When I started thinking about getting back to basics, I had no intention of venturing into the home decor space. I figured I would just give you the 4-1-1 on how to build a classic minimalist wardrobe that is far from bland and keep it moving. The more I thought about my personal journey through the past few months, the more I realized that I have not only begun to dress more authentically, but my entire way of being has begun to shift. Part of shifting my being from more-is-more to less-is-more has to do with shifting where I live. So here we are.
The entire driving force behind the minimalist aesthetic and way of life is not to just live as simply as possible, but to realize that happiness does not come from having a bunch of crap that you don’t use sitting on your counter or in your closet. As Lao Tzu said, “Be content with what you have.” We have been conditioned to believe that we need stuff, cars, shoes, bags, expensive coffee tables, and the like, to impress other people, validate our existence and ultimately, be happy. You don’t. Trust me. Since I have been purging my wardrobe, my home, my social media accounts, my circles, and my habits, I have been so chill and at peace that I have to ask myself if this is all real. It is and it is really awesome.
So, how does being content with what you have translate into a zen home that doesn’t feel like you wandered onto the set of a post-apocalyptic, dystopian film based on a YA novel, set in the near future? Since I am currently sharing my living space with my brother, who does not share my same views on anything, I am still trying to figure that one out. I do have a Pinterest board loaded up with inspiration and ready to roll, but until he and I can agree on whose turn it is to take out the trash, we should probably leave decorating alone. That’s not to say I haven’t made my bedroom a safe-space filled with clean lines and inspiring art, I have, it’s just not as cool as anything I’ve pinned…yet.
Photo: French by Design
* As an aside, now that I look around my black and white bedroom with pictures propped on one wall and books stacked against the other, this is kind of what my life looks like so bravo me!