Minimalism - is less more?
Minimalism is a movement that has received an increased media attention in recent years. There are documentaries, books and countless articles on how to declutters one's life from material things. Last week we posted a challenge on waste management in Australia, and the concept of minimalism is closely related to the topic of reducing waste. While the term minimalist is used in many ways, describing furniture styles and clothing, one of the core principles of minimalism is related to avoiding single-use items and instead focusing on the use of long-lasting materials with low environmental impact.
While the primary focus of minimalism has been on the methodological aspect on how to achieve minimalism and simplicity, there is a broader philosophical mindset behind the movement focused on principles such as “the less you own, the less that owns you”. Minimalism focuses on the reduction of things in one’s life, at a suitable pace, an exercise that over time aims to highlight what is important from a material and emotional perspective. Objects are the most commonly envisioned cutbacks, but the minimalist mindset also applies to every aspect of life, including emotional clutter. The reduction is based on priorities and the understanding of what matters the most. Further, the minimalist movement encourages the strengthening of community spirit where rather than buying new items, such as tools and appliances, we exchange with friends, family or neighbours.
In this somewhat philosophical challenge, we would like you to share your thoughts on if and how we can all learn to need and want less.
Can we all become minimalists or why shouldn’t we?
Challenge Opened: 01:15 AM, Tuesday 21 August 2018
Challenge Closes: 01:30 PM, Monday 27 August 2018
Time to go: Closed