Minimalism is one of the most popular movements of twenty first century. It's a new Philosophy which is urging people to live with less and obtain a freedom. However, in despite of continuing growth of minimalists, there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions about minimalism itself.
Today My Italian Living will dispel the most common misconceptions about Minimalism. How to create minimalist interior design, press here.
#1. First misconception - No décor in minimalist interior
One of the first steps of newbie minimalist is to remove unnecessary parts of décor and accessories. But still leaving the most relevant items or those which have a meaning to us. So yes, minimalists use objects of décor too.
#2. Minimalism is dull
Minimalist life is not devoid of adventure and entertainment. The truth is minimalism removes many routine, daily, boring tasks as tiding up, shopping, spending hours on wiping dust, etc, which usually take time and deprive us of quality relaxation time. And when unnecessary duties are removed, minimalists are free to choose with what to fill their life, some of them prefer to travel, spend more time with family, sport, hobby, reading books and so on.
#3. Minimalist don't have beautiful things
Actually, one of the biggest and most unexpected benefits of minimalism is to buy items of higher quality. For some reason many people do not connect the possession of fewer things and possession of the best things. Better quality then quantity, remember? But the truth is that it's directly connected to each other. When we decide to buy less, in our life opens possibility of owning the best.
#4. Minimalists are lethargic
Immediately I recognise that some people use minimalism as an excuse to live a selfish and lazy life. But we can't generalize, can we? Because the philosophy of minimalism is much deeper than that, and as any other philosophies, it has fake followers.
#5. Minimalists are staunch defenders of nature
It's true that Minimalism is good for environment simply because minimalists consume less (fewer resources) and produce less waste. So everyone wins, probably apart from global corporations which responsible for global consumption, which leads to environmental pollution. But reality is, not everyone who becomes minimalist, making out of environmental reasons. They just love the lifestyle of minimalism, as if you live in uncluttered home, you live with uncluttered mind.
#6. All minimalists eat plants and no meat allowed
Another misconception that all minimalists are vegetarians. Minimalism might influence a menu of minimalist - smaller portion, probably less spices, but not the personal taste preferences.
#7. Minimalists are stingy
Some people claim that minimalists are stingy, especially to their children. Children are the biggest consumers of toys industry, as they are lead by thousands of media campaigns and they didn't learn yet how to filter information. But some toys (not many) play significant role in development of young person. But it doesn't mean that you need to buy toys from every corner shop, if you child cries for it.
Some of us limit the amount of buying toys for their kids, simply because we don't believe that it will be useful for kid or its imagination. You don't need to be minimalist to do that.
#8. Minimalists are not fun
Again, minimalists come from planet earth, so as the fun factor is a part of personality, which is determined in young age, then minimalists could be entertaining or not, it's just depend on individuals.
#9. Minimalists are lonely
It's true that it's harder to live by minimalist lifestyle if you have a family. Toys, dishes, school lunch boxes, books, etc are all over the place when you have kids, but it doesn't mean that you can't lead a minimalist lifestyle, you just need to have lesser things so you have nothing to mess with. Jokes apart, minimalists are not lonely, in fact, a lot of minimalists have families and kids, who support their values.