Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The pack rat minimalist
Morning all, this weekend was harried. I worked all weekend and my children were in a constant state of chaos (not really, but they did seem to think they needed me constantly). This, friends, the chaos of my life is one reason the minimalist lifestyle appeals to me: the idea that simplicity leads to peace and serenity.
Brian asked what about minimalism doesn't work for me. The one idea I reject is the idea that the minimalist life requires a spartan living space and equally severe perspective: some narrow, strict adherence to having as little as possible. There are extremists and critics of all movements who exaggerate an idea. Me, I'm a big picture kinda gal. I'm the woman who lived the majority of her life in the middle of chaos and crisis so for me, I'm looking for the anchors, which comes back to my previous post. I want less stuff so I have less stuff to think about, less stuff to take care of, less stuff to worry about.
I'm a pack rat who loves poetry and books. Sorry hardcore minimalists, digitizing my collection isn't an option and poets have a small audience so I'll buy my books and keep them. My memory escapes me. Those mementos, gifts and paraphernalia are lifeposts for me, not clutter.