There has been some recent heated debate in the online minimalist community as to whether Minimalism as a trend is “over,” as a former minimalist blogger has declared.
I would agree that Minimalism gained popularity during the worst days of the recent recession. People with high consumption habits suddenly considered downscaling and shifting their focus to a simpler way of life.
Now that the economy is improving, some are returning to their old ways. In a sense, it’s a return to business as usual for many.
However, in the blogosphere, many bloggers have vowed to remain true to Minimalism. Minimalism is actually a philosophy that has been around for a very long time – one that can change your life, even if you just choose to make small changes.
Minimalism isn’t really just about decluttering your house, as I’ve said before. It’s about decluttering your life, so you can focus on what’s important to you. Hopefully, we can all hang on to that idea as the economy recovers and our financial options open up.
For over 10 years, I’ve been interested in “voluntary simplicity” as it used to be called. The quality of my life has steadily improved as I have made gradual changes. I hope you’ll continue to check in here to this blog for tips and inspiration, whatever the current economic climate. Whether it’s fashionable or not, Minimalist OC will not be changing focus at this time. This has always been primarily a personal journal style blog, but I’m happy to read in your comments and emails that this blog has been helpful to you as well. I plan to continue on my journey!