Attitude

10 Signs You’re a Minimalist

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Have you ever felt you were…different? Your friends think you’re a little OCD. You collect white t shirts the way others hoard body-con dresses, and you can’t quite relate to what the magazines say is ‘in fashion’. If you exhibit any of the traits below, you could be a Minimalist…

 

1Organising every aspect of your life has a strangely therapeutic appeal. You either live a pedantically orderly life, or aspire to one. You love making lists: to-do lists, shopping lists, guest lists. When you can see ideas and plans laid out logically before you, you feel empowered, and even the most difficult tasks are do-able. Presented with mess and disorder, you turn into the (dreaded) procrastinator.

 

2You aspire to look put together at all times, but you are not one to fuss over your looks. Unless you’ve been invited to the Academy Awards (and even then), you would never be seen dressed up to the nines. Regardless of the occasion, you would rather wear comfortable shoes and look naturally you with just enough makeup to cover up your flaws. After all, true friends love you for your imperfections.

 

3When it comes to your wardrobe, you are all about signature pieces that express who you are and are made to last – the perfectly fitting jeans, a beautifully tailored blazer, the classic handbag. You might succumb to the momentary temptation of fun seasonal trends, but you treat these as cheap thrills rather than investments. Trends, what does that even mean?

 

4You have an appreciation for quality and the finer things, and receive little satisfaction from lesser substitutes. You would rather save up and spend $500 on a pair of simple Italian made pumps, rather than buy a $50 pair that ‘looks exactly the same’. In your mind, simply ‘looking luxe’ is boring. It’s the fine quality and craftsmanship that you fall in love with.

 

5You dislike waste with a passion. Your favourite designer makeup palettes can last you years, you grudgingly use up that final centimeter of pencil, and you stubbornly extract ‘cost for wear’ out of each and every piece of clothing – which often means getting creative with re-purposing or up-cycling pieces that have gone out of style.

 

6Cleaness and functionality appeals to you, rather than the overly decorative. So naturally, you gravitate towards clean lines, even textures and neutral colours. And you don’t understand things which do not have some kind of functionality.

 

7In your home, you value space above all. You would rather have no furniture and sit on the floor (Japanese styles) rather than fill every inch up with decorative paraphernalia. That is not to say your home is bland or devoid of personality. Far from it – as you choose all your possessions carefully, your home is an unmistakable extension of your personality.

 

8When it comes to money, you are no penny-pincher, but you don’t live large either. You would not hesitate to drop four digits on something you love, but you like to know you’re getting the best value. You are a bargain hunter at heart, and the % sign hold a special appeal.

 

9You don’t deal well with clutter, so routine spring cleaning is a hobby rather than a chore. You love the feeling of clearing out the superfluous, simplifying your life and reassessing your priorities.

 

10Your aversion to clutter extends to the people in your life. You like to surround yourself with only people who matter most to you. Therefore the Facebook friend list is not immune to an occasional spring clean either!

 

So how many of these are definitely you?

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  • ronlet
    15 March 2015 at 2:34 am

    great list. i am not a minimalist but there are some qualities I aspire to have.

    • Jiawa Liu
      17 March 2015 at 9:28 am

      Thanks for reading! And I’m completely with you on that!

  • Laura Dittrich
    15 March 2015 at 3:30 am

    Really loved reading this! A fresh and different take on what being a minimalist is about and I have to say I agree with all of it.

    Even though I gravitate towards minimalism, I do not consider myself one, however, I can relate 100% to all points. x

    • Jiawa Liu
      17 March 2015 at 9:27 am

      Aw thanks so much for reading! I’m such a huge fan of yours, so I’m so stoked that you came to visit :). I also don’t define myself as doing everything in a minimalist way, and I don’t think I dress completely minimal most of the time (I wear so much animal print!). But I think that there is a kind of attitude that people who gravitate towards minimalism have, and it’s just a preference for simplicity and cleaness in every aspect of our lives.

  • Sarah Shanahan
    15 March 2015 at 5:34 am

    Yes that’s me!! Loved this post thankyou.

    • Jiawa Liu
      17 March 2015 at 9:23 am

      haha I knew it would be you! I think you are definitely more of a true minimalist than I am.

  • Vienice
    16 March 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I’d say a 7/10!
    Great read! I never considered being a minimalist is already a (some kind of) label.

    • Jiawa Liu
      17 March 2015 at 9:20 am

      Looks like you might be a minimalist too! I don’t know if it’s a thing, but I’m definitely working on making it one! By the way, which were the ones you didn’t agree with?

  • Amanda Renée
    2 June 2015 at 12:02 am

    Absolutely love your minimalist styles and tips! They’re really helping me to enhance and develop my own penchant for minimalist pieces in an elegant and chic way. Can’t tell you how happy I am to have found your blog! Looking forward to catching up on your posts and looking out for new ones 🙂

    • Jiawa Liu
      2 June 2015 at 9:24 am

      Thank you so much for reading my blog, Amanda! I hope I can continue to create useful content that helps you achieve the perfect minimalist life and style!

  • Maristella
    2 June 2015 at 10:23 am

    Girl… Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my blog! It brought me to yours and I have to say, your content is amazing. Not just your aesthetic but your ideas and your writing! Keep up the good work 🙂

    xoxo
    Maristella
    http://www.aconstellationjournal.com

    • Jiawa Liu
      2 June 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Oh my goodness I would say the same thing about yours!! So in love with your style and photography, and your layout is so clean! I’ve just started following you Bloglovin now so I’ll definitely be back to visit 😀

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