While I don’t see myself becoming a minimalist ever, ideas of effortless, happy productivity and a decluttered home do have their charm. Simplifying life to me means living authentically, with clarity and intention, whilst doing my best to avoid chaos both inside and outside my person.
When a soul rests at home
My home is my sanctuary and also an immediate extension of me, I spend a lot of time in it and it is a place that should support my various efforts rather than be a source of frustration, stress and general unhealth.
Perhaps I wouldn’t care as much about my home in particular, if I were working outside of it, but currently I’m setting up shop at home as an entrepreneur. Trying to create a routine that covers health, work and home all at the same time, comes with its own challenges, and at some point I sighed to myself that I wished my life was simpler somehow, with less stuff and fewer worried moments of what to do when.
While minimalism across all areas of my life isn’t feasible, or what I desire even, there are contexts such as individual rooms or information on paper where I think it would be beneficial not to merely declutter a bit, but aim for actual minimalism.
Like I mentioned in my introduction to the Health category, I have no interest in claiming there’s one true way, that I have the one true method, which will solve all your productivity and home-related problems in three simple steps, or something equally ridiculous.
Life changes, people come and go, hobbies and other interests come and go, we up-size or down-size homes, natural or other disasters happen, and political situations change if nothing else.
In short, nothing is permanent and basing our existence on that illusion will only create problems.
What I’m aiming to here, therefore, is to help all of us think of everyday life more dynamically. We could cultivate an agile mind, which doesn’t get stuck in one way of thinking, but recognises soon enough when things seem to be changing somehow, and is able to reasonably swiftly adjust to new conditions.
I also prefer to think in terms of workflows and processes rather than tell you exactly how to organise your bedroom, because what if you don’t have one, but sleep in a studio apartment? Or how about the ‘family room’ when you don’t have a family? Or walk-in closet for clothes when you’re a minimalist with a wardrobe adhering to ideas of Project 333? And what if you’re disabled somehow, in need of help from others? Assumptions and sweeping statements can be hurtful, so I want to avoid those, too.
Since I’m on a journey to discover the increasingly simplified life, this blog topic will be the most organic of all, but I hope you join me in your own way to create your unique method, customised to your ever-changing circumstances.