Benefits of Minimalism

There is no one individual who can pride himself or herself of having invented minimalism. In fact, given the history of human beings, minimalism appears throughout history. Take the cave men, for example. They only hunted and gathered what they needed for the present time, and went for some more only after their previous stock was depleted.  Even religious settings have minimalism mentioned in their literature. In Christianity, Jesus tells his disciples to take only the clothes on their body when they went to evangelize. The Buddhist monks do not believe in having material wealth such as cars, houses or bank accounts full of money. Minimalism has overtime transformed into many different things other than lifestyle. There is minimalist art, music and even fashion. However, the common aspect of all sorts of minimalism is the mantra that ‘more is less.’ Minimalism has several benefits to anyone that incorporates it into their life. Some of these benefits include the following:  1. Cleanliness and Order  The first rule of minimalism is to have as little as possible. Quality always triumphs over quantity. Therefore, clutter has to be non-existent in a minimalist’s life. Lack of clutter in turn results in cleanliness and order in one’s life. Take for example the kitchen. Minimalism suggests that you only need one cup, spoon and plate for each person. If you live alone, you will only have three piece of cutlery and there is no way to have a messy kitchen with only three…

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The Beginnings of Minimalism

The art and design movement known as minimalism began in New York after World War II. At this time, many artists began to turn away from modern work that they considered overly academic, and therefor stale. Minimalism began as a way for younger artists to create pieces that were “cool” rather than intense or dramatic. These new artists began using industrial materials rather than traditional artistic media.  This movement began the triumphant and most ubiquitous movement present by the 1970s, in both the United States and Europe. This triumph was thanks, in part, to curators, publications, and dealers who nearly immediately fell in love with the movement. Minimalism is now more than just an art movement. For many, it is a way of life. Before this could happen, however, many artists had to lay the stepping stones. Pre-Minimalism Inspiration Minimalism has deep roots in early Modernist techniques. New York City artists of the mid 1950s, including Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Robert Morris, were painting much like other artists of the time, in the Abstract Expressionist style, but all began to fade away from it in favor of a direction inspired by recent European art. Art from the Dutch De Stijl movement, the Russian Constructivist movement, and the German Bauhaus movement were beginning to show up in New York City museums. All of these movements provided an inspiration for those beginning to fade away from Abstract Expressionism. Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi was an early adopter of Minimalist…

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No Frills, No Problem: Dressing Like a Minimalist

Minimalist fashion represents different things to different people, but in general it can be described as simple and easy, nearly effortless. For many people, a minimalist wardrobe means a few staple pieces that can be mixed and matched with ease. A minimalist wardrobe can also be filled with a great many number of pieces that have a minimalist aesthetic. Here are a few tips to help you dress with the easy style of the minimalist movement. Understanding the Approach The approach to minimal fashion is less about aesthetic and more about attitude. You should create your wardrobe intentionally. It is not necessary to completely reduce the number of items you have. Instead, you should be aiming to work your wardrobe around your lifestyle. On average, a person only wears about 20 percent of their entire wardrobe. The minimalist approach attempts to change this, aiming to fill your wardrobe with only things that you will wear.  The Paradox of Choice Many people look into their wardrobe and exclaim “I have nothing to wear!” This is not the case, typically. Usually this despair is caused by a phenomenon known as the paradox of choice. When you have far too many things to choose from, your brain shuts down and has a hard time making a decision. What’s worse is that, the more you have to choose from, the less satisfied you will be with your eventual choice. When you fill your closet with only those items that you absolutely…

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