Some minimalists are making the news lately – not necessarily a bad thing, but is it the right thing?
I get the minimalist approach: own less to enjoy life more.
However, when we go to extremes, rationality often loses value. While a minimalist home may look clean and stylish it may end up looking kind of sterile, like a home that is not lived in, not enjoyed by children and grandchildren, perhaps not even by a cat or a dog. Some may think a minimalist home looks artful, while others proclaim – Boring!
Rather than thinking in terms of how much we own, or how little…we should be thinking of the quality, usefulness and share-ability of the items that we care for.
Simple design is a form of minimalism, with a more human, perhaps womanly, touch.
Don’t empty your rooms to achieve happiness. Just decide for yourself how much is enough and then remove what doesn’t fit in with your new life. No one should criticize you for recycling and throwing your “past” away. Then, when you are ready for a design change, stick with the simplicity of natural materials and create your own future – just stay away from the edge.