Being Minimalist When You Like Stuff
There is such an aesthetic draw of the dwelling that is so inherently beautiful or is so conscientiously thought out that it can stand alone. Like the Frenchwoman at the market, unadorned, no make up, shopping basket on the crook of her arm, who seems to say I need nothing else to be beautiful. Whether it be a 200-square-foot cottage that my uncle lives in, a centuries-old apartment in Prague, or a mod in a high rise, minimalism can work for us all, even those who love to accumulate.
It comes down to four simple principles:
a. organize yourself
b. store where the everyday eye can't see
c. think continuity through color
d. consider what and how you accumulate
The entire point might be: minimalism doesn't mean getting rid of everything or diminishing your dwelling's personality--it means getting back to simple pleasures, going for quality, and living conscientiously.
And, yes, you can claim minimalism even with children. Parenthood just may be the most difficult situation in which to remain pared down and organized. I think it comes down to two main principles: a) be thoughtful about what you accumulate (which teaches a good lesson anyway), and b) organize montessori-like each category of toy in individual open bins where children can get in and put back on their own. (This has been a professional specialty--email me at txranchgirl@gmail for more details.)