Do they go hand-in-hand?
I consider myself a pretty organized person, and an aspiring minimalist. Sometimes I succeed in both goals and sometimes I struggle. We all do. However all we can do is keep trying.
I love this little nook here; it is almost my idea of minimalism. It is clean and orderly but not plain. The simple white walls highlight the items and the beautiful greenery adds life to the area.
If I realize I have accumulated too many new clothes, I go through my closet and pare it back down. I try to stick to the “one in, one out” rule but it’s not 100%. I have followed a number of minimalism blogs for years now, and everyone has their own definition of what minimalism means. And this is the truest facet of minimalism — that it means something different to each person. Granted, there are plenty of examples of extreme minimalism (such as Andrew Hyde’s “The 15 Things I Own”) however that it certainly not realistic for most people. I know that I have more than 15 things in my purse alone!
One of the first blogs I discovered several years ago was Miss Minimalist. I absolutely love this post of hers, “Don’t Organize Your Clutter”. It changed the way I look at both organization and minimalism. Once I stopped and thought about it, it made so much sense to me. That true organization can’t exist without decluttering first. Her concept of “one” is quite intriguing.
One of my other favorites is Courtney Carver of Be More With Less. I’ve even gotten the chance to hear her speak! She is most known for her concept, Project 333. if you are new to the world of minimalism, I highly suggest you take a look at “How to Become a Minimalist“. She offers a handful of nice little ways to start minimalizing your life.
In addition to these overall minimalist articles, I have also looked into minimalist skincare, minimalist makeup, and a minimalist packing list. I look forward to discussing these specific areas in the near future.
I would love to hear your comments on what you want to minimalize in your life and what you have been successful in minimizing so far!