14 Reasons You May Want to Try Minimalism

14 Reasons You May Want to Try Minimalism

Sometimes minimalism can sound a little intense.

The white walls, the modern art, the stereotypes. . .

If you have ever been interested in minimalism, but have been intimidated by all of the reasons that you “couldn’t be a minimalist” then keep reading because this post is for you!

I’m going to show you how you can implement minimalism in the areas of your life that work for your family!

There are so many different ways that you can embrace minimalism in your life, and it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing type of thing. Just having minimalism in one or two areas of your life can help lower your stress and make your life easier.

As I go through the different types of minimalism, I’m going to tell you why you might find it helpful. I’m also going to tell you if it is one that I use in my house!

If you prefer to watch content instead instead of reading, here is the video that goes with the post:

Different Types of Minimalists

1) Ambience Minimalists

These minimalists stereotypically like the white walls, curated art, and keep very few possessions. This is what many people associate with minimalism.

These minimalists are really concerned with how their house feels and looks.

This type of minimalist is more concerned with having a minimalist look and feel to their house than they are with having any sort of personalized decor.

Now, I personally don’t relate to this type of minimalist because I love decorating my house with family pictures. And having a house that looks and feels like a minimalist house isn’t as important to me as having a customized space that I enjoy living in.

But just because I don’t personally relate to this one, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a great reason for you to explore minimalism. If you love clean lines and clean looking spaces, this may be a great reason for you to check out minimalism and see if it might fit with your lifestyle.

2) Cozy Minimalists

The cozy minimalist is much more concerned with having a space that is customized to them and feels cozy when they are in it.

Often when you think of the ambiance minimalist, it looks like a sterile environment. Often they don’t have as much furniture, or if they do, it’s very minimalist. Typically no throw pillows and things like that.

Whereas, the cozy minimalist will have more pillows, blankets, wall decor and things that just make the house feel homey.

You would enjoy this type of minimalism if you want your house to feel clean, but you also want it to be comfortable and feel like it’s customized to you and your lifestyle.

This is definitely a type of minimalism I subscribe to. I love having a home that is easy to clean, but also feels warm and inviting.

A lady reading a book with a cup of hot tea.

3) Extreme Minimalists

Now, this is the type of minimalism that you would have seen if you watched the documentary on Netflix called Minimalism. These people have very little furniture, they pack for months in a tiny little suitcase, and they just have a miniscule amount of possessions.

People who like this type of minimalism will often will count their possessions and know exactly how many things they have in their house at all times.

This is not a type of minimalism that I am drawn to. I like to have enough things in my house for it to be comfortable for me to live in.

However, some people find this type of minimalism freeing because they can easily pack and travel at a moment’s notice.

So if you just have too many things in your house and you’re ready to just get rid of everything, this type of minimalism may appeal to you.

4) Frugal Minimalists

Frugal minimalists are typically drawn to minimalism because minimalists tend to buy less things. And when you buy less things, you happen to have more money (funny how that works 😅).

This type of minimalism might be appealing to you if you are already a frugal person by nature. But it might also be something that could help you if you have a budgeting problem and you need to reign in your finances.

Being a frugal minimalist helps you to not spend extra money unless you actually need to.

This is one reason I was drawn to minimalism in the first place because I am a very frugal person and I don’t like spending money on things that I don’t need.

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5) Meal Planning Minimalists

Now often when people become meal planning minimalists, they create meal plans where they eat pretty much the same thing every single day. Or they may have a one-week or a two-week rotation of meals that they repeat over and over again.

Now, I do implement this type of minimalism in my house… but I put my own spin on it!

If you’ve read any of my meal planning posts, you know that I am a huge fan of having theme nights for every night of the week, and that simplifies my meal plan, without making things boring.

If you want to check out the Crazy Way I Meal Plan, you can read this post. Or if you want some help creating your own meal plan, check out Set It and Forget It Meal Planning.

But this is a great way to simplify your meal plan while still having variety!

6) Budgeting Minimalists

These types of minimalists are different than the frugal minimalists in that they try to actually minimise the overall budgeting process. This means that they will often have maybe one giant account that they pull everything out of, and they just have very broad categories within their budget.

