"Minimalism is a nice concept but I could never have just two white shirts/one pair of shoes/ten books/[insert number of favorite items here]!"
And I get it: the thought of getting rid of stuff and keeping just enough feels restrictive. All that extra space in your home after decluttering can feel boring and empty, like you need to fill it with more stuff 'cause you now have so much room.
The thing is minimalism isn't one size fits all. It's not about keeping a certain number of items or letting go of something you love in your life just because someone else would find it excessive.
For many minimalists, it's not really about less. It's about letting go of less which helps you focus on more of what you care about.
Less stuff at home means more time enjoying your home. Because you don't have as much cleaning and upkeep to do to keep your items in shape.
Less shopping means more money you haven't shopped with.
Less clothes means less confusion about what to wear in the mornings and more time wearing your favorite outfits.
You may have heard all this before, especially as minimalism was such a trendy buzzword last year.
It's all true for me though; minimalism has been freeing.
The lighter feeling that came with it motivated me to change how I was living my day-to-day. And outside of the typical ways it's changed my life with stuff, it's continued to benefit me in extra-surprising ways.
Though I will also say: there's 1 way it hasn't changed my life.