*I was listening to a podcast earlier from the Minimalists (those guys who made the Netflix documentary) that gave me the idea for this blog post. They have a really great podcast that I highly recommend to anyone interested in the idea of minimalism.
Many people have a misconception about minimalism and minimalists. It is that minimalism means deprivation and that minimalists live blank, empty lives void of anything colorful, meaningful, and/or enjoyable. You see this misconception all over the internet. People have made numerous videos and blog posts about how awful minimalism is and how lifeless minimalists are in turn.
But that is so far from the truth.
Yes, there are some minimalists out there who have very empty spaces and very few objects. And generally, that is by choice. But I dare say that the majority of minimalists have average looking spaces that house any number of items. The difference between a minimalist and a non-minimalist being that those items are intentionally owned and placed.
In other words, a minimalist typically doesn’t buy something just because it is on sale and looks cute.
When I look around my own house, I see things I really like and some things that I truly love. The items that I allow into my space add value not just for me, but also for my family. That value can be usefulness, sentimental, or just pure enjoyment. But whatever the case, it is still value.
I thought it would be fun to share five things that I consider favorites in my house. These are items that I see value in. They may not be exciting to anyone else, but I love them.
The following items are in no particular order. They are just things I have that I enjoy very much. If you were to look around your house, you might have similar items or you might not. We are all so unique in our ideas of value and importance – that is why no one minimalist will live exactly the same as another.
I love my Birkenstock sandals. Why? They are comfortable and they last forever. Well, maybe not forever, but this pair has been worn by me for the past ten years.
When I bought these, they were ridiculously expensive. I remember a family member stating that it was a stupid amount of money to spend on sandals. But I knew what they didn’t know. I knew that these sandals would stand the test of time. They have formed to my feet, making them specifically mine. They may be well worn, but they still have many years left in them, and they are cute. Ok, maybe not to other people, but to me they are cute.
My jewelry box is small. I don’t need a big one. I don’t own or wear a ton of jewelry. I have a few pieces that are meaningful to me, and they all fit nicely in this box on my bedside table.
I’ve had this jewelry box since I was ten years old. My family lived for quite a while in Okinawa, Japan, and it was purchased there. The jewelry box was a gift from my dad. Everywhere I have lived since, this box has been with me.
Everyone who knows me know that I love my coffee. And as my family well knows, I drink it every morning from the exact same coffee mug. I have been using this mug for the past two years. It was a Christmas gift from my son.
Every other mug in my house could cease to exists, that is how much I like this one. It is the perfect size. I love the unique position of the handle. And the colors are very relaxing. And while I know this will sound a bit crazy, I am serious when I tell you that the coffee just tastes better when poured in this mug. It really does!
I used to have a fairly large wallet full of all kinds of junk. I had papers and cards and all sorts of unnecessary things. I carried it all around because that seemed to be what everyone else did. Then I started minimizing my life. As I went through my belongings, I eventually came to my wallet. I threw out almost everything in it and was left with empty pockets and card slots. It was silly to continue carrying it around. I eventually got a smaller wallet, but even it was too big. Then my dad made me exactly what I needed.
Yes, my dad made it! His hobby is leather working. He even has a small business where he sells the items he makes. This wallet is so perfect for me. When you open it up, there are two card pockets. I carry my driver’s license and a couple of other necessary cards. There is also plenty of space if I need to stash some cash, but overall it is a very minimalist wallet. Not typical for a girl, I know, but absolutely perfect for me. I can fit it in my pocket if I don’t want to carry my purse. And the blue color with the owl stamped on it is meaningful because my gamertag is BlueOwlMoon.
Gamertag? That brings me to my last favorite thing…
Xbox and Assassins Creed Odyssey
Yep, that’s right. One of my favorite things is a video game.
Even a minimalist can enjoy something simply for enjoyment’s sake. There is no usefulness, no great purpose, and nothing overly intentional about my video game hobby. I just like playing, and currently I am obsessed with a game called Assassins Creed Odyssey. In fact, I am so obsessed with it that I have stopped playing all other games.
Life can be so serious at times, I find that immersing myself in fun video game is a way to relax and just escape the craziness of the world. If you are an Xbox gamer, look me up on the app and we can connect. Like I said, my gamertag is BlueOwlMoon.
So Many More
This list could go on and on. You see, I have many things in my home that I love. There is nothing empty or lifeless about my space. And I never feel like I am depriving myself of anything. Minimalism just gives me a life full of what I believe actually matters, and that makes for a life more pleasantly lived. I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of my favorites.
What are some of your favorite things?