Many people are afraid to be labeled as a minimalist. I’m not sure what the fear is, perhaps they fear being rejected or ridiculed by their consumer driven friends.
Style icon and lifestyle maven Carolyne Roehm was recently quoted in a Washington Post article saying, “I would love to have Ms. Kondo declutter the inside of my drawers, etc., but I definitely don’t want to live within a minimalist environment.”
I think that quote was taken a little out of context and the title of the article “Designer Carolyne Roehm appreciates decluttering but does not want to live as a minimalist” is a bit misleading. Living in a minimalist environment and being a minimalist can be completely different things. You could be a minimalist and live in a nicely decorated home. Conversely you could be quite cluttered and living in a sparsely decorated home.
Minimalism isn’t the absence of things. It’s the inclusion of the things that are most important to you, that bring you joy, or that are really necessary. From what I’ve seen of Roehm’s decorating style, it may not be minimalist but it isn’t necessarily cluttered either. In fact, I would estimate that most decorators don’t decorate to a point where the room is cluttered. That typically happens after the people living there take over and add all their tchotchkes, knick knacks, and random clutter.
What are your thoughts on decluttering and minimalism?