What can this quarantine time teach us about minimalism? Here’s what I’ve learned about the bare necessities of life during the pandemic.
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If this isn’t the perfect time to embrace minimalism, then I don’t know when is.
We’re home a lot now. And we’re confronted with piles of clutter and the realisation that the one place that’s supposed to provide sanctuary only offers overwhelm and a long to-do list.
We’re not going out as often. Events, get-togethers and conferences across the world have been cancelled. And it’s left us thinking: did we really want to go anyways?
Minimalism and Quarantine
This pandemic has freed up hours of time we’d once spend stuck in traffic, attending meetings or running semi-important errands.
These hours now stretch out before us 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, 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 book 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 hours have been added into our days. We’re now wondering: are we making the most of them? Did we ever?
The bare necessities of life
Pre-corona, the rush of our daily routines left us little time to think if we’re living a meaningful life.
But we now have time.. It’s quieter outside and we can better listen inside as our hearts tell us what they really need.
Because minimalism isn’t about getting rid of your possessions and re-doing your home in the Scandi chic style.