Please tell me I’m not the only one….
The only frugal person who really, really doesn’t get minimalism.
Or, I probably should say, I get it – but I don’t like it. I appreciate those who can pull off this lifestyle, but honestly, it’s not for me. I just couldn’t bear to spend the money required to achieve that certain aesthetic. You know the one!
I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m ANTI-minimalist since that would imply I take minimalism seriously as a lifestyle choice when it is just a preference.
After being frugal my entire life and a minimalist for a little more than one year of that time, I can safely say that you can’t really afford to be a minimalist if you’re truly frugal. And I’m truly frugal!
I wrote all about WHY in my guest piece on GoBankingRates >> I Gave Up On Minimalism Because I Couldn’t Afford It
Are you frugal? Are you a minimalist? I don’t think you can be both, so which one will you choose?
What I Actually Liked About Minimalism
Now that I’ve had time to think about this, I think what I liked about the movement is its focus on SIMPLICITY. I can get behind simplicity. I like being intentional with everything I do.
I did like that about the minimalist life. But the aesthetic that everyone associates with minimalism…that was so unrealistic and impractical! I’m not kidding when I say that I just saw a blog post that said one of the questions to ask yourself before making a purchase is “Does it match other things I own?”
What? That makes no sense. This rules out entire categories of important and practical items, like the hand-me-down dishware from your mom or the second-hand linens you found at a yard sale.
I couldn’t bring myself to buy certain things for the sake of “looking like a minimalist.”
What are your thoughts on this?
Related Reading on the Downsides of Minimalism
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I’m apparently not the only one who thinks there’s a fundamental problem with minimalism. Is it a fad? I’m not sure, but in the meantime, these articles are super interesting (and hilarious) reads!
- The Problem with Minimalism on the Art of Manliness – A thorough argument against the “get rid of all your stuff” lifestyle.
- Minimalism: An Ideology of Privilege on Medium – Do you need to be rich to be a minimalist? Possibly…if your minimalist story starts with “I stopped buying these things….”
- Why Minimalism Doesn’t Work for Families on Growing Spangs – Minimalism can be stressful & annoying if you’ve got to raise a family in addition to keeping stuff out of your house!
- Minimalism: Another Boring Product Wealthy People Can Buy on The Guardian – Is minimalism a privilege only wealthy people can afford?