4 Minimalist Lifestyles and the Motivations Behind Them

Living and working in a sustainable way often finds expression as a minimalist space defined further by minimalist objects. Minimalism has been subdivided into so many different strands that it is hard to keep up. There are big picture minimalists, nostalgic, new life, counter and even digital nomad minimalists so finding a type that suits your lifestyle could be a baffling and lengthy process. We sifted out four different minimalist lifestyles, that best reflect the Morfus brand!

Quality Minimalism

This type of minimalist lifestyle looks to limit the amount of material goods in a home but ensures that the objects that are owned are quality and long-lasting. At the point of decision making the question is asked whether the purchase of this item of furniture is essential. And then, is the way the item is made and the materials used of sufficient quality to ensure longevity?

“Quality, not quantity” is the philosophy that these minimalists adhere to, so they’ll look for worthwhile, excellent design to make the most of the streamlined space they’ve curated. Using less and having less is the signature status.

Spatial Minimalism

Minimalists with a spatial outlook are focused as much on the objects within a space as on the space itself. The absence of objects is as important as their presence and it is that balance that creates the individual experience.

The sense of a space is therefore everything, so this means having less on display as opposed to specifically owning less. They’re choosing minimalism because it looks right, rather than for any political reasons or sustainability motives.

Spaces owned by these minimalists will also often use and express contrasting or complimentary natural materials to heighten the connection to their environment. They’ll look for items and pieces that create a striking balance between objects and the space they sit in.

Footprint Minimalism

Unsurprisingly, footprint minimalists adopt an environmentally conscious perspective and look to minimise their carbon footprint and limit the amount of waste they create when designing their space. They’re looking to reduce their environmental impact to the absolute minimum not only in terms of CO2 but also in terms of all potentially harmful substances.

Being a footprint minimalist isn’t necessarily about having as little as possible, rather creating conditions where you can decrease environmental harm and promote greener ways of living. They’re more likely to be found ‘living off the land’, so they are able to craft new furniture from old belongings and upcycle instead of buying completely new items.

Here at Morfus, we use sustainable materials and ensure we get the most and waste the least out of every carefully programmed CNC cut. We always have the environmental impact in the front of our mind which influences how our brand functions and creates products.

Tidy Minimalism

Tidy minimalists take enjoyment from reorganising their homes and decluttering their spaces so they can rid themselves of unnecessary objects. As outlined in Marie Kondo’s famous decluttering bible ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’, tidy minimalists make changes because it makes them feel better and more fulfilled, rather than for any particular environmental or political reason.

People often find that decluttering their living space can subsequently have a positive impact on their mental wellbeing, so being a tidy minimalist is about living in the moment and removing items that are unneeded and cause unwanted stress. This means that someone can concentrate more on the things and people that truly matter to them.

At Morfus we have created a brand around these Minimalist themes. Our products are robust, with a strong aesthetic presence, they have low environmental impact and they can organise and declutter your spaces. Consumers and brand makers take decisions without knowing the longer-term consequences. However, in a world that daily becomes smaller it is increasingly more difficult to plead ignorance and to dodge the cumulative effect of ill-considered acts; the future isn’t what it used to be.

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