The Minimalist Thing is Invaluable, Irksome

A version of this post, The Minimalist Thing is Invaluable, Irksome, was previously published here on 8 January 2017. 

Minimalism is nothing more than getting rid of what you don’t need, in order to make more space for the things that you truly need and want. Period. You can spend a lot of time trying to define “need” and “want” and how blurry the line between them might be. There are conversations that could be had as to the means of getting rid of excess things. We could go over every possible type of resource to be saved from our tendencies to squander — money, time, food, energy, even affections and emotions. It all comes back to the same core statement: Minimalism is nothing more than getting rid of what you don’t need, in order to make more space for the things that you truly need and want.

It’s not a lifestyle. Minimalism is a tool. It’s an effective set of filters that help you to sort don’t-need from need/want. What it’s mean to do is help you focus, so that you’re not wasteful with your finite resources. It can make you more productive, help you to cultivate gratitude, and even lead you toward happiness by bringing you closer to your goals. It’s certainly not a contest, to see who can survive with the least amount of stuff or accomplish the most tasks in the briefest interval of time. That’s missing the point. But you know what they say, when you’ve converted to the cult of being a hammer, your newfound zealotry makes everything look like a nail.

Creating Word Clutter

I used to write a lot about minimalism. It quickly became repetitive. There’s only so much to say. At a certain point, you begin to break the basic tenets. You’re adding things you don’t need, creating unnecessary clutter. Excess verbiage detracts from getting what you need, and what you want. The fact that a lot of self-styled minimalists began to rub me the wrong way, because they’re incredibly pretentious, made me not want to be in that company. Their philosophical ramblings and holier-than-thou attitudes were taking up space I needed for more important things.

I don’t like clutter. It’s visual noise, and I have an anxiety disorder. Clutter is a distraction. It also takes time to dust it, to move it to dust underneath it, to move in order to get to the things I need, you know the drill. I learned a long time ago that quality is better than quantity. A few good things that I use often, that are pleasing to the eye and built to last, are much more satisfying to possess than a bunch of things I might need someday and have on hand just in case.

It feels good to use finite resources effectively, no matter what those resources are. There’s satisfaction in making things last longer. In getting more out of them. In knowing that the value comes not from the thing but in how you’ve learned to utilize it more effectively. By being targeted and selective, you can get what really matters to you.

Simple Living is the Key

This is one of the reasons that I’m focusing more on simple living minimalism. There’s a lot of ground to cover with simple living. It’s why I’m folding in the context of being a self-employed creative, and a spoonie. I think that this niche I’m in is a lot broader and deeper than the plain vanilla minimalism. So many other blogs already have covered.

The Minimalist Thing is Invaluable, Irksome

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About Berin Kinsman

Berin Kinsman is a writer, game designer, and owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.

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