What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is taking the world by storm. You’ve probably noticed documentaries touting the benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle, and many designer clothing and accessory brands are opting for minimalist designs in 2018. However, the word “minimalism” is incredibly vague, and it’s not always clear what the intended meaning of the word is when it’s being used. In this blog, we’ll explain a few of the different meanings of “minimalism.” Qlink Designs is revolutionizing the way you use everyday items, beginning with the wallet. Our Kickstarter wallet, the Strapo Minimalist Wallet, has taken the world by storm, and we can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2018 – browse online today!

Minimalist Living and Aesthetics

Living minimally is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “minimalism.” While minimalist living typically has living with fewer physical objects as one of its primary tenets, minimalist living should be kept distinct from living austerely. Think about many of the decorations that adorn your home – how many of them are there because you absolutely cannot live without them, and how many of them are there because they’ve become comfortable and routine? When we begin to think carefully about the things we own, we often come to see that we’ve held on to many of our belongings out of habit rather than necessity. Moreover, when we carefully consider our spending habits, most of us will probably come to find that we spend far too much of our disposable income on things we can easily live without. 

Minimalist furniture is often multi-purpose and designed to take up a limited amount of space. Common examples of minimalist furniture include ottomans with storage space inside and fold-out kitchen tables that also function as storage units. While many contemporary homeowners are opting for minimalist furniture, minimalist designs can be great for those living in small apartments and condos. 

Minimalist Fashion

Take a moment to think about the clothing in your closet – how much of your clothing do you wear on a regular basis, and how much of your clothing has sat untouched in your closet for months or years? Numerous studies have shown that the average person wears roughly 25 percent of their clothing 75 percent of the time. Minimalists recommend keeping only the clothing that you wear on a regular basis in your closet, and donating or throwing out the rest. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll miss the clothes you never wear, and you will free up a large amount of storage space in your closet!

Minimalism also extends to the accessories and clothing we wear. Just as minimalist homes have simple, uncluttered layouts, minimalist accessories are simple and multi-functional. Minimalist watches took the market by storm in 2017, and the majority of these watches have simple, single-color dials without numbers. Minimalist clothing follows a similar path and is typically limited to one or two colors, and many minimalist designers intend for their clothing to be an element of a small and frequently-used wardrobe.

You’ve probably discovered that your wallet has business and credit cards that you rarely use, and there’s nothing worse than carrying around a bulky wallet. That’s why we designed our Strapo Minimalist Wallet to be both functional and stylish. Our Strapo Minimalist Wallet gives you storage space for your cards and cash, a ring to attach your keys to, and an RFID-protected slot for your favorite card. Don’t weigh yourself down with items you don’t use – go minimalist this year, you won’t regret it. Browse our products online today, and contact us with any questions that you have!