After being a minimalist for a few years you tend to forget what life was like before decluttering and downsizing. I have a hard time remembering how cluttered our house was. I have a hard time remembering what it was like to live in the competition mindset, keeping up with the Joneses, and desiring the newest and most expensive everything.
Every once in a while I get a reminder of what that was like. Sometimes it will be a post from someone on Facebook, where you can plainly see them caught up in the frenzy of consumerism. Other times, it’s talking to a friend that constantly tries to one up you in every conversation. And occasionally you read an article that reminds you of how you used to think.
Today I’m sharing an article like this to remind you have far you’ve come. Or, if you still have some of these thoughts creeping in, to remind yourself of the direction you are heading.
Joyous Clutter: The Anti-Marie Kondo Manifesto as featured on Vogue.
I get the feeling the author hasn’t read either of Marie Kondo’s books. Unfortunately that’s the way of the media these days, writing about things without really understanding them. If you read the comments, you’ll see that a couple people caught on that the author likely didn’t read the book, and offered their insight on the errors in the article.
Everybody else that commented shared the author’s sentiment of buying lots of stuff, and keeping it all, even if that means having a “bursting armoire.”
Consider this a reminder of the world you left (or are leaving) behind.