11 February 2012

Notes from a pack rat with minimalist desires: Learning what is necessary

When I first began reading and learning about minimalism, I realized that minimalism is subjective (more on this later, but it's a good start to present the story).  When I moved from the two bedroom apartment I shared with my brother into a small, one bedroom flat, I took every thing I owned singularly.  Perhaps to make up for the large amount of objects that would soon be deemed superfluous, when I divided the things we owned jointly, such as kitchenware, I took only one of each.  One fork, one spoon, one knife, one pan, one bowl, etc.  One was just enough; two seemed depressing; three or four seemed excessive.   

I have two close friends that I occasionally invite over for dinner.  After a couple occasional dinners, it became time to reevaluate the lack.  Tonight, I purchased additional forks (3), and a spoon and knife for myself.  Necessary became more, more became necessary.  Does this make me a bad minimalist?  I do not think so.  To me, minimalism is about learning what is necessary for my life, and allowing it to be guided by what is important, even if this means I have three forks in my cupboard instead of one.