What can these times of quarantine teach you about minimalism? Here’s what I’ve learned about the bare necessities during the pandemic.
If this isn’t the perfect time to embrace minimalism, then I don’t know what is.
You’re home a lot now. And you’re confronted with piles of clutter and the realisation that the one place that’s supposed to provide sanctuary only offers overwhelm.
You’re not going out as often. At work, meetings and conferences across the world have been cancelled. And it’s left you thinking: were they really that productive anyways?
Minimalism and quarantine
This pandemic has freed up hours you’d once spend stuck in traffic, attending meetings or running semi-important errands.
The hours now stretch out before you and – judging from social media – many people don’t know what to do with them.
Unleashed from the chains of the school bell or the 9 to 5 time clock, instead of giddy freedom many people are finding only boredom.
Many others, however, are rediscovering some long-lost loves.
Old hobbies are emerging from dusty shoe boxes. Cakes are baked across Instagram Stories. Goodreads reading challenges are at last being met – even without the help of easy YA novels to boost the count.
These times of uncertainty have left many people re-evaluating what’s really important in their lives.
Much of the superfluous has fallen away and your days have more hours. You’re now wondering: are you making the most of them? Were you ever?
The bare necessities
Pre-corona, the rush of daily routines left you little time to question if you’re living a meaningful life or going after your dreams.
But you now have time. The outside noise has quietened and you can now listen better to your inner self.
Because minimalism isn’t always about getting rid of your possessions and re-doing your home in the Scandinavian style.