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If minimalism would be an emoji, it would be the knife (sorry white square). Elimination, killing your darlings, knowing when to say no and slicing off unnecessary baggage from your life is a big part of being a minimalist, if you ask me.
Minimalism can be a lot of things to a lot of people, but to me it is about focus mostly. About being radical in making decisions. About designing your own life. About taking 100% creative authority over your everyday. About setting priorities. About saying yes or no and nothing in between. About the ongoing, ever changing quest to finding what makes you happy – and what doesn’t.
It is about trusting your vision and yourself. Putting all your focus on a handful of things that make you absolutely happy and eliminating everything that doesn’t. Cutting out everything that doesn’t 100% excite you (you know, the Mary Kondo filter: ‘does it spark joy?’). Only focusing on the good things and letting go of all the mediocre. About consciously considering every thing and every activity.
Making radical decisions will ultimately start to reflect aesthetically. (No need to paint everything white or stock up on black and white home accessories.) It will be a reflection of yourself and what you stand for. I think that minimalism will automatically lead to a very pure form of your own aesthetic – whatever that is.