Minimalism and minimalist aesthetic is something only people with money can buy. I have come across blog posts which tell me I should have a capsule wardrobe owning 36 items of clothing. Rest, I should just get rid of. From my perspective, this sort of minimalism is only for the wealthy. I can’t afford to throw out or donate a perfectly good pair of jeans, because I have two more. Or I cannot have just one pair of trousers. What if a stitch comes off, I obviously need a spare.
This idea that any “decluttering” in my life is automatically a positive thing is simply an aesthetic choice being reframed as a moral one. Makeup, more-elaborate wardrobes, cozy home decor, art, supplies for hobbies, nice home goods — these are all things that I am supposed to declutter.
Minimalism says that I should not buy more cheap alternatives, but buy one sustainable item when required. Now, now, do you know how much sustainability costs? A lot!
I cannot afford sustainable or ethical. I am too broke! It’s bargain shopping or no shopping at all. There is no gray area here.
To a degree, I feel that minimalism is less about personal enlightenment and more about pretentious blog posts. The simplicity yet elegance of the minimalist lifestyle created by our bloggers, makes us want to live it, just like any other lifestyle trend we have fallen for in the past. So be conscious of what you are choosing to get rid of or take in!
I am not in denial of the good in minimalism. Thinking before I buy and be grateful for what I have, is something we all need! Creating more space after years of hoarding will be healthy for the mind. So I think I will try to embrace this trend, but I have to do it while being frugal.
So basically I will have to try living with less, rather than going all out and buying the essentials of minimalistic aesthetic!