Are you a Minimalist, Maximalist or In-between?

These days it is all about personal style and self-expression. There is beauty in both the thoughtful simplicity of a minimalistic space and also the vibrance of a more eye-catching mix of tones and textures that can be found in a more maximal one. But it does not just stop there. These art forms can also manifest as part of the day-to-day choices we make and the way we live our daily lives. Here is a simple guide helping you decide on your style by considering the benefits and drawbacks of each approach. 

The notion behind this idea is that "less is more". By only placing the most essential things in a space, you can make those elements more stand out. This helps to increase the attention and focus of particular material goods or elements in one's life. Minimalism is not just about owning the bare essentials, it is about living with greater simplicity. It goes beyond just design but is also a part of mental philosophy and lifestyle that looks to distinguish what is important in one's life. 

Free from financial worry
One of the many reasons budgeting can be difficult these days is because we accumulate so many extra bills on services and spend so much buying products we might not need. We can cut down on these habits by implementing minimalist style budget systems. For example, using just one credit card could help towards earning points that convert into rewards. This would be quite impossible if you are frequently using more than one card for transactions. Keeping a savings account can be a useful as a reserve for your money.

More time for what matters
In a world of endless opportunities, it can be hard to say no to things. One of the big reasons for this is the fear of missing out. We might find ourselves acting with an impulse on opportunities thinking that it is better than what we could plan to do now and then find ourselves feeling more moments of boredom indulging on Netflix and social media. Why not take it back to basics, clear out any pre-plans and start to enjoy your own company? You prioritise on what is important and on things which add lasting value to your life. Following a simple approach to life can make time feel more rewarding and joyful. 

Experiences over material goods 
Living a minimalist lifestyle centres around the aspect of reducing. An individual typically spends more time on experiences than using material goods. Placing priority towards experiences like planning activities with loved ones, hitting the gym, reading a good book can help support personal development and strengthen relationships. This is a more meaningful way to spending time than spending it at shops making purchases on things of short-term value.

Only for those who can afford 
Although minimalism revolves around valuing experiences rather than things, experiences can cost as much, or more than the things that we accumulate. Take theatre tickets or travelling as examples. All great experiences but you need the cash to do this. Sometimes experiences can cost just as much or even more than the things we accumulate. Therefore being aware of your finances is key to make better decisions.

Getting too caught up 
It can be easy to slip into an obsessive way of thinking where you turn manic-like on counting things, getting rid of things or just owning the basic essentials. It could lead to missing out on the purpose of minimalism altogether. Minimalism is not about counting everything or leaving it all behind and it is definitely not about obsession. It should be applied as a guiding principle to navigate oneself through excess so that they can focus on the important things in life instead.

Not a remedy for problems
There are all sorts of guru experts who claim to know how to solve all your issues and bring you a happy life. But life as you know it is not easy and there are always challenges and hurdles along the way. In this case, you could consider minimalism as a tool helping to free up the mind. It can be used as a guide to having gratitude for even the small things in life.

At the opposite end of the scale to minimalism is maximalism. The philosophy behind this idea follows that "more is more". This idea moves away from keeping this of pure utility to a more lavish lifestyle of more opulent taste. Maximalism let's vibrance, shapes and texture set the scene. It works by grabbing your attention from the use of both complementary and clashing colours. It could be said that we might all lean further towards this side as life is not picture perfect.

Hunting for deals
Following a maximal lifestyle gives you good reason to splurge out now and then. Not only do you get to try out new things, but you also become much more price-conscious about things. We all love promotional offers and keeping loyalty with brands can be a fast track for amazing exclusive discounts. Life is short so why not enjoy and make the most of it? If shopping is one's thing then so be it.

Experimenting with style 
A common misconception is that maximalism encourages hoarding items and overstuffing rooms. Although it is centred around the idea of excess, it is not all as it seems. For those who love to mix and match different styles, maximalism is the way to go. You are free to decorate with all sorts of colours, layers and period pieces to your heart’s content. It is also an opportunity to learn in embracing imperfections.

Telling a story 
Maximalism follows the accord of abundance and delight. Everyone loves a good story so showcasing your life experiences makes an interesting conversation starter. If you have ever been to the house of an individual who has travelled a lot, you might notice many souvenirs and small things placed on displays. Maximalism gives you a chance to tell a story and share across your personality to others. 

Too much clutter and junk
You might soon realize how little you need to hold onto things. The truth is you need the things that you use on a daily or regular basis. If you are relaxed with your standards then you might end up losing control and verge towards hoarding behaviour. You should only buy what you need over instead of what you may want as you might not make the most use of it. It is important to remember that consumerism can lead to a vicious cycle of short term happiness.

Less control of your wallet
For those who love to shop all the time can most likely lose sight of keeping savings. Thinking frugally becomes tough and often a person might end up missing out on doing or achieving the things that could add value to them. Developing the habit to spend less can not only free up time but it can help boost one's health. It can help take away stress and free up room for the important things in life like building true relationships between people and achieving new milestones. 

Compulsive behaviour and materialism 
The reality is that many things begin to lose their lustre which leads to a danger of feeling easily underwhelmed. This is why everything should be in moderation. This is the key. If you get what you need you can appreciate it more so to overcome these habits you can: engaging your attention to areas like spending time with loved ones, focus on your skills or work towards self-improvement.

While we are likely to lean greater towards a particular side of the scale, many people fall somewhere in- between. For a majority of individuals, it can be hard to live up to a pristine picture-perfect minimalistic environment especially in the presence of small children or pets. Most people end up giving up on living to an ideal and resort to something they feel more comfortable and familiar with.

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Ben said...

I'm definitely something else. I'm a minimalist with maximalist tendencies. Like, I don't need a ton of decor, but I also tend to have too many objects that mean a lot to me.

Claudia said...

I definitely lean towards minimalism. I don't get in for all white and steel, but I like to keep things simple.

Matt said...

I am definitely in between, but leaning closer to maximalism, haha. I enjoy getting new things, and have a hard time throwing out other stuff. But not really a hoarder either. When it comes to the kitchen, I like have specific gadgets for specific tasks.

Kileen said...

I try to be a minimalist but I think I'm more in the middle. I always love having a lot of decor during the holiday season!

Marie at Complete Literature said...

I am definitely somewhere in between. And that is where I want to be, except maybe a little bit closer to less cluttered, lol.

Gervin Khan said...

I don't like having a lot of stuffs or decors in my house that's me being minimalists but keeping those things that are so dear to me makes me a maximalist. LOL!

Yudith said...

I am definitely a minimalist. I like everything to give simple. I don't like a big furniture and a lot of stuff in house. I like minimalist furniture and tidy. Because when I decided to move to another area, packing minimalist things was not that much of difficulty.

wanderlustbeautydreams said...

I think I'm in betweener. I'm trying to be more of a minimalist nowadays! I do value experiences more than material things.

Blair Villanueva said...

I am definitely in-between. I love clutter that makes me happy and gives motivation, and I love minimalist appeal on things like make-up!

Colin & Pati said...

i am a bit of in between er myself - i love maximal style as welll as simplicity of minimalism kind regards Pati Robins @style squeeze blog

Trisha Velarmino said...

Super minimalist! I've been living in different countries for the past 12 years so I choose to keep all my basic stuff. I don't even own furniture since I am always moving homes!

Monidipa said...

My ex was a maximalist and I am a minimalist and yes I have to agree that all these points are real. But I still love being a minimalist as the drawbacks aren't that severe!