I am intrigued by the concept of minimalism. I read blogs and books on the subject. I have donated and tossed boxes and bags of unused stuff. I would love to get rid of more. I feel stressed and uncomfortable in messy or cluttered space. I find the less cluttered my home is, the calmer my mind.
I would love to consider myself a minimalist, but I just can’t. Why? Because despite my efforts to rid my home of junk, it seems like I still have way too much stuff to be considered a minimalist. My home is fairly clutter free…just the typical trouble spots (the transient papers that pile up in the kitchen and in my office, the hallway closets that became the catch-all for anything without a home, the garage which catches any outdoor clutter, etc). I look at people I consider true minimalists (Leo Balboa, Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus, Francine Jay…just to name a few) and I think “Wow, I’m not even in the same league…I’m still surrounded by stuff”.
Then just recently I was reading a book, “Essays by The Minimalists”, written by 2 of my favorite minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. In the book, there was an essay about not relating to the title “minimalists”. Apparently there are many of us out there that love the concepts, but can’t quite connect to the term, minimalist. So what do The Minimalists suggest? Pick a different word.
After a bit of soul searching, I decide I subscribe to the concept of enoughism….I am an “enoughalist”. It has a nice ring to it…sort of sounds like a character from Sesame Street, right?
Why did I choose this word? Because, it helps me put my belongings in perspective. For example, when thinking of my wardrobe, I don’t want a minimalist wardrobe. I could never have the clothes I love and feel like a minimalist. I don’t want a closet crammed full of clothes either, I want just enough…no more, no less…just enough, for me. Given this new concept, do I have still have too much stuff? You betcha! But I am now on my way to being the perfect enoughalist, which is a much more realistic goal for my life. I only have to figure out, "what is enough for me?" Should be simple, don't you think? (sarcasm)
But how about you? Do you want to be an enoughalist too? Stay tuned for a few more blog posts to inspire you on becoming an “enoughalist”. ;-)
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.