We are approaching Christmas. In my country is usually “clean the whole house from basement to the roof” , general house cleaning.
Last year I noticed the flood of minimalism, declutter videos and books. Star of that moment is Marie Kondo, Japanese teacher of decluttering. I red her both books: The life changing magic of tying up and Does it spark joy?
Books are great, she shares her wisdom, we need to have stuff that bring us joy and are useful to us, but I will never be a minimalist in a sense I will have 10 belonging.
The minimalists wrote:
So what is this minimalism thing? It’s quite simple: to be a minimalist you must live with less than 100 things, you can’t own a car or a home or a television, you can’t have a career, you must live in exotic hard-to-pronounce places all over the world, you must start a blog, you can’t have children, and you must be a young white male from a privileged background.
OK, we’re joking—obviously. But people who dismiss minimalism as some sort of fad usually mention any of the above “restrictions” as to why they could “never be a minimalist.” Minimalism isn’t about any of those things, but it can help you accomplish them. If you desire to live with fewer material possessions, or not own a car or a television, or travel all over the world, then minimalism can lend a hand. But that’s not the point.
You don’t have to be a minimalist to know what you want. There are plenty of exercises on that, like morning pages. Granted, if you bury yourself in a house filled with stuff, you need help. Minimalism is just one of the tools you can use to find out what you want. Even The minimalist said:
What is minimalism? If we had to sum it up in a single sentence, we would say, Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
On some forum, Ihad read also:
KonMari method is to be intentional with your choices. You buy things that spark joy, take care of it, give it away when the time comes; not freaking 3 months later when the season changes. It’s not about constantly replacing stuff.
Are you a minimalist? Did you read Marie Kondo books?