I was featured as a “Real Life Minimalist” on Francine’s blog, Miss Minimalist.
The post got me thinking – what defines a minimalist? When I looked on Webster’s Dictionary, here’s what it said about “minimalist”
a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity
According to that definition, I certainly would not qualify as a minimalist. I own much more than 100 items, I have a permanent residence, I enjoy my creature comforts. I am not sure if I am a minimalist, but I am not pursuing the minimalism lifestyle with the zeal and enthusiasm with some other bloggers. Likewise, as a personal finance blogger, I am not pursuing frugality just for frugality’s sake.
Instead, what I am after is a healthy relationship with stuff. In my Real Life Minimalist story, this is what I said:
I realized that what I want isn’t an arbitrarily small number of belongings. Instead, I want each and every piece of my possessions to be useful and appreciated. I don’t want the mindless accumulation of stuff just for stuff’s sake.