and being a minimalist can really help you in different ways. On an honest level, I’m not a true minimalist haha! My room has color, funk, and personality. It’s not all clean lines and white. But then again, what is minimalism truly? I think it’s the practice of figuring out what matters most and cutting out all of the unnecessary extra fluff. It’s simple, or it should be. Let’s talk about some benefits and steps back.
b e n e f i t s . . . less stress, more organized, reduced clutter, cleaner feel, key items in check (no longer spending money on unnecessary things), more money in your pocket, simpler way of life, most important things held close, clearer mind, more space, safer decisions, routine, etc.
s t e p s b a c k . . . no variety, less creativity, prohibits spontaneity, lack of color, repetitive, limited choices, too simple, no true risk taking, etc.
So why bother?
Anything practiced in moderation is a good thing. I believe that you should always be open to adapting some of both. Give minimalism a shot and find a comfort level of your choosing. Whether it be mentally or physically. Reorganize and throw some things you don’t use away. Cut out the toxic people, keep your way of thinking more simple instead of getting caught up in all of the complex thought trails like what if’s. Try to eat cleaner or make better choices. Make time for things that matter and dispose of concerns that don’t. Worry less about things you can’t change and focus on different ways to improve and grow.
Don’t get me wrong, the world is not all black and white. There are dashes of color splashed here and there and your occasional gray areas. It is what you make of it. Your perspective makes a huge difference. One can look at minimalism as being narrow minded, while another can deem it as practicing simplicity.
Aesthetically speaking, black and white is pleasing to the eye. Clean lines, negative space. But it’s not all that! I used to have a white theme Instagram feed and while it was pretty, I easily got bored of the same black and white. Now I throw in color to spice things up. Minimalism isn’t something set in stone. Experiment. Give it a go and work out the best formula for you.
I’m happy to have found my own blend of what works for me and what doesn’t. I love having a semi-minimalist feed. I made over my room earlier this year with more minimalist items: all white furniture. I’ve learned to meditate, I’ve cleaned out my closet, and I worked on learning how to let things go. While all of that sounds minimalist to the t, I’ve also incorporated more color into my wardrobe, did some risk taking, and strive to always challenge myself.
Simple is good. A little complexity is also good. Find your balance.
Do you practice some form of minimalism? I’d love to hear!