Maintaining Sanity While in Quarantine: How Minimalism Can Help

With most places quickly approaching mandatory lock downs, or more softly put, ‘stay at home’ orders, many of us are now finding a lot more time on our hands. Some people are choosing to capitalize on this new found time by getting to their at-home to do lists, jump starting their passion projects, or learning a new skill. Others may be tasked with caring for their children while schools and daycares are closed. Maybe that means homeschooling or maybe that means trying to keep them entertained while juggling remote work. Whatever your situation is rest assured minimalist practices can help you maintain your sanity, peace, and more importantly, perspective in times like these.

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5 Reasons to Consider Minimalist Design When It Comes to Your Home

At the end of the day our homes may tell our stories. Like the time you were in Portugal and stopped dead in your tracks at a beautiful watercolor art piece by a local artist. You couldn’t take your eyes off it so you bought it and every time you pass it on your way out the door it ignites and inspires you. Or that one time you took a pottery class just for fun with your friend and attempted your best at a hand-made vase. Slight imperfections but it holds water and displays the freshly cut flowers you bring home once a week that make you happy. By all means let your home tell these stories. Do not deprive yourself of items that bring value or joy to your life. But do not confuse story telling for expression. Your home and the things in it do not represent you nor do they define you. Your worth is not in the expensive cashmere throw blanket or the $2,000 gilded mirror. Your worth goes far beyond anything you could ever buy and minimalism is one of the best tools to uncover that. So, go forth and minimize!

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Decluttering 101: The Why & How of Minimalistic Purging

…it happened. I was sucked deep into the black hole of the internet where I read story after story of people who significantly downsized and turned their backs on conventional consumerism and were actually happier because of it. The more blogs I read and podcasts I listened to, the more fascinated I became with the concept of minimalism and intentional living. I didn’t just want to begrudgingly dispose of my possessions. I wanted to embrace it. We all know, superficially, what matters in life. Ask anyone and a majority will tell you it’s things like family, health, and well-being, but most won’t show you that. I was no different and I no longer wanted to live that kind of life.

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What is Minimalism?

I wrote and re-wrote this post about four times. I struggled with the best way to describe minimalism without sounding generic. On paper it’s not difficult to define, but in real life it’s a little more complex. Minimalism is not a yes-no or black-and-white lifestyle. It’s full of gray areas with idiosyncrasies, sometimes irony and the four letter word many people hate – work. So, I decided to speak freely from the heart and describe what minimalism has done for me without the bells and whistles or the curated ‘moment of epiphany’ story that seems to align so perfectly with a life lesson. Minimalism has never been that for me. Like I said, it’s work, especially at first. But, eventually it becomes entrenched in your life and the benefits are beyond rewarding.

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