Taking Minimalism Too Far?


So, I wanted to talk about minimalism in a light that you don't see often on the internet, or at least yet. The movement is growing, it's sweeping the internet, and many people are jumping on the bandwagon left and right. And that's great. I think more people should consider incorporating it into their life because the effects are very rewarding. Living with less is an amazing feeling. But when does it go too far? Here's the thing, I haven't been minimizing over the past year just for the sake of having less. I mean, in a way I suppose I have been, but I'm not counting and limiting myself. I wanted to declutter and I wanted to surround myself with more meaning. I wanted to change my perspective, work towards saving money, and be more frugal. I wanted to only own either the things that I truly loved for what they were or own the things that were very useful in my life. I like to be well-organized, and having less launches organization forward immensely. I want to travel more and be tied down to less.  

Back to my first question: when does it all go too far? I've started to notice a sense of limitation and restriction around the word "minimalism." People have asked me if it was OK to keep their entire movie or makeup collection if they love it. I've seen comments left on some of my favorite YouTuber's videos, "Why are you wearing all that makeup, I thought you were a minimalist?" or, "Why did you buy some paintings to hang on your wall? That's not very minimalist of you." I've seen people fret over a capsule wardrobe number count, and I've read comments stating that minimalism is all about only owning white and/or black. Another great example, "I have a seashell collection that I absolutely love and cherish, but it's not essential to my everyday living. Can I keep it?" I don't know, can you? There are no rules. There is no book out there telling you what you should and shouldn't keep. Sure, some people like myself write blog posts or create content to give helpful guidelines and insight, but it's really your call in the end. I feel as though there are people focusing on the wrong aspects and it's only adding more stress to their lives - something minimalism is supposed to reduce. Don't put yourself in a box. Don't let counting and categorizing become the main focuses.

I've discovered a new word that has been floating around, and that is: intentionalism. I like it because it shifts the focus, centering less around the number of items you own and more around the intentions behind everything. Continue to delutter, but don't stress out about numbers and aesthetics. Don't criticize someone else because they wear makeup and claim to live a minimalist lifestyle. Don't criticize anyone for anything like that, just because you deem it unnecessary to own.  You can wear makeup, dye your hair, be a movie fanatic, and still be "minimalist."  There. Are. No. Rules. I just really wanted to write about this quick, because I've noticed a lot of criticism in the comments of other blogs and YouTube channels. Of course, my blog is small enough that I don't really have that, but it is out there.

Lastly, I've said this before but I really want to hone in on it, minimalism is not the end goal. It's merely a tool or process to get you to where you want to be in life. Minimalism takes place so happiness, fulfillment and dreams can be achieved and conquered. Don't forget you can send in blog requests on my new request page! Thanks for reading and I'll see you in my next blog post!

17 comments

  1. I love this post and the concept of intentionalism. Minimalism should be about making space for the things that matter most to you!

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    1. Absolutely, I agree!! I think people get more caught up in "remove, remove, remove," and they forget to focus on the intention behind possessions x

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  2. Great post! I've wondered about this very thing. Thanks for addressing.

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  3. This was a good post. I already know minimalism is not for me. I like my stuff, and I'll fully admit that.

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  4. This is so good, and I love the idea of intentionalism instead of minimalism. Be intentional about pursuing what makes you happy and fulfilled, not just obsessive about something because it's the latest fad without any idea about the purpose behind it.

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  5. I'm not a big fan of clutter and like to keep things simple. But at the same time if I see something that appeals to me I would buy it after some thought. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading this post.

    Lennae xxx
    www.lennaesworld.com

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  6. I like the term " intentional" too. The older I get the easier it is to scale down.

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  7. In my outfits, fashion and beauty yeah I can be minimal (ironically but I have haft of my stockroom for beauty items I've got from events and media friends). And at home, am so minimal. I haven't bought furniture yet coz I don't need it :)

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  8. Minimalism can be taken a little too far for some, but then again everyone else is different and have their own ways in life. I think just staying organized, clean and de-cluttering once in a while is perfect... at least for me it is

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  9. I couldn't agree more with your post. I have read a few minimalist bloggers that were very legalistic about the practice which I think misses the point like you said. I do like this new philosophy of intentionalism. I'll need to look into that some more. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Well thanks for going into details about what a minimalist means. I saw the word floating around recently but wasn't quite sure so I totally get it now. I have a whole lot of clothes and makeup that I don't really use so maybe its time to "de-clutter and save some more pennies this year!"

    www.travelbeautyblog.com

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  11. I would like to be at a comfortable level. If I use it keep it if not it should go. I get the confusion with a title but that's not on you or them. Its just a different interpretation on everyones part.

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  12. I enjoyed your post. Intentional minimalism is the way to go

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  13. I enjoyed this post, I have looked into be more minimalist, still working on it though. People need to know it is a process and is not something you do overnight. Great post.

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  14. LOVE the perspective! Well written, and your right! You DON'T see a lot of topic about taking minimalism too far! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I love the connection u made to minimalism and intentionalism. I'd like to start being intention in all aspects of my life!

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