Minimalism? Yes, please! | Cincinnati Photographer

I have a secret. There is just something I love about a space that is clean and super simple! Minimalism is my thing. This is not something that everyone knows about me. I definitely don’t consider myself an extreme minimalist, just someone who appreciates the beauty of simplicity.

There will be those who argue that minimalism is boring, empty, and lacks that warm and inviting feel. But to me, simple streamline designs, neutral wall colors, and minimal decor, has always caught my eye.

Every day we are tempted to clutter our lives with so many unnecessary things. We are bombarded with constant noise from social media and commercials persuading us to keep up with the newest trends, and telling us how we should think and look.

As a young child, clutter would (and still does) make me cringe. I have always preferred to be tidy and organized, but over the past few years I have really tried to completely de-clutter most of my life. From the items I own, down to my entire thought process. I wanted to build my life around quality, not quantity.

Why? I liked how the simple things made me feel, like it cleansed my mind, body and soul. It's not about getting rid of everything you own. It's about taking away the unnecessary overkill in your life, to leave you with your real self, honest and simple. There is something uniquely refreshing about embracing this way of life.

Minimalism is process, and it does not happen overnight. It is also an every day choice, with the biggest question being; “Does this item bring value into my life?” If it doesn't, get rid of it.

By doing this, I have transformed my physical world in to a much simpler place and my thought process followed suit. I choose to not dwell or entertain negativity in my life, or in life in general. To me negativity doesn't provide any value, so why be involved with it? Just like that, life is lighter-- literally.

You like Minimalism, but are not sure where to start.

Ok, let me tell you another little secret. There is no right or wrong way to be a Minimalist. You will come across thousands of articles out there saying there is only one way.There just isn't! Of course there are extreme Minimalists out there, but there are also those like myself who just appreciate the clean simple surroundings.

Yes, it totally involves getting rid of things, but YOU are the one who decides what brings value to you and what doesn’t. YOU are the one who gets to choose how simple you would like to live.

So, that amazing shoe collection you have? If you feel that it brings value to your life-- then by all means, keep them! But that leather jacket from 1994 that you will never wear again, toss it. That chair in your basement that the dog chewed up 5 years ago that you should've thrown out, yep toss it. And the 10 different boxes of Legos shoved under your kidddo's bed 3 Birthdays ago....TOSS IT. Throw it out, get rid of it, donate it...whatever. If it's not something that brings value to your life, or something that you have 500 of, then it has to go!

It all comes down to this. Minimalism isn't about being frugal or limiting the things we love. Instead, it's about building a life around quality, not quantity. Give it a try, you may really enjoy it!

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