I saw an Instagram post that said "Decluttering is about removing the things we don't want. Minimalism is about discovering how little we actually need."
Neither really appeals to me. By these definitions decluttering sounds like I have bought or been given things that don't fit my life and let them sit around. Minimalism seems like I live with as little as possible which sounds austere.
Then there is the successful home organizing show The Home Edit which I admit not watching as it appears to be about organizing and storing your stuff. Editing sounds to me like dealing with storing excess rather than what matters most.
I want to curate to have what suits me just right at this point in my life, to buy consciously and not hold on to things just in case or acquire on the whiff of desire. Instead, to surround myself with things that bring me joy or are useful and preferably appealing at the same time.
So for me curating my belongings and home means intentionally selecting, organizing and using what I own. Curating goal, relationships and other non-material parts of life is a whole different process I think. Perhaps I’ll think about curating what I eat and how I build my health too.
Starting though with my home as I’ve been tweaking it lately, I found this inspirational statement about curating your home at SimpleHomeSimpleLife.
"Curating means pulling your space together in an intentional way. Think about how museum and art gallery curators pull things together in very purposeful design so that we can have the best experience. You can do the same thing for your home.
It means using what you have but only keeping what contributes to the home and life you want. You use and present those things in a way that will make you smile, pause and feel good. It means surrounding yourself with things that will help you thrive in an environment that will encourage mindfulness in the present and be supportive of your best future. It means to take charge and live by design."
I think that fits me and love that it leaves lots of room for art, keepsakes, comfort, hobbies and so on.
I do love having art mostly made by family in our home along with carefully chosen keepsakes. Color is very important to me too. I am very visually affected and in fact learn easiest by reading or seeing a demonstration and then doing. My husband learns more by listening but appreciates visual interest and harmony.
On the other hand I dislike house cleaning and clutter. Makes for an interesting combination of having stuff and organizing along with minimizing clutter that isn’t appealing or useful. I think I would have suffocate in a Victorian stuffed parlor and cringe in a bare sleek modern one.
How do you experience your belongings and physical environment?