Is minimalism a form of laziness?


Justin and I have been debating about minimalism being a form of laziness. Justin says it’s not, but I say it is. What do you think? Let’s cut this fluff.

Today, I’m talking about minimalism and laziness.

Justin's side:

Justin, my husband, says the two are not related. He says that minimalism is a lot of work because you constantly have to make decisions to clean and rid your spaces of clutter. Minimalism takes effort and energy to be organized. He says that it’s a fact that minimalism is the opposite of being lazy.

Some synonyms for lazy are careless, dull, inattentive, passive, tired, lethargic, etc. See the pattern? The definition of laziness is the unwillingness to work or use energy. If you look at minimalism from Justin’s angle, then it would seem like it is NOT laziness.

Now, yes, I agree that if a person is unwilling to spend time and energy on cleaning and organizing their home, they may be lazy.

My side:

If you own and have a lot of stuff in your home, it's going to take a lot more time and energy to keep it constantly tidy, than if you own less. It’s basic math. Say it takes you 15 minutes to clean one room. If you have four rooms in your home, it will take you about an hour to clean the whole place. Now, say it take you one hour to clean one room because there is more to clean. It will take you four hours to clean and tidy all four rooms. What is more appealing? Cleaning for one hour or for four hours?

Unless I’m getting paid for those four hours, I would rather only spend one-hour cleaning and then get on with my life. Now, I’m far from being a lazy person, but if you were a person who doesn’t like to clean or be organized, no judgment here. Maybe that’s just who you are as a person. Then one hour of cleaning would be much more appealing than four hours. The less time and energy spent on doing chores would be like heaven. Who likes doing chores? I don’t!

This is where minimalism comes in to play. Minimalism is a style that is characterized by sparseness and simplicity. The fewer things you own, the less time and energy you need to spend tending to those items. IT’s perfect if you don’t like spending energy on mundane living tasks. Like doing dishes or the laundry or cleaning/organizing your home. It’s a lot easier to do a handful of dishes than a whole counter and sink full of dishes.

So, is minimalism a form of laziness?

Well, to me you can be lazy with any lifestyle you choose. But, it is easier and more acceptable to be lazy and be a minimalist than to be lazy and be a maximalist or have hoarding disorder. It’s all about what you choose to spend your time and energy on. There are only so many hours in a day. What would you rather spend them on?

End Note

One of the pillars of clean, sustainable living is minimalism. It’s about slowing down and enjoying the present moment. That may look like laziness to some people, but in reality, being simple, slow, and at the moment can enrich your life. Sometimes doing nothing besides breathing can bring a sense of calm and awareness to your life. Which can help you solve problems, come up with ideas, and even allow yourself to focus on your mind and body.

There are actually many studies that show being calm and aware can have tremendous benefits on your overall health. So, is being “lazy” really that bad? Maybe its more like carefree than careless. Or more like slow and easy rather than dull and inattentive. Or maybe the ability to relax instead of saying that laziness is passive, tired, or lethargic.

What do you think? Is minimalism a form of laziness? And if it is, is that such a bad thing?

Thanks for cutting the fluff with me this week. I hope you have a beautiful day.

Take care of yourself.

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