If minimalism isn’t just obviously about managing our relationships with “stuff” or material objects, then what else is it for? It’s great-and-all having less stuff, having our minds and our vision less cluttered as a result of worrying less about stuff, and having more time and more freedom to (hopefully) invest more carefully into our daily lives. But is there something more? An underlying, “meta”-practice that undergirds the whole thing?
I’d argue minimalism is a daily practice of ruthless curation. By “ruthless”, I mean holding nothing as sacrosanct; not an object, not a practice, not a belief. Not even minimalism is sacrosanct.
Curation, in the most fitting definition, is literally:
To pull together, sift through, and select (for presentation)
In this, you are the curator of your own life. You only have a specific amount of focus, mental energy, and physical space that you are able to manage and select the things, people, and pursuits that mean the most to you. I’m not sure about other people, but I don’t spend a lot of time staring at some of the pictures and art on my walls, but what I do have brings a smile to my face every time I notice them. The same goes with my preferred activities and relationships: What I don’t enjoy, I curate out or adjust. What I do enjoy, I invest all of my attention and time into.
At the same time, holding any of these as sacrosanct is the antithesis of the curation. We choose what to add or remove, and by that very act we can choose to stop participating in activities or relationships that don’t serve to make us happy or enrich our lives.
So really, it really just boils down to what you choose to include or remove from your life. So what are you waiting for?