In the last two years I have been really intrigued by minimalism and its various forms. I tried a little bit of minimalism of my own in our home and my wardrobe from time to time. The feelings it engendered were freeing and calm – things looked so less cluttered. To an extent, I believe my little bit of minimalism led to me being even more in touch with my wants and needs. However, true or full minimalists may probably not call my little bit of minimalism, minimalism at all. But then, what I call extreme minimalism entered the life of me and my family.
As you might know if you have seen some of my previous posts, I recently moved to cold England in the UK from sunny (not at the moment) Cape Town in South Africa. We were expecting our personal belongings, furniture, car – the works -, to arrive within 4 weeks from the date we arrived. We are now in week 7 and it is yet to arrive in the country. We had the keys to our new home more than 2 weeks ago but without any of our things, we were unable to move in.
Last week, however, we decided that we could not leave our home empty any longer and needed to find more of a routine in our own space, amongst other things. Especially, given that the children start at their brand new school in about 3 weeks. So we took the plunge, borrowed a few things, bought a few things like airbeds and other essentials and did it!
It is this plunge that has led to our life as extreme minimalists. My husband, children and I sleep on airbeds, have one towel each, one plate, bowl, cup, and glass each and we share cutlery which is used as both cooking and eating utensils. We have one pot, one casserole dish and one oven tray which cooks all our meals. Without the convenience and speed of a microwave, I have come to realise that reheating food in the oven or on the hob over these last few days makes certain foods taste so much better. And the wait… doesn’t bother me at all!
In addition to this, we thankfully have a Wi-Fi connection, washer/dryer and the house came with a built-in fridge/freezer and oven/hob. There is also a built-in dishwasher, but I have been so good thus far and have not used it once.
Overall, we are calling it camping or “glamping” in our own home. It’s been so great though. We are all so happy and want for nothing at the moment. If there is one thing I look forward to, it is my bed. But that is about it.
This period has and will continue to be (until our things eventually arrive) such a great experience of adapting and being in our very minimal environment. So all those dedicated and passionate minimalists out there – yes it is possible – yes it is freeing – and me and my family are absolutely loving it!
A few of my favourite minimalism quotes:
“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” – Vernon Howard
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” – Edwin Way Teale
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates
“In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.” – Plato
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Yours in Adapting & Being