Minimalism is the art of simplifying and this global lifestyle choice has gathered momentum locally over the past 12 months. Google Trends reveals that interest for the term “minimalism” is currently at its peak in Wales.
Most people initially believed that minimalism was just about de-cluttering or giving up material possessions, but locals who actively follow the concept believe it is a change of mindset based on the reasoning that there are better things in life than possessions.
Sally Hughes, a Penarth based consultant and creative practitioner explains the ideals further in her blog: “I have had enough of maximalism now. It’s time to do things differently, bring in the pursuit of clear surfaces. I have pared-down objects, donating them so someone else can enjoy them. I have beautifully arranged with intent and purpose those that remain.”
Sally says it has been hard to let go, but worth it because she now has space to breathe.
Expert American minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus effectively define minimalism as: “A tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favour of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.”Minimalist living from this decade should not be confused with minimal art forms which first emerged as a movement back in 1950.
Followers of minimalism take up this life altering science for personal reasons which impact them such as over-spending, rising debt and unemployment or even ethical purposes which include social mindfulness and concern for the environment.
Fiona Bowen, a member of the Cardiff Minimalist Organisation says that on a personal level, the process of her minimalist journey has made room at the forefront of her mind for more important things like her travelling ambitions.
Sounding carefree, she says, “I no longer have the distraction and weight of ‘things’ holding me back. That has been the most rewarding experience for me!”