Maybe at most they have four accounts that they work with, but it’s very simple, very streamlined. A lot of things will come out of the same chunk of money because they don’t want things to get too complicated with their finances.

Now I don’t personally subscribe to this type of minimalism. And I actually recommend that people have several accounts for their budget because that actually simplifies things in your mind. Check out this post here if you want to know which accounts I think everyone should have.

If you feel like you are going in way too many directions with your budget and you need to simplify it, this might be a type of minimalism that would work for you.

7) Stuff Minimalists

Just in case you’re wondering, yes, I am making some of these terms up as I go along 😅. But stuff minimalists are people who just don’t want to have so much stuff in their house.

They don’t really care if their home has the perfect minimalist ambience. They don’t necessarily care if they have a cozy minimalist house.

They just want to have less stuff in their life, and they want it NOT to look like Toys R Us threw up in their house.

So yes, this is a type of minimalism I definitely can relate to because I do not like having too much extra stuff laying around my house whether that stuff be toys, clothes, books, or anything else.

You may be interested in this type of minimalism if you feel like you just have so many things that you can’t keep your house clean.

I highly recommend stuff minimalism for anyone who has kids. I have found time and time again that my kids are happier, they share better, and their rooms stay cleaner more easily when we have less stuff.

I can always tell when it’s time to go through and start decluttering some things when they start fighting about toys.

And there’s kind of this reverse logic with it because you think when they have more, they should be happier. But it’s just not the case.

If you are interested in stuff minimalism, Check out this post on How to Start Decluttering When You are Overwhelmed by Clutter.

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8) Cleaning Minimalists

The next type of minimalist is a cleaning minimalist. Cleaning minimalists just like to clean their house as quickly and efficiently as possible.

And if you’ve been around my blog or my YouTube channel before, you know that I can absolutely relate to this type of minimalist!

I used to clean my house all day on one day of the week and expected it to stay clean all throughout the week. And it did not work. So instead, I created a very simple weekly cleaning routine where I do a small amount of cleaning every day of the week except for my rest day.

So if you are interested in this type of minimalism, you can check out my simple weekly cleaning routine and create your own.

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A clean, minimalist room

8) Low Waste Minimalists

Low waste minimalists embrace minimalism because they want to have a lower impact on the environment.

Now, this was not one of the original reasons that I came to minimalism. However, I would definitely say it is something I can relate to now!

Because I am a frugal minimalist, I started looking into buying things that were more reusable and figuring out which things I didn’t need to buy anymore. And it kind of led me down this low waste rabbit hole, which has been fun and eye opening!

And the further down the rabbit hole you go, the more willing you are to do some crazy things in the name of being low waste.

But if you care a lot about the environment or you just want to reduce your impact on the environment, this would be a great reason for you to explore minimalism.

9) Schedule Minimalists

Schedule minimalists want to have more white space on their calendars. They like to say no to a lot of things so that they can really enjoy the things that matter.

I definitely relate to this type of minimalism and I highly recommend it if you have children. Children can get very overwhelmed if they are constantly going and doing something (like so many of us are in western society).

If you schedule in time to be slow and schedule in simple days, children cope much better. And honestly, so do we, even if we don’t want to admit it!

So, if you are interested in this type of minimalism, check out my How to Set Up a Weekly Schedule so that you aren’t constantly going from one thing to the next.

10) Routine Minimalists

The next type of minimalists on my list are routine minimalists.

And these people really like to have a simple, predictable routine that will make their lives easier.

I can definitely relate to this type of minimalist as well because as you guys know, I love setting up easy routines that just make your life kind of run on Autopilot.

And if you guys are interested in setting up some routines that will help your home run itself, check out the YouTube series I did on How to Easily Manage Your Home, where I walk you through how to create every single routine that you need for your home to run smoothly.

A plant and cup on a coffee table.

11) Travel Minimalists

The next type of minimalists are travel minimalists.

This is a type of minimalism that I was interested in back when my husband and I were first married. We really slimmed down on just about everything else so that we could pay off our debt and travel before we had kids.

