If you read other blogs about minimalism, you’ll notice that there is no set standard for furniture within the minimalist home. A lack of clutter and belongings is customary but amount of furniture within the space is typically up to personal preference. Some people will say having certain things makes you “less minimalist” or not a true minimalist… I believe the principles of minimalism can be applied to whatever degree is comfortable to you and your lifestyle. If you plan to move around or travel a lot, then less furniture would be ideal. Having too much or spending too much on pieces would not make much sense if you are going to constantly be packing it up and moving on to new adventures in other cities. On the other hand, if you are a less nomadic, rational minimalist and prefer to get settled in a home or apartment for a few years or more, then a more comfortable living space with higher quality furniture may be just right for you. Don’t let anyone tell you something is not minimal enough. It’s up to you. It’s your life and your home. Here are some considerations to think about when deciding what furniture is best for your space and lifestyle.
There are many ways to define the concept of minimalism, but in general, it is a lifestyle that promotes living with less. Paring down your belongings to the essentials is a growing trend as people realize the frivolity of accumulating material possessions, especially in today’s economy. Minimalism means reducing the number of possessions, tackling debt, and learning what it means to be satisfied with a life of contentment verses wanting. The minimalist lifestyle focuses on the joy of less.
In terms of design, minimalism is the design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect. A minimalist design involves the concepts of simplicity, functionality, and efficiency within a given environment, in order to optimize the use of a space and have less visual clutter. There are many different styles of minimalist design based on the minimalist lifestyle level one adopts.
I believe myself to be a practical minimalist. Not to say that the extreme minimalists are not practical, but I do not plan to uproot my life at any given moment, nor count my possessions, nor live in a space with less than $100 worth of furniture that I gathered from a thift store. No, my minimalist life is practical in the sense that, any given person, at any given time, can mirror it. I am your typical recent college graduate with a significant amount of student loan debt who is simply seeking a way of life that allows me a greater level of control and contentment. I found that through minimalism. Now I want to combine my passion for design with my passion for minimalism and share just how easy it is to pursue a life of less while still maintaining a personal environment in which to love and grow.