Does This [Self-Help Method] Bring You Joy? Exploring Today’s Minimalism
How often have we heard “less is more” over the past few years?
But some remain skeptical of tidiness as a key to lasting happiness.
Kyle Chayka, author of “Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism” wrote in The Guardian:
“The KonMari Method and minimalist self-help as a whole works because it is a simple, almost one-step procedure, as memorable as a marketing slogan. It is a shock treatment demonstrating that you do not need to depend on possessions for an identity; you still exist even when they are gone. But as Kondo conceives it, it is also a one-size-fits-all process that has a way of homogenising homes and erasing traces of personality or quirkiness.”
At a time when many of us are at home—sometimes all day—we may be rethinking how we make our space.
Whilemore recent minimalism has been portrayed as a way for wealthy, mostly white, people to liberate themselves from the burden of their possessions, millions of Americans who have lost their jobs during the pandemic may be forced into a life of less.
We explore what exactly minimalism—a term that blossomed out of a 1960’s art movement—means and who gets to participate.
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