My journey into minimalism has led me to appreciate each and every thing I own...and to rid my life of the things that have no real purpose. Thus, I find myself spending a lot of time lately considering the objects that I use in my every day life — how they each function and play a role in my day.
Here's the thing — while this may be different for everyone, I think it is possible to love and appreciate objects without living a life of clutter and excess.
Take the most obvious example; I own a product-based company. I create and sell things for others to use and love. Seems a little ironic that I have chosen to pursue minimalism in my own life.
However, every item I design, produce, launch, and sell has an intended purpose, a place in the home. And what's more, most of the items are consumable; they're tools that help you live your life more beautifully, to help infuse inspiration and productivity into your daily work.
I believe so deeply in the purpose of the things I create that this urge to bring peace and inspiration to your workspace overcomes my own personal need to rid my life of everything a product business entails — packaging, inventory, supplies, a binding machine that literally looks like a robotic monster.
Most of what I create is what I like to call "temporary beauty." An object with a purpose, and once that purpose is fulfilled, it becomes a thing once loved. Similarly, fresh flowers bring a temporary beauty to your space; even items such as books and lotions and shoes fill a temporary need, a purpose in your life for a matter of time before you either donate or sell or rid your life of that thing once its purpose has been fulfilled.