There’s been lots of talk about this minimalism business lately. People are going nuts for this book and the word is popping up all over the place.
What is minimalism to you? Is it sparse decor? Pared-back personal style? Neutrals?
Initially, I thought of Scandinavian design — clean and clever. But minimalism is also an approach to life — that’s where it gets juicy — it looks different to each and every person.
I think it’s important to remember with ideas or “movements” like these, that there’s no hard and fast rule. It’s all about finding how it fits into your life without sacrificing your style. It’s a lot like learning to eat healthily or being kind to yourself — it’s got to feel genuine to you.
If that means throwing out almost everything and keeping only the basics, that’s cool. But it’s more about removing the unnecessary stuff – the kitchen appliances that go unused, the well-intentioned gift that just isn’t you, or that cheap dress you bought on sale and don’t actually like.
It’s about specifically choosing to surround yourself with what you need and love.
I found this less-is-more approach especially useful over the past few months, when Fabes and I packed our lives up for the second time in 4 years to move back to the US from Australia. Starting with my closet, I began integrating a little minimalism and planning capsule wardrobes for the transition times during the move.
A capsule wardrobe is a carefully chosen collection of clothes designated for a season. You pick a certain amount of items to wear throughout the 3 month period and only wear them.
I actually really liked this process and found it rewarding, helpful and fun (in the list-making, type-A kind of way). I love looking at an organized and uncluttered closet and I like the creativity that comes from choosing between 37-40 pieces of clothing. I got rid of a lot of things that I didn’t wear or like, but I also know that my dress collection is safely stored away if I want it.
My favorite minimalist blogs focus on style, food and mental health. I think clothes are one of the best places to start to get a clear handle on how it can translate to your life.
4 GREAT BLOGS FOR THE BEGINNER MINIMALIST:
Caroline has been the biggest influence on my capsule wardrobe inspiration. Her style is cool and relatable and she gives great tips and outfit inspiration along the way. She even made you a capsule wardrobe planner to get you started.
- The Minimalist Baker
Great recipes that are simple and often gluten-free and vegan. I was originally attracted to recipes like The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Rolls but stayed for Dana’s easy-to-follow recipes, beautiful photos, and the Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers.
- Into Mind
With extensive guides on finding your personal style and building a perfect wardrobe, Anuschka’s blog is great if you’re looking for more inspiration and guidance to help you hone in on your unique style. She also delves deeper into other topics, too — I loved her Your Year in Review questions. Fabes went through them on New Years Eve and loved it.
- Be More With Less
Covering a wider range of topics in relation to simplicity and minimalism, Courtney makes these ideas more tangible and easier to put into practice.
How do you feel about minimalism? Are you interested in this capsule wardrobe situation? I’d love to know!