But this isn’t necessarily a huge driving reason for us now because we are on one income and we have kids, so we just don’t get to travel as much as we would like to.

But if you want to travel more, travel minimalism can definitely help you do this!

12) Quality Over Quantity Minimalists

Next are the quality over quantity minimalists.

These minimalists are very similar to the travel minimalists because they are able to get exactly what they want, when they want it, since they don’t have all the extra stuff and noise in their life.

For me this was not something that initially drew me to minimalism. I was very frugal and I liked buying clothes on the sale rack at Walmart because I figured “Why spend any more than that?”

But as I’ve gotten a little older, I have realized that certain things will last longer when you buy Quality over Quantity.

So this has been a mindset shift for me as I have continued to explore different aspects of minimalism. But it has definitely paid off to spend a little bit more on something that will last much longer than to buy something cheap over and over again.

So this type of minimalism might appeal to you if you are tired of buying cheap things and having them break all the time. You can invest a little bit more upfront and have things that last longer.

13) Off-The-Grid Minimalists

The next type of minimalist that I have on my list is the off-the-grid minimalists.

These people really like to be on their own.

They have so few needs and ones that they can take care of without needing anyone else to help them out.

Now, I just spent a week off-the-grid backpacking with my husband and several friends, and it was amazing. But I don’t know that I’d want to do that full time.

So I don’t really think that it’s for me, but I can definitely see the benefits of it if it appeals to you!

I mean, you’d spend a lot less money and you’d have a lot less waste if this was the type of minimalism that you embraced.

14) Practical Minimalists

The next type of minimalist is the practical or moderate minimalist.

These people love the benefits of minimalism, but they aren’t ever going to count their possessions or worry about how many things they have… as long as they have a manageable amount for them.

They also aren’t particularly worried about if they feel like they have a minimalist house or if their house is cozy.

They just take the aspects of minimalism that work for them. So this is definitely something I can relate to, although I do like to have a cozy atmosphere.

I think it is more important to be practical about how minimalist you are, than to just to be a minimalist for the sake of being a minimalist.

15) Rule-Breaking Minimalists

And the last type of minimalist that I have on my list is the rule breaking minimalist. There are a lot of unspoken rules out there about being a minimalist, but these types of minimalists just don’t care if they are breaking the rules or if they’re doing everything correctly.

But if you have seen my post on the 12 Minimalist Rules That I Break, you can probably guess that I can definitely relate to this type of minimalist.

Because, like I just mentioned above, I think it is more important to have a type of minimalism that works for you and works for your family than it is to just say, “I’m a minimalist and I follow all of these rules,” even if I don’t enjoy following them.

So that is it. That is all of the different types of minimalist that I could think of. Let me know in the comments below if you think I missed any, and I’d love to hear which types of minimalists you most relate to or which types you could definitely never see yourself becoming.

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12 Minimalist Rules That I Break | Making Minimalism Work for You

12 Minimalist Rules That I Break | Making Minimalism Work for You

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about Minimalism. And a lot of people won’t even try it out because they feel like they can’t follow all of the rules.

Now, I don’t think that anyone has actually ever written down a list of rules that people have to follow if they claim to be a Minimalist…

But there are a lot of common practices that have become somewhat synonymous with Minimalism. And because of this, people tend to think that every Minimalist out there follows these “rules.”

So in this post, I will be showing you which Minimalist Rules I Break, and explaining why I don’t think that there really are any hard and fast rules when it comes to Minimalism.

On the contrary, I think it is important that you customize anything that you do in your life to fit your needs and wants.

Now before we get into the rules that I personally break, I just want to encourage you that if you have ever considered trying out Minimalism before but felt like the list of rules was too daunting, I want you to think again.

Don’t let any of the “rules” that you think that you are supposed to follow keep you from trying.

In my life, I have found Minimalism makes things easy and simple, so I encourage you to give it a try if it is something you are interested in.

And if you want to see evidence of the rules that I break, be sure to check out the video!

