Is minimalism gone as a trend??

There are quite a few Youtubers doing vlogs about this right now. Has the trend of minimalism died down or is it over? Most agree that it’s not but with a few caveats. During the pandemic with lots of people working from home the decluttering bug really hit many people. Everyone was trying to make their homes more comfortable and enjoyable. Just look at what happened to Ikea’s stock. There are items that I’ve been trying to get for almost 2 years. ( the shoe cabinet).

Trends do come and go and minimalism has definitely been over done by youtubers and bloggers. Yet, having been on this journey almost 10 years now, I think it is an evolving concept. Certainly, I started out needing to create space in my very small house. I shudder to think about the stuff I had jammed into an under 900 sq ft house. Actually our official house square footage with the county is under 700 sq feet. But since we’ve closed in two porches we have added space. Both had concrete patios so we built on that. Still it’s a small house and it was packed. When I started Flylady in 2012 (approx), it was to get a schedule down with homemaking and declutter. But what has emerged is a deeper understanding of what works for me and what I need around me.

Some of this was triggered by relapsing in 2010, 4 years after my transplant. I think I felt out of control and needed to control something so I started with the Flylady zones. Honestly, it was a life saver for me. There’s quite a bit with FL I don’t use or particularly like but the zone cleaning has been a lifesaver and to this day I still do it weekly. Especially, at first, the 15 minute timed sessions. I did this with all the zones until I had cleared out most things.

As all the bloggers and youtubers agreed that minimalism is not just a one way thing. There’s no ‘right ‘way to be a minimalist. My house does not look empty of things but I have only what I use, love or need. And that is always changing. I know there’s more to release, because it is no longer needed/wanted, but, it’s not huge amounts. For instance, I found in the bin under the bed the Beatrix Potter dishes that were both my daughters and sons. They don’t want them( I asked) so off to Cancer Thrift they will go. I checked Ebay and they sell for maybe $20 so not worth selling and when someone finds them in the Cancer Thrift, be excited.

6 thoughts on “Is minimalism gone as a trend??

  1. We live small also. No problem w/it! Neither of our kids really want much of our “good “ dishes, so will probably bring them to an antique shop. I hate to do that., but eventually it’s going to have to happen.
    It does feel good to clean out !!

  2. I’m not minimalist although I have downsized. I think the need for people to stay in their homes as a family and wokr and study and not kill each other has make folks less minimal as they add more comfort items and divide the house into zones so people are separated. As for the getting rid of stuff, I gave my kids stuff both when I moved to Colorado and back to Texas. There are things they won’t want and I will give those up on my buy nothing page to start.

  3. I do all my purging around holidays as part of my spiritual giving. I am amazed at how much I have to purge every time I clean and organize. I think purging is a two-fold gratitude thing. On one hand, someone is going to enjoy and use the things that I no longer need and I am living among the things that mean the most to me.

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