On the Smugness of Minimalists

I’m in a slightly ranty mood, so take from this post what you will!

I have stuff. And I like all of it. I’m not a hoarder in the sense that I keep absolute rubbish, but I do get sentimental about things. I come from a family of hoarders, so in my defence, I never had a chance.

I get that energetically, it’s better to have less ‘stuff’. To have a clear space is to have a clear mind, and I have to say, every time I watch a decluttering program (I do love Marie Kondo!) I have the urge to clean, tidy and purge my stuff. And some things have improved – my drawers contain all Konmari style folded clothes now, and have done for months. But some things don’t change.

And one of those things is, I like my stuff.

I’m not just a writer. Or even just a reader. I have a LOT of interests and hobbies. I knit, crochet, scrapbook, sew and create all sorts of crafty things. I love stationery (washitape is my current addiction) so I have a lot of papers, pens, stickers, notebooks etc. I run my own business, so I have stock, packaging, and equipment like lighting etc for filming videos.

And you might be reading this, thinking – so what? Why is this an issue? Well, the issue is, I don’t own my own home, and in the last 12 years, the longest I have stayed anywhere is my current home for the last 13 months. So I have moved, a LOT, and every time, I get so many comments from people on just how much stuff I have. Yet I bet any of them would struggle to move their belongings every few months!

I honestly do wish I could be minimalist, and believe me, I have done energetic work on having too much stuff. But the things is, I love the things I own. In the words of Marie Kondo – they bring me joy.

What doesn’t bring me joy is having to pack them up and move them all the time! So of course, the easy solution is to have a permanent home. But unless a magical unicorn that poops gold bars drops out of the sky right now, that’s not really an option.

There’s not really a point to this post, I was just feeling ranty because many minimalist people seem so smug about not having so much stuff, and to be honest – if I were minimalist, I’d probably be smug too. It does seem like an easier way of life!

But until I find the magical minimalist pill, or a gold bar pooping unicorn, I guess I better just get used to packing a lot of boxes…

(This image may seem completely random, but it shows one of the many craft projects I have done in my life and had a fun quote on it!)

3 comments on “On the Smugness of Minimalists

  1. Dear Michelle .

    Thankyou for all your posts ,love reading them .
    Keeping stuff that brings joy is the key here ,it’s hard believe me .
    I have tons of books cause I’m an avid reader and I find it hard to part with my books and yes it’s a mess clutter at times.
    I’m trying hard to be more organized and keep it simple and keep my mind clear and focused ..
    I guess one must keep trying all the time .
    I try to be cognizant of the fact that at all around is energy so I’m now trying hard to slowly release the need to hold on to books or whatever holds my fancy .
    Thanks for sharing and my very best best wishes for everything you wanna accomplish .
    God bless you .

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    • Thank you for your comment! I’m glad you enjoy reading my posts, and that they might be useful 🙂 I had a LOT of books, until I went to the States for a year and before I left I got rid of almost all of them. If I hadn’t done that, I would no doubt still have four bookcases of books! I now tend to get more Kindle books, because moving around a lot means it’s a lot easier to have them in digital form, but I still love a physical copy!
      Keeping what brings you joy is definitely the way forward.x

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