Redefining Minimalism

Hello Tiny lifestyle enthusiasts, or the tiny-curious.

Today I feel like talking about what can sometimes be the elephant in the room. In any event, it is quite the buzz-word these days so let’s talk about it.

Minimalism.

What comes to your mind when you think of Minimalism

For me, I think of sparse, scarcity or lack, not enough, doing without…none of these words or phrases are very comforting. Maybe you think of minimalism as depriving yourself of things, but I assure you that’s a very different philosophy. (Asceticism, if you’re wondering)

The official Merriam and Webster definition (from m-w.com):

Minimalism is a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.

If you think you have to give up everything and live the life of a hermit with one set of clothing in order to go tiny, you’ve been focusing on the wrong side of minimalism. I’m sure as you read the definition you saw immediately what I saw. “Extreme” and “Spareness.”

Minimalism doesn’t have to be extreme. In fact it can be more about paring down to the essentials of life, not universal essentials, but YOUR essentials.

Listen, for me it is essential that I have a Kitchenaid mixer and a food pro. If you’re not a baker, then you might care less about those items and more about that vintage typewriter you own (Okay I care about that too!) The point is this; you get to define minimalism for yourself when you go tiny. You get to define what is essential to you and what is not. If you need to have an espresso maker, cool, you can have an espresso maker. If you need to have a guitar collection, cool, but it will have to be the guitars that are essential and not the extraneous “I never play that one…” variety.

There is no one way to go tiny. It is as individual and unique an experience as each person is individual and unique.

My vision of minimalism looks more like a different –ism.

Essentialism: Having only what is essential to your lifestyle and standard of living and nothing more, also, nothing less. (my words)

My husband and I have been paring down our lives to essentials for a while now. It is incredibly freeing to let go of things you don’t need, never use, and therefore just clutter up your space and your mind. Getting rid of the extraneous can lead to a clearer head and easier breathing.

Living “essentially” opens doors for you to be more mindful of who you are, how you live and what is important to you. It helps you to think about yourself in new and different ways; it allows you to be creative and intentional with your life.

Maybe going tiny will free you and your finances up to live a bigger life than you thought possible.

You can find a ton of resources to help you on your journey towards “essentializing” your life.

Here are a few that I found useful:

Books:

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Websites:

 http://theeverygirl.com/how-to-create-a-capsule-wardrobe

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/becoming-minimalist-start-here/

'd love to hear your comments as to how you're defining essentialism for yourself.  Until next time, live life large...go tiny!

Jessica