Things. The enemy of minimalism. Possessions which, we are told, hold us captive, keep us prisoner. The items which surround us in our home, even if we love them, we believe we should set ourselves free from them. Sometimes, looking … Continue reading THE ENEMY OF MINIMALISM?
The objects slowly creep in, interiors change and transform, mindsets change in fragments, trends die out. Once monochrome interiors become full of things, the cutlery drawer increases in mass, the wardrobe spills over. Minimalism may, for many, fall away in … Continue reading THE END OF MINIMALISM?
Swathes of tapestry fabric drapes the furniture; bustling patterns in complementary yet contrasting colours. A hoard of greenery, collections of plants scatter the surfaces, behind them a collection of paintings and photographs tacked to a wall. The shelves, too, are … Continue reading CLUTTERCORE VS MINIMALISM
The Royal Family: opulence, regality, tradition, land and wealth. The crown jewels, acres of land, breaking news stories. The whisper of scandal, the ink of gossip columns, official press response. The Royal Family are swathed in drama, to a greater … Continue reading THE ROYAL FAMILY: LESSONS IN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Minimal exteriors exude a sense of self-reliance. Great swathes of space, in simple and small settings; one set of cutlery, one rail for clothing, one simple existence. Dependence upon less, with no need for excess. The white and tan furnishings … Continue reading MINIMALISM & THE FEAR OF RELIANCE
Dollar signs, pound signs, postage costs, shining images of items which sit in virtual bidding wars. These online retail outlets, manned by thousands of sellers, may as well have seedy neon signs leading to basements. Always a scam close by, … Continue reading MINIMALISM: SELLING ALL YOUR THINGS?
A backpack, how do you fill it? It’s all you can take- so what do you choose? When it comes down to it, what’s important to you? What’s essential to you? The world is ending, what are you taking with … Continue reading MINIMALIST THOUGHT EXERCISES
Out of sight, out of mind. The space looks neat and clean, swathes of polished furnishings, simple and minimal designs. In the garage sit boxes- organised, we tell ourselves, exactly where they need to be. Each set of things compacted … Continue reading SECRET HOARDING
Thought is a uniquely human process. Our capacity for linear and lateral thinking process, logical movement between topics, and engagement with multiple thoughts at any one time, seems to separate us from other animals. We are capable of processing complex … Continue reading OVERTHINKING & MINIMAL THINKING
Boxes of books, their pages crumpled and yellowing. That old paperback smell, damp and dry, like sawdust. The roar of early minimalism encourages freedom from everything, so they get shipped out, via car or collection, taken away to be sold … Continue reading MINIMISING BOOKS