12 Minimalist Rules That I Break

So without further ado, let’s get into the 12 Minimalist Rules that I Break:

1) Wall Decorations

To start off my list, the first rule that I break is that I have things on my walls.

And… I don’t just have things on my walls… I have family pictures on my walls. (Que gasps of horror from all the Minimalists in the world!)

Often people think of blank walls when they think of Minimalism. And they think that if Minimalists don’t have blank walls, they have carefully curated, pricy art displayed.

Well, I happen to love family pictures.

They make me happy when I see them, so I want them to be displayed in a place that I can see them all the time.

I do try to have them displayed in an appealing way, but I definitely have pictures of us and the prominent decoration in my house.

So yes, I know that family pictures aren’t the most Minimalist thing to have on your walls, but a big part of Minimalism is making space for the things that you love.

And since I am a Minimalist, I don’t have a lot of other things on my walls that will distract me from the things that I love the most.

2) Throw Pillows

Just about every blog post that I have seen on How to Declutter Your House and Top 50 Things to Declutter First says to get rid of your throw pillows.

And I just disagree with this rule. I happen to love throw pillows!

I think that throw pillows add a lot of texture and interest to your couch or chair.

And in addition to liking the way that they look, they also add comfort to our couches because our courches are old. Really old.

Ross and I have been together for 13 years and he got them as hand-me-downs even before we started dating. And since they make the couch a lot more comfortable, I wouldn’t want to take the pillows off of the couch just because it isn’t “Minimalist enough.”

To maintain a more minimalist look with the throw pillows, I did get them all the same color. But I got several different textures to make it more interesting to look at.

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3) A Television

Just like with the throw pillows, TV’s are on just about every list of things that you can throw away and you will never miss.

The reason that I have not decluttered my TV is that I like to workout at home. And it’s a lot easier to do a workout on a larger screen.

I also like to have a TV because sometimes we like to watch documentaries or sermons if we aren’t going to church, and it is easier for everyone to see what is going on when you have a larger screen.

Ironically, I don’t have any sort of TV services that I use though. We don’t have cable, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or anything like that… we just use the TV itself.

Now if I were just starting out and I didn’t have a TV, I probably wouldn’t purchase one.

But since I already have it and I use it on a regular basis, I’m not going to get rid of it just to make myself more of a Minimalist.

4) Furniture

Often Minimalists will try to have the least amount of furniture possible that serves the needs of their immediate family.

For us, this just wouldn’t be practical because we like to host friends and family, and we don’t only want to have enough seats for those of us who live here.

5) Board Games

If you saw my Decluttering My Closet video, you probably noticed that I have a lot of board games for someone who claims to be a Minimalist.

One of my friends was just recently giving me grief about how many games I have and telling me that I need to declutter some of them if I want to be a Minimalist!

But the truth is that we love playing board games. We play them very often (about once a week) and now that the kids are getting older, they are learning to love games too.

So like I’ve mentioned before, Minimalism isn’t about having to least amount of stuff possible, it is about making space in your life for the things that you truly love.

And since we are Minimalists in other areas, we have plenty of space for all of our games.

6) Jackets

Ok, it’s confession time.

I have a lot of jackets. A LOT.

You know it’s bad when Ross is telling ME to declutter things.

But, here’s the reason I don’t feel bad about having a lot of jackets: I am cold all. the. time. I wear a jacket in my house all year round, and I wear a jacket out of my house 9 months of the year.

So because of this, I do like to have a lot of different colors, weights, styles, and textures of jackets because I don’t want to have to wear the same jacket every single day.

(If you want to see all the jackets, check out the video!)

Plus, I kind of feel like it’s Ross’s fault that I have so many jackets because I don’t even like to shop! But he likes to take me with him when he goes to the Columbia Store… and every time he does that, I come home with a new jacket…

I don’t know how it happens.

The moral of the story is, yes, I have a jacket problem! But I am ok with it, even if it makes me less of a Minimalist.

7) Blankets

Not unlike the jacket problem, I also have a lot of blankets!

This is partly because I am cold all the time, and it is partly because Ross is NOT cold all the time.

