Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Minimalist Mindset in Blogland



I've been a fan of a blog/website for some time now.  It's located HERE.
This guy is a true Minimalist believer.
Minimalism as a movement is hot right now...especially with the techno generation.

It's drawing many people into it's ranks.
Some of these folks and their blogging efforts are fabulous and thought provoking....others not so much.
Embracing true, full-frontal minimalism as a way of life is not for the faint of heart and not for most people....including me!
What I do is draw lessons from this path and apply them to my own life as I see fit.
Even if you think these minimalist people are froot loops, some of the ideas are valid and CAN enrich your own life. 

Here is a brief wishlist/ to-do list to get to a minimalist state....
Stop buying unnecessary things.
Toss half your stuff, learn contentedness.
Reduce half again.
List 4 essential things in your life,
stop doing non-essential things.
Do these essentials first each day, clear distractions
focus on each moment.
Let go of attachment to doing, having more.
Fall in love with less.
 This list sounds a lot like just decluttering and simplifying your life, right?
True minimalism takes it a step further until you strip away all but the bare bones of possessions, money as well as doing(working and other doing that isn't working for pay).

Now on the other hand, many out there in cyberspace are calling themselves Minimalists.
They have taken some of the concepts/theories and applied them to their lives.
That's a good thing.
But....they still embrace other concepts/behaviors that are in complete conflict with true minimalist insight.
Some are just Posers and some are what I refer to as Minimalist-Lite.
I'm not there yet, but I may end up living a Minimalist-Lite life.
Except for the giving up money thing.
I have a problem with that one....lol

A very popular concept right now among the Minimalists is this notion of  Only Owning 100 Things.
I get why you limit yourself to a certain number.  But owning 100 things is an arbitrary number that doesn't "One Size Fits All"!
And by trying to put every minimalist follower into the same slot like that makes for some funny as shit incongruities!

Here's another Minimalist devotee's blog GET OFF THIS WHEEL.
He made a hilarious video about "minimalists" and posted it on the blog.
Please go check it out.
If you have been hanging around minimalist blogs or groups, you will SO get this! ;-)



Sluggy

3 comments:

  1. My MIL is a hoarder and shudders at the word minimilist...
    It's finding time to do the purging in my life....
    I'll check him out tho! Maybe I'll get some good tips to do quick minimilism cleansing.

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  2. I saw this one the other day. Very funny!

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  3. While we have been getting rid of some non-essential things in our home, I don't know that I could be a minimalist, even a light one. I need more than 100 things in my life.

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