Minimalist values: Aesthetic versus Functional

As much as I’d like to think that the daily tasks required on the #60daystominimal challenge are meant to be carried out on that particular day, I’m actually struggling quite bit trying to keep up with it. I have a hectic schedule and my day job can be quite draining, that by the time I get home, all I want to do is relax, and I know I shouldn’t. I should keep pushing through!

However, I may have accomplished something else on another level… my husband is starting to appreciate the whole minimalism concept! In fact, his come up with a new idea that ties is well with the “keeping surfaces clear” challenge on Day 8 – that is to consider that item visibility is proportional to aesthetic value and frequency of use.

See, there are not-so-aesthetically-pleasing items that are in view on surfaces that are frequently used, and therefore easily accessible. Then there are aesthetically pleasing items that pretty much just look good, but they have no frequent usage.

We have come up with a new rule of thumb based on this:

Items with high visibility need to either be high in aesthetic value or have a high frequency of use. If it fails on both accounts, then the item should not be in view.

This is going to help us a lot with determining which items stays or goes, which, in turn, will help us declutter our space whether thats with a minimalist wallet or minimalist furniture.