Minimalist is a word used frequently in the Tiny and Small House Movement. We take it to mean someone who doesn’t have more possessions than they absolutely need. Some go as far as defining it by saying you can have no more than 100 possessions.
This past weekend, I saw a link to a blog post in my Facebook feed entitled, The Problem with Minimalism.
The writer defines the problems as:
- Minimalism is for the rich who can simply use smaller (high priced) digital gadgets in favor of a backpack full of items (such as an iPad that can do the work of a notebook, address book, cheaper/older laptop, etc.)
- Minimalism still makes stuff the focus of your life.
I’m not sure I totally agree with his first point, but can see his argument.
On his second point, I do believe that trying to cut your life down to fewer than 100 items or whatever your definition of minimalism is, does still make stuff the focus of your life.
I see it in the same vein as someone who tries to define the Tiny/Small House Movement in square footage.