How Logic Led Me to Minimalism

This is nice but still too cluttered.

For the whole of my life, I have been logical to an unfortunate degree. Once I learned the value of money as a small child, I would request that I be given cash in place of things. As young as four years old, when buying toys I would ask, “If I don’t spend all of it, will you give me the rest of the money?” The answer was always no but that didn’t stop me.

So as I got older, I realized that some of the things in my life were very inconvenient and by my account, not logical. For instance, I always hated making my bed. I didn’t see the point. I slept there. What difference did it make whether it looked presentable or not? It certainly wasn’t presentable while I was asleep, so why did I care what it looked like when I wasn’t in it? I was only going to get back in it and mess it up again. Does this make sense to you? When I got older, I started only using fitted sheets. Now my bed is always made.

I only learned about the concept of minimalism in home design a few years ago. But even before that, I would crazily tell people that I wanted everything in my home in one room and I would own no furniture. Why? Because it’s just not necessary to me. For four reasons.

  1. I’m an extreme introvert. (On a professionally administered personality test scale of 1{introversion} to 10{extroversion}, I scored a 1.2.) So I realized pretty early on that…I didn’t like the idea of entertaining company, so there was no reason for me to have couches in my living room. Or a dining room set. 
  2. Then there’s moving. Averaging out my age to how many times I’ve moved in my life, it’s every 3.5 years. Imagine moving everything you own every three years. I can tell you: it’s not fun. We don’t have professional movers – we move everything ourselves. Yeah. Furniture is a no. And each time I moved, I got rid of things because I was tired of taking it from one space to the next. The most recent time, I got rid of all of my furniture, except my daybed frame (which I got to save space because I don’t need anything larger than a twin bed). I bought a foldable computer desk and collapsible cubes to put my belongings in. 
  3. And of course, there’s cleaning. As a general rule for my life, I choose the path of least resistance. This includes cleaning. The less you own, the less there is to clean. And I’ve found that if you own a lot of clothing, you can do laundry less often! I don’t own as many clothes as I used to but I own enough to wash on a two week cycle, or sometimes a week and a half.
  4. Less clutter, and that means less stress. I’m sure you know what it’s like to aimlessly look for something because you have no idea where you put it. Well, that doesn’t happen too much when you don’t own anything to begin with. 

So what do you think? Is minimalism for you, even if only in certain applications? Link to article on minimalist bedroom.

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