Are you a minimalist or just tidy? Not exactly sure what it means to be a minimalist? I recently ran across this definition of a minimalist and I absolutely love it. Tidy, according to every online dictionary I’ve consulted, means to have things neat and in order. By this definition, I’m definitely a tidy person.
Since minimalism is a process, I can confidently say I’m definitely in the throws of this process. I have done quite a bit of reading online about minimalism and it’s a lifestyle that looks different to different people. I used to think being a minimalist meant you had to live in a tiny house or apartment, not buy anything, have bare walls and very minimal furniture and other worldly possessions. I am relieved to know that’s not the case unless you just want it to be. I think minimalism is having just enough to give you the freedom to do what you want to do in life. My minimalism might look like just a tidy little mess to some, but it may be very neat and orderly to others.
Being tidy is vital to my well-being. If that sounds ridiculous, it probably is, but I just function better overall if everything is clean and organized. Clutter makes me crazy and it can be physical clutter or just ideas and things cluttering my brain. I prefer order in all aspects of my life, but learning to go with the flow and realize that I can’t control everything is a continuous learning process for me.
Since the definitions of tidy and minimalist are so subjective, I do believe it’s possible to be one or the other or even both all at once. I don’t feel very minimalist at the moment, but it’s the direction I feel myself moving in.