I just finished reading this post about Celebrating The Art Of Clutter and it got me to thinking.
Minimalism tends to get viewed as shaming. The collectors are feeling shamed when someone they know is getting rid of all their collections.
But here’s the deal:
We’re not judging.
Minimalism isn’t embraced because of snobbery.
And we know it’s not perfect for everyone.
For many people, having clutter around- even organized clutter, feels chaotic. Some of us were not born with an innate ability to be putting away, dusting, and arranging. If there gets to be too much stuff surrounding us, it feels out-of-control and we get anxious and depressed.
The majority of people in abundant societies feel this way to a certain degree. We’ve got more belongings than we need, and it tends to spill out of the cupboards, crowding the garage and since we don’t know how to let it go, we haul it down to the storage unit and pay someone else to hold onto it for us.
That is what minimalist are avoiding.
Minimalism is about finding a balance. And that balance is different for every person and every family.
It’s not about proving how much better we are than others- it’s doing what we needed to do for our family.
I had to get extreme in my de-owning. Because for me to be present with my children, to focus on family rather than wallowing in self loathing, I had to get rid of more than many others find necessary. Which translates to minimalism. Because I have so much less stuff, it seems extreme.
It’s nothing against people who enjoy collecting things.
When people make positive changes in their life, the joy it brings begins to overflow- they want to share the freedom that they’ve found.
What changes have you made in your life that have been rewarding? Are your friends and family supportive?