Minimalism is having a moment.
We, my friends, are smack dab in the middle of a cross-industry appreciation of minimalist aesthetic. Despite fully acknowledging that I myself have been swept up by this movement, I also wonder (perhaps optimistically) if it's part of a larger phenomenon. I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, follow Unfancy as well as the blogs of other capsule wardrobe enthusiasts, and have watched the number of #minimalist pictures skyrocket on Instagram. Yes, it's a trend. Yes, content featuring the minimalist dream girl is EVERYWHERE. Yes, like all trends, this will be superseded by a next thing. I'm crossing my fingers, however, that the foundation of this trend might reflect something a bit larger. Call me naive, but I'd love to think that there's a correlation between the push to live with less, and a general swing toward conscious consumerism.
What do you think of when you hear "minimalism?"
Is it sparsely decorated, neutral-toned interiors? What about the work of Jo Baer and her art full of negative space? That's pretty much what I used to picture whenever the term was mentioned. Turns out, it's not really about a look, or at least, it doesn't have to be.
To me (as well as many others) minimalism isn't about decor or style. I'm hardly a minimalist to look at, and I doubt I'll ever do away with my collection of books like Marie Kondo prescribes. To glance our home, Ryan and I strive for coziness, and fill our small space with items of significance. We love the intricacies of the art in our apartment, much of which was created by my sister, full of rich colors, complexities, and details. In many ways these things are antithetical to what many think typifies minimalist decor. They are commensurate, however, with our rendition of minimalist living.
Ultimately, minimalism is intentionality. It's entirely internal, and thus entirely subjective. It's a tool for maximizing happiness, and its utilization is unique to each person. Adoption is less about sleek lines or stark colors, partly about simplicity, but mostly about joy. I am intentionally trying to create joy through appreciating what I have and distinguishing it from whatever it is that I think I need to make me feel fulfilled.
Whatever life we want, we probably already have the stuff needed to live it.
So ya, that's what I mean when I say minimalism.
P.S. Full spring capsule rundown to come as soon as I figure out how to make photoshop do the things I want it to do.