A friend, Mihai, introduced me to the concept of interior design minimalism back in high school (almost 5 years ago). He’d show me nice fancy living rooms from popular boards on Pinterest, rooms furnished briefly but with a high chromatic and good looking impact. Back then that was the only way I saw minimalism: a good looking, expensive, design based philosophy.
Too many clothes in the shelf
When I had to study for a semester in a foreign country, I had to choose what things to feed my airplane luggage with. In the case of clothes I chose what are the most useful ones: hoodies, t-shirts over shirts and over pajamas, etc.
Anyhow, the idea is that in my shelf back there I had far less clothes I used to have here, in Romania. And the fact the amount of clothes was small, implied the fact that I had lot of free space in my dresser. It also meant I had far less clothes to care about, so far less workload on washing and folding them and also I started to wear more often some I wouldn’t usually do.
My life felt so clean and so easy. I felt I was doing things right. I was treating all clothes as equal and I was caring about all of them. When you have fewer things in possession, you really start to appreciate each one more.
Few weeks after I came back in Romania I felt again the pain of having many clothes, and I just packed many of them out of my wardrobe. I had again the good feeling of space and I felt more powerful over managing my clothes. It was then when I became aware of how hard it is to maintain a household with lots of objects and I started a personal campaign of having fewer things under my control, having fewer things to care and worry about.
Conclusion. Being more generic, more abstract
I still have many threads to open, but I don’t want to bore you anymore, so I would keep it short and stop here for now. Although, I will come back with other posts about my idea of archiving objects and about choosing what to archive and what to keep close and use this philosophy not only for clothes, but for books in your shelf, for food in your fridge and even for events in your agenda.
See you next weeks.