Lately on Facebook and YouTube I've been seeing lots of people asking if the minimalism trend is dead or dying. If you want to know my take on this (and why it really doesn't matter if it's trending or not!), then click here to watch the video:
Why Minimalism Matters
So here's the thing– it really doesn't matter if the trend of minimalism is going away or not. What really counts is how it fits in with your personal journey. If you're happy with a more minimalist lifestyle and if getting rid of 80% of your stuff has helped you, then keep at it!
Try not to get too caught up in labels because you don't get a prize for having the least amount of possessions– you just want to live your best life and be as content as possible, so whatever amount of stuff makes you truly happy is what you should have!
Am I a Minimalist?
This isn't a question with a yes-or-no answer. There are lots of ways I'm more minimal:
- I'm pretty ruthless about decluttering.
- I LOVE wide open spaces with lots of blank spots for my eyes to rest.
- It makes me feel anxious to have a bunch of clutter all over.
But there are lots of ways that I'm totally NOT minimalist:
- I've never just wanted as few things as possible.
- I have lots of hobbies like cake decorating, card-making, crafty stuff, etc., and I have plenty of supplies to go along with that.
- I have lots of clothes, and I've even done a video on why I DON'T have a capsule wardrobe.
- I've chosen specific areas where I don't want to be a minimalist at all, and that totally works for me!
These are just my personal experiences with minimalism – everyone's journey is unique! If you think you might be a minimalist but you're not sure where to start, check out my friend Marissa's post “What is Minimalism? 10 Simple Principles for Beginner Minimalists” – she outlines the fundamentals of a minimalist lifestyle that goes far beyond merely getting rid of stuff, and dives deeper into the motivation behind minimalism.
Can you take Minimalism too far?
Minimalism is shifting toward “intentionalism,” which is really what it was about all along. A lot of the original minimalist influencers are finding their lives are changing (as life always does!), and minimalism works great in some stages of life and less well in others. You're allowed to be flexible. Minimalism is not a religion– you can always change your mind!
You can definitely take minimalism too far, and a lot of people are realizing this. Decluttering can truly be life-changing, but there is no competition to have the least amount of stuff. Sometimes taking things to the extreme can actually cause you more stress. Do you find yourself absolutely agonizing because you have one more of whatever item than you think you should? Go easy on yourself and realize that it's okay to change the rules.
Although this isn't a bombshell, Minimalism doesn't solve ALL your problems. It can seem like minimalist influencers have completely transformed their lives– but they're usually making a ton of other changes, too. They may be getting healthier, evaluating family priorities, work-life balance, etc., all at the same time. Going minimal with their stuff is just one piece of that puzzle.
If you're finding that you've gotten rid of 80% of your stuff and you're just still not super happy, know that it's not just about getting rid of your stuff. I've totally been here– I expected going minimal to help me in so many ways, and it does help in some, but like any other change you make, it will never make your life 100% perfect. It doesn't mean it won't help and it's not worthwhile, though!
Whether it's trending or not, I think adopting some of the concepts of minimalism would benefit almost everyone. Reducing your stuff to just what you need, want, or love can be so freeing, and if we're also really intentional about what we allow not just into our homes, but also into our calendars, our headspace– now THAT will never go out of style!