Minimalists remind us to keep only those things whose purpose align with our purposeSophia Calima
Modern life inundates us with things which constantly need our attention. From schedules, bills to household chores, could it be that we just have too much? And if so, what can we do about it? Less stuff means less time and money spent taking care of those stuff. Hopefully, this translates into more resources redirected into experiences that renew us.
Recently, Marie Kondo has become synonymous with decluttering and “spark joy,” but this minimalism-inspired approach has roots in ancient China. In feng shui, clutter represents stagnant energy which impedes the flow of qi, the universal life force which connects everything and everyone. New opportunities, including career and relationships, are not made manifest as there’s no room for growth.
For most of us, clearing away clutter can be a time-consuming and emotional process. It’s not easy to let go of something which belongs to us, even more so when we’ve spent a considerable amount of time and energy in acquiring it. Minimalists believe that owning less creates an opportunity to live more. They go against consumerism and materialism while emphasizing the importance of intentionality, courage and perseverance. They remind us to keep only those things whose purpose align with our purpose. Not to mention, a cluttered area doesn’t function as well as an organized one.
And how might this look like in practice? A holistic interior designer understands that creating a meaningful place involves selecting its design and all items in it for a reason – to enrich well-being and success of occupants. Fewer fixed elements in a space allows it to be adaptable. In “A No-Frills Kitchen Still Cooks,” food journalist and author Mark Bittman suggests around 30 cooking implements for most types of dishes. In the living area, multifunctional furniture, like nesting tables and drop leaf table tops, that can be easily rearranged to suit a number of situations are key. Multiuse storage solutions, which double as decor, are also good options. While closed storage conceal and organize objects, open units, like display shelves, visibly declare what’s important.