The Interior Design Experience Podcast

#32 – Minimalism and Slow Living: Exploring Two Paths to Simplicity

May 28, 2024

Is Minimalism the same as Slow Living?

Short answer — no, but they have a lot in common.

Minimalism is a word you might be hearing more and more at the moment. It is a movement which is taking off particularly in the US and in other western countries too.

The other night we watched “Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things” and it got me thinking about the similarities with slow living.

What is minimalism?
“ Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important — so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” (The Minimalists)

It is the intention to attach less meaning to things and more significance to people, experiences and purpose.

What this means in practice is getting rid of most of your things and living very simply. Some minimalists aim to have less than 50 possessions at any time.

If you think about what is in your wardrobe, never mind the rest of your home then you will realize that is quite a challenge.

Slow Living is a movement where people decide to live a more balanced, meaningful life through slowing things down and appreciating both the world around them and what they have.

Join me on today’s episode where we dive into the philosophy of slow living and how it relates to the minimalist lifestyle.

We’ll discuss the key differences between the two, provide practical tips for designing a slow living, minimalist environment, and explore how this way of life can foster self-discovery and overall wellness.

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