Why Minimalism is Individualized

What do you think of when you hear the term minimalism?

Chances are, probably a lot of white or neutral tones. Large, open spaces unobstructed by furniture or knick-knacks. Natural textiles and fibers and materials.

Maybe a single bowl and spoon and a book to journal in.

At least that's what comes to mind when I hear the word. Which technically is true.

But what's also true is that minimalism is different for every person.

You see, it's a very personal thing. What I need to survive, you may find excessive. What you need to have may not be relevant to me at all.

I have a friend that has a lot of stuff in her home. I love her, but I could never live in her home - there's just literal junk lying around.

And yet, what I realized the other day floored me.

Despite the fact that it was cheap stuff, things that I did not find myself attracted to nor could understand any beauty in, there was something very important about those objects.

They made my friend happy.

Like, really happy. Deliriously happy.

If she had to give them or throw them away, she honestly would be very sad and depressed.

It's weird the relationship that we have with objects. As humans, we tend to anthropomorphize things and give the emotions and personalities in a very short amount of time.

I realized that to my friend, giving away her items would be like giving her children away. She was emotionally connected to them, and no matter what anyone would say, she would never see differently.

It was good to remind me that minimalism is all relative, but it only matters as far as what you feel and think.

Do I think that it's a good idea to be as minimalistic in our purchases and material items in life? Yes. I start to lose appreciation when I start having more items than I can keep track of or remember that I have. A single flower's beauty is depreciated by having too many of them.

But at the same time, I know that I can't just live in a bare concrete box. I need to have certain things in my life that are important to me and that are emotionally fulfilling.

What does minimalism mean to you? Do you consider yourself a minimalist person?