There’s so much talk about minimalism these days. Everyone is purging and paring down to the bare essentials and it just seems like the right thing to do, doesn’t it? Not to me. I haven’t read anything by Marie Kondo (and while I’m sure she’s a nice person) I don’t plan on it. I am not a minimalist. Here’s why!
#1 I am sentimental
I love having things that tell stories – a plate I bought when we visited Old Town Alexandria, Virginia…a pair of earrings I bought when I was shopping with my sister after Christmas and especially a precious heirloom that belonged to one of my grandparents. I believe that one of the keys to having a cozy home is filling it with the things you love. Obviously my home is not cluttered or chaotic (organization is another key to a cozy home) but is full of things that are special.
#2 Not being a minimalist saves me money
When I begin to decorate for a particular holiday, I have plenty of decor options to choose from. This past Christmas I decorated with red and gold, but next Christmas I could do my whole house in silver and turquoise without having to spend a dime! When I want to change up the regular decor in a room, I can pull items from my collection of decorating essentials – what I call “shopping my house.”
While we’re talking about money, another reason I hang onto the things that I do is because I worked hard for those things! My husband and I work hard for what we have (he works a lot harder than I do) and I rarely ever impulse buy. I shop almost exclusively from the sale rack – and always pay cash for my purchases. I am so grateful for the grace of God that provides us with our stuff, and I plan to enjoy it!
#3 I am willing to make the effort to keep my home organized
There have been a few times in my life when I purged like a mad woman. I became overwhelmed with the amount of stuff that I had and eliminated loads of clothes, home decor, dishes and other items from my space. I have always regretted those large purging sessions! The first one was right after Paul moved his stuff in when we got married – the second was while my sister lived with us temporarily before she got married.
Both times I probably could have benefited from a bit of decluttering, but if I had taken the time and energy to set up good organizing systems, things would have been much more manageable. I have learned my lesson and have only done small purges (like this one) since then.
I’ve found that keeping my things tidy and put away really makes a difference in my home. I have a closet full of clothes, lots of shoes and a ton of jewelry. I enjoy them because they are well organized and easy to access.
If you’re struggling with the idea of minimalism and don’t want your home to be a cohesive white canvas, I love this post from my friend Rebekah that says, “I am more than white walls, and so are you!” The “does it give me joy?” question from the KonMari method leaves me scratching my head – I love this post from Emily on What the KonMari Method doesn’t tell you.
If you are a minimalist, that’s ok. I will still be your friend (and I’ll be glad to loan you whatever you need because chances are, I have it). 🙂
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