Is Minimalism the Future?

By  now everyone reading this blog knows that I hate clutter. And if you follow me on Instagram, you may also know that I’m participating in a challenge to clear out clutter from my house this year! Does that mean I regard myself as a minimalist? Eh, probably not. However, I find the whole movement fascinating! Let’s talk about that, and how it relates to domestication! 

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Minimalism can mean different things to different people. There is no single set of rules that need to be followed to class you as a minimalist. Joshua Becker, founder and editor of the website ‘Becoming minimalist’ says “minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we value most and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” This statement perfectly summarizes minimalism. Minimalism is about being intentional with the way you live your life and aligning your time with what means the most to you. Minimalism doesn’t have to be about getting rid of everything you own, but about making room for more of what matters, allowing you more time, more peace, more space and more freedom.

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Minimalism itself is not a new concept; many religions encourage people to get rid of things that are considered to be a virtue. Figures such as Indian Civil Rights leader Mahatma Gandhi have preached about the powers of a simple life for years. With the rise of people broadcasting their ‘simpler’ lives on social media, it is almost becoming fashionable to have less. Whether travelling the world with just a single backpack or living in a small eco house, people are becoming more interested in simplifying material aspects of their lives.  

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