Modern Minimalism + Real-Life Contentment
The trend of modern minimalism is everywhere right now.
Why are we so drawn to it? Whether we’re conscious of it or not, our attraction to the quiet cleanliness of modern minimalism is a reaction to the unfiltered noise, consumerism, non-stop- information-stream, constant distraction, want-inducing overabundance that has come to define American culture. In a society constantly preaching that we need more, more, more! we’re ready to say, “ENOUGH!”
The danger, however, is that minimalism becomes just another stream of images we scroll through and pin or double-tap: bright, pristine living spaces with a multitude of amazingly healthy house plants and a curated collection of art, furniture, and Scandanavian rugs that hits just the right balance of modern and vintage. Meticulously high-quality, 15-piece wardrobes that seems both effortless and exactly on-trend (displayed on matching hangers on industrial garment racks in cool, loft apartments). These images are beautiful, and I don’t want to belittle the thought or creativity that went into them. But they don’t get most of us anywhere. Looking at them and then around us at the busy, messy, real life outside our screens, we find ourselves discontent with our realities rather than empowered minimalize.
Less, Please! Is an invitation to genuinely pursue simplicity in our homes and hearts. In hard-won daily habits. In the meaningful and the mundane. In theory and in practice. Because we have come to suspect that contentment and growth can come through the decluttering power of simplicity and purpose.