I must confess that during the extreme downsizing I did several months ago, minimalism was no-where on my radar. However in recent weeks, I’ve discovered this interesting new way to live. And it’s not as extreme as the name implies.
Just to clarify, I subscribe to minimalism as a means to an end—how to live simply with only what I absolutely need in my life. It’s making my life so much easier as there’s less maintenance required for what I do have. Living in a tiny apartment has significantly reduced the cleaning to be done (my least favorite activity). Fewer rooms, less to clean! Enough clothing so I can change often but my closet isn’t stretching beyond its boundaries.
Minimalism is about letting go of the unnecessary so the necessary has more space. Now I must admit that unlike some other minimalists, I do need my car, computer, some creature comforts such as artwork and beauty around me. At this point, my “garden” lives in pots on my balcony, and that’s good too. Very little weeding to do! And I might even harvest a few tomatoes this summer!
Back to letting go. Call it downsizing if you like, they’re the same thing. At some point in life, most of us will have to downsize whether because we’re empty nesters or our health has failed. Some of us get this out of the way before it becomes necessary. I recommend taking care of this ourselves over waiting until we can’t make our own decisions about what happens to our belongings.
By initiating our own downsizing or letting go, we can decide who gets what of our treasures. Of course we all have treasures of some sort whether family heirlooms or a special piece of jewelry. Wouldn’t it be better to take care of the distribution ourselves? I think so.