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It is never all or nothing with minimalism for me

The main problem I find in reading, and re-reading arguments for and against minimalism is that they seem to all veer towards one extreme or another.

Like with spending and saving, it is never all or nothing for me.

It’s a balance between the two.

As a minimalist, I want ENOUGH stuff to make me happy and not make me feel deprived, but I also don’t need tons of things to make me happy.

That’s it.

My best example? Clothing. I am a clothing fiend.

Clothing for me is less just about function than it is for function, beauty, and general feel-good of wearing nice things that fit well, look good and are of high quality.

Take for instance coats.

I enjoy very much having different coats for different reasons:

  1. For when the weather dips below -10 C (14F), rains or is warmer
  2. For a different look (different length of coat, colour, styling)
  3. Just because it’s a classic piece

All in all, I have about 5 coats that cover the gamut:

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(Note: Coats #3 and #4 are the same coat, it just came with different cuffs and belts.)

Do I need all 5 coats? No. Two, perhaps three (one for rainy days) could do it, I’d wager.

But they make me happy and I see a value in them, which is why I own them.

I don’t need multiples of the same coat to be happier, but I do like having variety because I see a value in it.

In contrast, if we look at tank tops for instance, I have one in each neutral colour (grey, white, black) and that’s it.

Does having more than 3 tank tops make me happier? No.

Or how about shorts? I hate wearing shorts, and I own exactly 0 pairs of shorts.

Would buying a wardrobe of shorts make me happy? No.

It’s all in how you see  and treat your stuff, and if it is valuable to you or not.

Clothing and things in general that hang in your closet with the tags still on, unloved, unworn, gathering dust, or perhaps worn only once then tossed aside, has no value to you based on your actions of how you treat what you own.

So why keep the stuff you really don’t want because you don’t even use it?

Do you really need another item, another substitute, another duplicate?

That’s really all minimalism is about.

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I never saw pragmatic things like hydrogen peroxide, band-aids, books, Neosporin, gauze pads, & carbon monoxide detectors on their lists. To me it just seemed a way to make poverty trendy because they got laid off or fired in a harsh economy.

    Call me a mediumalist. I want the middle road where I don’t have too much because I don’t want to feel overwhelmed but I could never own just 100 things.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Ditto. Mediumalist. 🙂 I like it.

      Reply
  2. Lee

    I agree! A lot of the minimalist blogs I’ve come across boils down to a “numbers” game, on how many “things” they could live without. It’s so true that it should be about what you value and what you use, I couldn’t have said it better.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      What a silly way to live your life, instead of chasing stuff you chase numbers.

      Reply
  3. Tony @ Investing Track

    I agree with you. I don’t think minimalism means that you should live in a trailer on $30k a year. I want to make as much money as possible, but I don’t want to spend it on stuff that I’ll use once and never touch again.

    Reply
  4. Heather @ Simply Save

    My experience with minimalism and the places I’ve read about it…it’s been as you described. I think it’s about paring down your things to what TRULY makes you happy, and that’s basically what you described. For me it’s been a slow journey and evolution. I didn’t wake up one day and get rid of everything…I just started paying attention to what makes me happy and gets the most use.

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I just went through a thoughtful purge the other day and passed on a useful baby gift to someone else!!

      Reply

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