In my first blog post, I shared my thoughts on what is the minimalist lifestyle.
I mentioned some of the traits that define a minimalist but also made clear that not all minimalists are the same and that I do not consider myself a complete minimalist either.
I have a lot of admiration for people who have fully adopted this lifestyle, as it is not easy to forget about materialism and wanting to get new things.
I can think of six minimalist types that have crossed my mind so far; if I manage to think of more examples, I'll update this list, also consider that a minimalist could potentially crossover between one or even more types.
I have an idea of what kind of minimalist I am and will share it by the end of this post, and maybe this will help you see what kind of minimalist you are.
If you know more types of minimalists, do not be shy and let me know, I would love to hear your opinion, without further due, let's begin this list.
1 Essential Minimalist
The purest form of minimalist, if you enter their home you will see what you are picturing in your mind, white walls, light natural wooden floors, the necessary furniture with clean lines, little to no decor, maybe some plants as they can be both a decorative and purifier item.
They do no lot like to exhibit things, and even in their kitchens and closets, they have everything tucked away, one thing to notice is that although they have way less than the average person that does not equal organization, they have less stuff to hold.
The downside to this type of minimalism is that their way of life does not welcome many changes, meaning someone moving in or having kids.
I believe this is ideal for single people or couples who share this trait before they decide to move in together, as it's challenging to compromise others to switch to this lifestyle.
And it is virtually impossible to make the said switch when there's more than one family member as it might cause tension and arguments. Maybe a gradual change, but it's still tricky to compromise others if they do not feel identified, as minimalism is a path one chooses to take, not a forced one.
What gift would they appreciate? Digital music, movies, or book subscriptions as that allows them to declutter physical media.
Another idea is something consumable; if they like essential oils, candles, bath bombs, or anything similar, they will go for that, as they will not want to hold on to something indefinitely, especially if it's a duplicate.
2 The Thrifty Minimalist
This minimalist shares the same perspective with the original minimalist of making the most out of what they own and only buy things when necessary but differ in the fact that they do not want to spend their money and try to hold on to it much time as possible.
For this reason, they are also super handy and always want to learn to DIY as much as possible; they will tend their garden (and if they have enough time to try to grow their herbs or small fruits and vegetables).
They will try to fix broken things before consider buying something new and usually prove themselves successful).
When it comes to shopping, they are not looking for the best item their pocket can afford at a retail store.
If they can, they will search in a second-hand store, and they will compare a lot of different brands and products before buying. It includes reading articles, customer reviews, and watching videos online.
The negative side for this minimalist is that they could waste a lot of time doing research and not make up their minds, wasting something much more valuable than money.
DIY is not a bad option as long as it is not a whole project that requires some expertise.
It's not the same to DIY a hand soap versus changing an entire kitchen, which could potentially cost way more, as they wasted money on a failed project and now have to pay somebody else to come and fix the mess left behind.
One last issue with this minimalist is that if they buy everything second hand, they risk more money to fix things soon, I'm talking about appliances and electronics, and items like decoration, clothes, and books are not a problem.
Wonder what to gift this type of minimalist? A fully equipped toolbox is the ideal gift, as you are giving them the chance to fix many things in the future.
3 Aesthetic Minimalist
I would say they relate a bit to the Original Minimalist in that they favor a clean look and have the necessary, but to achieve it, they ignore budgets.
An original minimalist tries to find good quality no matter the price range as long as it is within their budget, and aesthetic minimalist will not care for the budget.
They would favor a more expensive item over a cheaper alternative just for the looks alone, even if both are of similar quality.
The downside to this is minimalism is a waste of money, and even though they do spend money on something they love, its still money that could be saved for retirement or as an emergency fund. For that reason, this minimalism is only for people who can afford it.
What gift would they appreciate? Ideally, you want to know this minimalist taste before thinking of an item, a good idea would be a minimal art piece (if they do not own any), but the safest choice would be a gift card to a store like Crate & Barrel.
4 Eco-friendly Minimalist
They took this lifestyle because they are worried about the environment and the impact human consumption has on it; they are easily the most resourceful minimalist, closely related to the thrifty minimalist. They want to be as independent as possible.
They also have a lot of tools at their disposal for gardening, cooking, sewing, and other household chores, they can also be more family-oriented and want to include them into this lifestyle.
What gift would they appreciate? An ebook with DIY ideas.
5 Conscious Minimalists
The conscious minimalist is the one who obtains joy and spiritual enlightenment by getting rid of extra things.
They practice sensitive moderation not for financial, ecological, or aesthetic reasons in particular, but purely in search of their serenity.
Letting go of their possessions, for the conscious minimalist, is mainly about letting go of guilt, stress, or other sour feelings.
Eliminating excess allows the conscious person to find more purpose in his daily life and better savor his intellect, sanctuary, and community.
When you want to surprise them, buy them a motivational book on spiritual decluttering.
6 Experiential Minimalists
The minimalist experience hallmark is the belief that the search for experience is more universally crucial than the search for things.
Thus, although the experientialist has very few possessions, it is merely a symptom of his chosen lifestyle.
You can also call them minimalist backpacks because of their ability to pack their whole life into a bag and be prepared for anything. This brand of minimalists encompasses a wide range of personalities, from adventure-seeking hippies to independent digital nomads.
They don't care about material belonging. That's why they are capable of traveling without worries. They own as little as possible because their goal is to save money to go and live experiences, for these minimalist experiences are worthy. The essential objects purpose is to help achieve said experiences.
What to gift them? A class to learn a new hobby or skill or even better a plane ticket to a place they do not know.
What kind of minimalist am I?
I like architecture and interior design; for that reason, a part of me leans towards Aesthetic Minimalist. Still, I would not spend money on designer furniture because I like it; a part of me falls in the Thrifty Minimalist, especially when it comes to researching before buying. I will waste too much time doing that!
I also share some traits of the Conscious Minimalist as I used to own a lot of stuff but slowly decluttered to live with less, and it has truly helped me improve my daily life by being more productive and feeling less stress.
Before minimalism, I would not have been able to start a blog like this one, especially when I had so much in mind. Now that I have more time for me, I can share my thoughts.
What kind of minimalist are you?
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