As I go about my daily life these days there is nothing that I do which makes me think ‘I do this because/therefore I am a minimalist’.
The question above is one that won’t go away, something I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking once the initial honeymoon period of purging your stuff and ‘going minimalist’ fades.
Nothing else to throw out. No external stresses to remove or change. A life simplified.
I think minimalism is just a tool to enable you to snap out of bad habits and focus on the things that really matter (which we all know aren’t things at all). My days and spare time are filled with seeing friends or doing things with loved ones (when I’m not studying for my degree). Life if busier than ever and there isn’t room for contemplating my minimalist life.
But this could be the point that I am missing. The fact that I am doing all these things is because I have made space for them and have removed the excess so I can focus on them, by continuing to do this I am actually practising minimalism every day. The gradual change in mentality or priorities isn’t discernible on a day to day basis but this shift alone is a dramatic one for me.
Now, buying where required isn’t about filling a void, it’s about fulfilling a purpose.
Inadvertently I have found out I have what is called a ‘capsule wardrobe’ (not something I knew much about until M filled me in!), as I don’t want or need more than is required. When an item is worn or not fit for use it is replaced by something of quality that will last longer and fit multiple purposes if possible.
So am I still a minimalist? I would say a resounding yes, and the better life I lead day to day is proof of it as opposed to showing it to be just a phase or a tool.
Minimalism isn’t about the reduction of stuff, it’s more about a shift in mindset and how you view the world and what really matters.