Minimalism Misconceptions

The minimalism trend is big right now and I have to say, I am so pleased that I joined the cause. It isn’t just because it’s aesthetically pleasing, but also because by focusing less on materialism and appreciating what we have, we can feel happier. Before learning more about and falling in love with elements of minimalism, I had my own misconceptions. I was so wrong, so today I thought I would share some of those misunderstood aspects with you.


Minimalists never by anything new again.

OK, so the idea is that minimalists only buy something brand new if they really need it. That makes sense. However, what that actually means is that they avoid buying things on impulse and spend time carefully considering any purchase. It can also mean that they will try to buy preloved things, or recycled items before they choose a brand new item.

Does that mean that they will never buy anything new though? Well, no it doesn’t. There are some things that we need that we can only get in this way.  Instead, the minimalist approach is being mindful of not buying too much new stuff, just for the thrill of the purchase.


Minimalists don’t care about their stuff.

There is another school of thought and that is that minimalists don’t take care of their belongings. Perhaps we can assume that this idea is born out of the fact that minimalism encourages us to be less materialistic, less motivated and less defined by what we have.

So is it true? Of course not. In fact, it is the opposite. Typically, minimalists will often try to repair older items instead of purchasing new. Becoming more minimalist teaches you to treasure and value the things you own. Hand in hand would be a wish to protect them in ways such as insurance cover, something can help you to learn more about. After all, just because we might own fewer things it doesn’t mean that we have less to worry about.


Minimalists have to have light and spacious homes.

When you see minimalists online or on social media, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that they all have sparse spacious homes, decorated in white, with lots of natural light. Of course, if this is your style (and let’s be fair, it’s particularly fashionable right now), it can be a lovely way to live, but you don’t have to have a home like this to live the minimalist way.


Minimalists are supremely stylish.

Finally, while I love being associated with a movement that is known for its style credentials, this isn’t really the point. Minimalism is about buying less and purchasing only in response to need rather than desire.

Therefore it does not necessarily follow that those participating in minimalism will live in the most stylishly decorated homes. As an example, Buddhist monks live in a minimalist way in shared dormitories in their monasteries, but that doesn’t mean images of these grace the type of magazine you’ll find at with a double page spread.


So what do you think? Do you have any other pre or misconceptions about the ways of minimalism?



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