What Is Minimalism?

This is the second post in my “What Is….?” series.  The first post I wrote was about Maximalism and you cna find that post here.

We hear so much about Minimalism these days, its uttered like a magic word in so many different places and has been seen as a cure for mental health ailments, consumerism, hoarding, environmental issues (such as the problem we have with plastics) and a host of other things, but what really is minimalism?

When we think of minimalism images of white rooms with sleek furniture spring to mind, rooms that are soul less and personality free, junk and clutter free, but I think that is probably the most unfair, stereotypical image to have.

Minimalism is living with fewer material things, and only living with what you really need.

It’s about simplifying your life, home, your wardrobe, your possessions.

It’s about only having what you need and doing away with excess things that can hinder your life.

It’s about choosing experiences over material goods.

It is about focusing on what really matters, the things of value in our lives and letting go of the things that hinder that sight.

Minimalism is not about doing without or having a bland home, life or style.  Neither is it about being frugal or not having any fun.  Rather Minimalism enhances the fun.

Minimalism is a blank canvas on which to place your values and your goals.

Minimalism is a simpler way of life.

 

What Is Maximalism?

Maximalism is a reaction to minimalism and is pretty much the opposite of what we have visions of when we think about minimalism.

Maximalism is an abundance of colour, of ornaments and a way of styling our homes to show off our belongings all at once.

Maximalism is about embracing colour and texture, clashing patterns, colours and textures to create a visually interesting home.

Maximalism is about focusing on the big items and the small, adding detail that is rich in tone, never boring.

Maximalism is a host of cushions placed on the sofa along with throws to create a cozy sitting area.

Maximalism is about creating warmth with lamps and candles placed strategically around the room.

Maximalism is embracing the unique, quirky, and unexpected and adding them in unexpected places.

Maximalism is upcycling furniture and other objects to create something fun.

Maximalism is stand out, strong, independent and fun.

Maximalism is everything that I love.

I am a maximalist.