By Sherby Dellenia
Picture Credit: Daniel Mingook Kim
The word minimalism is often thrown around when talking about interior design or fashion and the word is often acquainted with ‘Scandinavian’. This is probably because the people of Scandinavia are popularly known to lead laid back and simplistic lives choosing to value peace of mind over materialism.Minimalism isn’t just an outward statement, it is a way of life and this is one of the things we could pick up from the Scandinavians.
When speaking of minimalism you’d probably be met with intense enthusiasm or disdain. The latter is probably because of the negative connotation minimalism holds to some. These people assume that being a minimalist comes with a strict set of rules and restraints, however this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure there might be some minimalists who choose to live in a secluded cabin away from any modern amenities, but this isn’t a requirement. Minimalism can be adapted to your lifestyle and may even improve it.
The first thing to consider is that minimalism is a way of life, or much rather a state of mind. It Is not just about getting rid of your material possession, but it Is about placing greater value on yourself over material things. Living a life in which you contemplate your wants and needs not only helps you declutter your home but your mind as well. Without incessantly gratifying all your wants, you get a chance to actually think about the necessity of your purchase. By doing so you also get to realign your focus to what’s really important ; you. Instead of worrying about paying off your purchases or displaying all your possessions, you are able to focus your time and energy in ways that benefit you.
As with minimalistic design, less is truly more. In this day and age, most of us tend to seek out items or daily necessities that are minimalistic in design prioritize uncompromised functionality with a sleek finish and aesthetic. Here are some minimalistic items that have received international recognition.
1. Jordan’s Two Tone Bristled Toothbrush by Andreas Engesvik
2. Braun Electric Shaver S60 by Dieter Rams
3. Muji’s Portable Hanger by Naoto Fukasawa
All in all, adapting a minimalistic approach to life would bring benefits and ultimately increase your quality of life. Much like any other habit, it would take some amounts of getting used to but it is important to note that there are no set rules and you determine what being minimalistic is to you.
Article by Sherby Dellenia of T3 Digital Agency, an avid writer who occasionally shares her pieces on politics, society and casual reviews through online portals. With a background in journalism and public relations, hereby greatly values communicating and sharing her views and opinion through the written word.