Minimalism is the expression of simple geometric forms, limited palettes and precise transitions of colour. This post World War Two artistic movement has now morphed into more of a lifestyle trend.

By Raman Sadhu

The term ‘minimalism’ conveys precisely what it is, living with less. This includes less unnecessary expenses, objects, possessions, debt and simply ‘stuff’. The recent documentaries that have aired on a popular streaming service shows how this movement is helping people lead more meaningful lives with less. A focus on conscious decisions, deliberate purchases and a pursuit of purpose-driven lives is reflected by well-known brands such as Ikea, Apple and the Kon-Mari method. These brands believe items should ‘spark joy’. Reinventing traditional organising, The Home Edit labels decluttering as paramount in leading a more content existence.

Consumerism is a well-known vice of our modern society. Advertisements, shopping channels, Instagram…wherever we turn we are exposed to ideals and as a result want more and more, to be like someone else or to have something that we desire. At the same time, we are also being told to buy more consciously, be kinder to the environment and not leave a huge carbon footprint.

Across the developed world, most of us do not require as much as we possess. If you think about how many toys your children have but don’t actually play with, how many pairs of shoes you own but that you’ve only really worn once or twice. Most spaces are cluttered with items we simply do not need.

Minimalism can be interpreted in a plethora of ways – from the practical element of decluttering, to a social form of culling people we no longer want to liaise with. It can even stretch to an economical cleanse of living safely and within our means. Whichever way it is adopted, there seems to be a societal and cultural adoption of this idea. Heightened further by the uncertainty of employment and worry for family and friends during Covid-19.

Longing for less isn’t a new idea, and there is a mountain of content to read and watch should you wish to explore this idea further. Minimalism itself has now become a brand and you can buy magazines, books and even furniture to help you live a more ‘basic’ lifestyle. Although this seems to miss the point entirely, the concept in itself is something worth exploring. For now, I’m just going to start with clearing out the playroom…

minimalism in the office space