What can these times of quarantine teach us 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.
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. At work, meetings and conferences across the world have been cancelled. And it’s left us thinking: were they really that productive anyways?
Minimalism and quarantine
This pandemic has freed up hours we’d once spend stuck in traffic, attending meetings or running semi-important errands.
The 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 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 our days have more hours. We’re now wondering: are we making the most of them? Did we ever?
The bare necessities
Pre-corona, the rush of our daily routines left us little time to question if we’re living a meaningful life or going after our dreams.
But we now have time. The outside noise has quietened and we can now listen better to our inner selves.
Because minimalism isn’t always about getting rid of your possessions and re-doing your home in the Scandinavian style.