So in order for us not to argue about the thermostat, I keep blankets stashed around the house so that I can cover up whenever I am cold.

8) Cups, Plates, Bowls, Mugs

I have more cups, plates, bowls, mugs, and silverware than I technically need to feed my family.

The reason for this is that we like to host and it is hard to feed extra people if you only have enough things for your family.

Yes, I know that I could get some paper plates for when people come over. But I do like to reduce my impact on the environment as much as possible so I prefer to just have extras for when people come around.

Along this same line, we have a lot more tea mugs than we need for our family of four. This is because we drink a lot of tea, I like the way that a lot of the mugs look in the cupboard, and many of them are from special people or places.

I do get rid of old mugs as we get rid of new ones, but for the most part, we will always have more than we “need.”

I also like to be able to offer people tea when they come over, and it’s hard to do that if I only have enough for our family.

And yes, I call them “tea mugs” because I’m not a big fan of coffee… so there’s that…

12 Minimalist Rules that I Break As a Minimalist, and Why you can break some too!

9) Baby Clothes

Since I’m not sure if I’m done having kids yet, I don’t want to have to rebuy anything if I decide to have more children.

I have heard Minimalist Influencers say that you should get rid of all the baby clothes if there are more than just a couple of years in between your kids because you can always go to a thrift shop and buy more for cheap.

Well, last time I checked, free is cheaper than cheap, so I will be holding on to mine until I am good and done!

In the meantime, we loan them out to friends to use with the understanding that they will give them back to us when they are finished with them.

10) Sports Equipment

We are a very active family that likes to do pretty much every outdoor activity that there is.

Because of this, we have a lot of gear.

And as long as we continue to use the gear, we won’t be getting rid of it to make ourselves more Minimalist.

11) Meal Planning

If you have seen the way that I plan out my entire year of meals in advance, you know that I do not plan in the typical Minimalist way.

Most minimalists will tell you to eat in the simplest way possible (even if that means feeding your family the same meals every week!) so that you can save time and energy in the kitchen.

But this just wouldn’t work for my family. We are all foodies and we love eating a wide variety of food. So we just wouldn’t enjoy it as much if we had to eat the same thing every single week.

12) Budgeting

A lot of Minimalists will say to have a very simple budget with very broad categories so that you aren’t over-analyzing or over-budgeting.

Well, we do just about the exact opposite of this! You can check out how we budget, here.

As I was creating my outline for this post, I asked myself, “Can I even call myself a Minimalist when I’m over here breaking all of these rules?”

But I think that I can because Minimalism is all about simplifying your stuff (not having extra clutter), simplifying your schedule (not doing extra things that are not that important to you), and simplifying your life (being able to take the time to do the little thing that you weren’t able to do before).

And I think as long as you are doing those three rules, it doesn’t matter how many rules you follow or you break!

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  • Completely Declutter Every Room of Your Home
  • Get Your Family on Board with Decluttering (and maybe even Excited about it!)
  • Set Boundaries so that you will NEVER have to Declutter Again
  • And Do It All In 8 Weeks or Less!

Cluttered to Calm walks you through my unique method for Decluttering Your Home once and for all!

Plus you will receive the Cluttered to Calm Decluttering Workbook and Spreadsheet and email support from me anytime you have questions.

I hope to see you inside the course!

(Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, you can check out my DIY Decluttering Resources!)

Want 7 Extra Hours Every Week? Grab the Streamline Your Home Quick-Start Guide!

Ready to Get 7 Extra Hours in Your Week?

Then check out Simply Streamlined!

In Simply Streamlined, you will learn how to 

  • Declutter Your Home
  • Put Effective Routines in Place
  • Create a Set-It-and-Forget-It Meal Plan
  • Get Your Finances Under Control

Simply Streamlined walks you through exactly how to Completely Streamline Your Home in just 15 Minutes a Day!

Plus you will receive

  • Cluttered to Calm Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Put Your Home on Autopilot Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Set-It-and-Forget-It Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Master Your Money Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • AND Weekly Live Coaching Calls!

I hope to see you inside the program!

(Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, you can check out my DIY Streamlining Resources!)

See you on the next one! Kassy