One more thing

I’ll bet you’re wondering if I got the title wrong… usually minimalists write about one less thing. But this week I added something to my possessions: A coffee maker.

For the last seven years I have resisted buying one. I have tried all the instant coffee brands, going without, buying at work, filtering with a piece of cotton and a funnel, and using a travel cup with a plunger. None gave satisfaction.

Therefore I bought myself a double-walled, stainless steel, 8-cup french press. It makes gorgeous coffee. I’m unlikely to break it with my clumsiness or world travels. I can take it camping. I’m very happy with my purchase.

Does this signal the end of stylish minimalism? Not at all. Is the joy of freshly brewed coffee at home worth owning another possession for me? Yep.

Minimalism is a means, not an end. Clearing out the excess leaves a huge amount of space for the good stuff, the living we really want to do. Sometimes that means buying a coffee maker. Hardcore minimalists might drink their coffee with the grounds still in the cup but what’s the point of that if you choke on every sip?

What this means for seekers of peace and joy

The point is to not stress out about getting rid of everything you own or do, and to not be afraid to add new things. If learning how to paint was always your unrealised passion, go ahead and buy the paints and brushes… and still call yourself a minimalist! Mind you, this isn’t an excuse to go shopping or buy on a whim. If you’re not sure you really want it, don’t get it. And if you decide to go for it, do your research! Don’t be afraid to take your time… took me seven years for a coffee maker.

Declutter what makes sense for you. And if something makes you smile every time you use or look at it or participate in it, declutter around it to give it the room it deserves. Clear your schedule to make the time. I made room in my cupboard for my new coffee maker, so it’s not clutter on my kitchen counters.

What do you want to showcase in your life? What’s getting in the way? Is there something you’ve been wishing to add in?

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About Tabatha

My vision for myself and for the world is peace and joy. Everything I post will be to this end. Style and minimalism are a big part of my life within my vision. Minimalism brings me peace, and style brings joy. I post on topics covering environment, relationships, finance, personal growth, health, career and recreation.

5 thoughts on “One more thing

  1. Absolutely right, Tabatha. Minimalism isn’t about never adding. It’s about being conscious of what you add, and making sure that it’s essential and not just buying on impulse. I add things too, but slowly. Great post!

  2. I am a minimalist, and I own a coffee maker. I got it second hand from my aunt who had bought something fancier. My coffee maker is a plain jane one that you put a filter in. I have had it for five years, and it works great. Plus, it was free.

    Coffee is not a luxury. It is a necessity.

  3. Good for you. I don’t think self-denial works. “Just the right amount of stuff” is better than “no stuff for the sake of no stuff”.

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