6 Types of Minimalism: Which One Are You?

Minimalism at its core signifies simplicity + a lifestyle centered on less. In a world where we’re constantly motivated by deadlines, the who’s//what’s, ++ the THINGS that we have, wouldn’t it be nice to have some space away from all that? Minimalism is exactly that metaphysical space we can create for ourselves to *breathe.* Adopting minimalism into your lifestyle in some capacity can help declutter our physical space as well as our mental space.

There are six different types of minimalists, all adhering to their own values, to create the kind of minimal space needed for a specific ideal lifestyle. If you’re interested in diving into the realm of minimalism, check these out to see which one you most connect with. Knowing which type you are might help you better focus on your intentions + help get to decluttering your life —

AESTHETIC MINIMALISTS
This type of minimalism might be what first pops in your head — the super modern, chic, ++  colorless studio apartment with bare countertops, white walls, and maybe a single piece of abstract art or tapestry. This isn’t necessarily about owning less, but having less on display + in sight. This type of minimalism allows for a clean // fresh living space, where your mind isn’t always cluttered or distracted by what’s going on around the room. It’s crisp, simple, and refreshing, a perfect environment to keep a person clear-minded and focused. If this is something you’re looking for, check out Pinterest for lots of ideas on how to rearrange your living space to suit an aesthetic minimalist lifestyle.

ESSENTIAL MINIMALISTS
This type of minimalism is all about *essentialism* — deciphering what you want versus what you really need. The most frequent question you would ask yourself is: How much can you really live without? This breaks down to clothing, belongings, supplies, everything, bringing things back to the ultimate basics. By the end you’ll probably only own just enough things to get you through about two weeks. By following this type of minimalism, your belongings will be more worthwhile, with an emphasis on quality over quantity.

EXPERIENTIAL MINIMALISTS
Also considered *backpack* minimalists, these types live a life that allows them the ability to fit their entire life into a bag + be ready for any adventure that awaits. This type of minimalism revolves around the ideal that the pursuit of experiences is far more important than the pursuit of things. They own very little things purely as an outcome of their chosen lifestyle.

SUSTAINABLE MINIMALISTS
The environment is the number one focus in this type of minimalism, so they could be called the *eco* minimalists as well. Green living + zero-waste are key: reduce, reuse, recycle. These minimalists find any possible way they can to reduce their carbon footprint on the planet. They might own more [tools, land, clothes], if it means they want for less, honing in on reducing their dependance on + consumption of the environment. DIY projects are a favorite for this minimalist, ++ living off the land or being a very eco-friendly city resident is the probable lifestyle.

THRIFTY MINIMALISTS
Spending less is the main goal of this minimalism. Minimalist habits are adopted in this lifestyle due to a certain financial mindset. This could look like only buying clothes from thrift stores, tending to a personal, self-sufficient garden, refinishing furniture, living in a tiny apartment, or at least bunked up with several roommates to save on rent, riding a bike rather than owning a car, ++ hanging onto things in case it might be needed in the future.

MINDFUL MINIMALISTS
This type of minimalism is focused on purpose + intention. A mindful minimalist finds spiritual enlightenment from stripping away all the extra, unnecessary things in life. This lifestyle is adopted purely in the mission of finding inner peace, or at least a more peaceful state of mind. Letting go of old possessions translates to letting go of guilt, stress or any other negative feelings to which our belongings can sometimes become associated. The goal is to only have things [furniture, clothes, + other belongings] that bring pure joy to your life. This makes way for a surgence of fresh energy when each of your belongings has a purpose.

After reading through these different types of minimalism, maybe you’ve discovered something in your life that you wish to declutter. Minimalism is always an ongoing process as you’re constantly re-assessing your values//needs, so there’s no pressure to follow these descriptions exactly. As long as you’re suiting your needs, you’re doing perfect! Which kind of minimalist would you be? Let us know in the comments below!

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