I can't say I had an epiphany, or massive rejection of consumerism, that made me a minimalist. It's just always been something I've been drawn to.
I love space and hate clutter.
I love simple designs (which are often the hardest to do) rather than ostentatious design.
But it was never really a lifestyle choice and I don't think of it as something "cool" or the ultimate way to live. It's just a thing that I'm comfortable with, and something that helps me relax.
So when I'm asked "why did you become a minimalist?" I'm a bit stuck for an answer. The simple answer, and the most honest one, is that I like it.
When it comes to design, my answer is more nuanced, but more on that at a later date.
Why become a minimalist?
1) It's simpler.
If you agonize for ages about what clothes to wear because you've got too much to choose from, you've got too much stuff. Buy a few good quality things and your choices become much easier and no less stylish.
2) It saves money.
Pretty clear this - the less stuff you buy, the less money you spend.
3) It's less stressful.
Physical clutter often translates to mental clutter, which can lead to stress, anxiety and depression.
Getting rid of clutter can literally be a breath of fresh air and help clear your mind.
For example, a desk covered in files and papers is a constant visual reminder that you've got a lot of work to do and many things to think about, whether or not that's actually true. Removing that clutter removes a huge source of stressful stimuli.
4) It's easier to focus.
Having fewer things to think about allows you to focus on the ones that are important, meaning you can focus a lot more easily.
5) It's good for the environment.
Less consumption means less waste.
They're some of the reasons that being minimalist still appeals to me. How about you?