• Not a Minimalist

    I am greatly inspired by the movement called Minimalism.  I have read books and followed blogs by folks who espouse minimalism ... those who describe what it looks like and what it doesn't look like ... those who have used broad brush stokes to explain it - like "Less is More" and those who nail down the concept to the point of how to organize your sock drawer.

    Seriously, I love that minimalism defies definition.

    Plug the word minimalism into any online search engine and a plethora of links and titles pop up.  So I won't bother to enumerate titles I have read and enjoyed.  If you link the word "frugal" to minimalism in your mind, I will say most definitely, it is not the same thing at all.

    For me minimalism is simply reaching of "enough."  Enough for your needs - be they physical or emotional or mental.  Moving beyond "enough" or more than your needs is not a minimalist.

    So why do I even mention this at all.

    When I discovered the minimalist movement maybe 10 years ago, I strived for that.  Or I should say I strived for magazine equivalent of minimalism.   The magazine equivalent looks something like:
    • All surfaces clear of brick-a-bracka.
    • Drawers and closets with space to spare.
    • More visible floor space.
    • Less stuff on the walls.
    • No duplication of items.
    • No items stored for some distant point in time when I 'might' need them.
    Initially it was an astounding goal to strive for in a household that was more than one person and was filled with the possessions of several family members - possessions built over their life times.  But no matter.  I strove for that.  And as the clutter began to clear - I could feel that sense of well being that has been described over and over again by others.

    Then when the dust cleared after mom's death, and it was just my husband and I, I really stepped up the push to removed in some way all the stuff that was weighing me down.  Due to need, I even extended that to how much living space did we (a retired couple) really need to be happy and safe - ending in our move to condo living.

    Broadly stated, over 10 years we probably reduced our environment baggage by 75%.  

    But still ... I didn't fit that 'magazine image' of a minimalist.

    And then I realized that maybe I was a minimalist after all.  I had reach my goal of "enough."

    Then I walked into my yarn room.  Believe me when I say, I am far beyond 'enough' when it comes to my crafts.  And then I checked my pantry.  I am a food hoarder.  The pantry is always bulging and I can't seem to get that under control.

    I am not a minimalist.  I am a person who continues to strive for 'enough' in all things and although that state of being doesn't have a label like "Minimalist" ... I am ok with that.

    Or maybe I should just make up my own term.

    I am an "Enough-ist." 

    Hmm ... It doesn't roll of the tongue does it!?

    I am open to suggestions!!


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