Not hidden in corners

Clutter hidden in corners feels emotionally heavy. It takes space in my mind using my capacity even I don’t actively think of it. I just know it’s there. Letting go makes me more energetic. It lifts my spirit and I can feel how the stagnant energy previously stored in unnecessary, unwanted items is suddenly free for me to use as I like. It doesn’t have to be unwanted stuff. Sometimes we don’t value things enough. I’m still amazed how big an effect it had to move our books from upstairs corners to our downstairs living room. We used to have…

Paris love

There’s been an unintentional break in my blogging, sorry about that. I was busy accomplishing things at home and did three lovely trips to Paris. Now I’m in such a good mood after all that, my heart feels light and happy. My original thought was to keep this blog focused on traveling but the truth is I don’t have time to update it during my trips, it’s easier to do it afterwards. My library project is almost finished and having my books near me all the time is an absolute joy! This was one of the best ideas ever. I…

Botanical thoughts

I found these flowery cards in Taormina, Sicily two years ago. I visited Sicily twice that summer, first with my family for two weeks and later to see a concert in Taormina for two days. I had planned buying a tarot deck to use as a writing tool (by picking a card, thinking about the symbol or theme in the card and doing a small writing exercise around it) so I visited a small card shop. I knew nothing about tarot and chose these flower cards just for their pretty botanical illustrations. Even the box says “flower tarot” these are not…

Labels

I never intentionally labeled myself as a minimalist, I’ve always thought I’m just someone who wants to have less and loves simplicity. I named my blog Helsinki Minimalism simply because it’s a nice, compact name and sounds good in my ears. I still like it. I don’t mind being called a minimalist though. For me it means only positive things like knowing what’s essential in life and moving from the situation where we have so much and still not enough to another one where we have less but still everything we need and want. I read this post from Leo Babauta…

Positive cycle

I don’t believe in having only sunny, happy days. I think it’s natural to have also melancholic feelings and it’s natural to let those feelings show. For me it feels fake to pretend they don’t exist. Maybe I see it this way because I live in a Nordic country so I’m used to seeing how darkness and nature during long winters can affect human mind. However, for things to go smoothly it’s important we work for our moods and maintain a good, positive energy level in our everyday life. The state where things happen like we had hoped for and…

Minimalism and teenagers

The most common question people have lately asked me is how to manage to live a minimalistic life with a family and especially with teenage children, something generally seen if not totally impossible at least a big challenge. I understand where the assumption comes from but in my experience it’s not true at all and there’s a natural explanation for it. When people of my generation (today’s parents) were young things were not as easily available as they are for today’s teenagers. We developed a mysterious glory around stuff and dreamed how it will magically change our lives if we…

What minimalism is about?

Minimalism is trendy. I haven’t updated my old minimalism blog (in Finnish) in ages yet surprisingly it has plenty of visitors and people keep asking me for more information. What does minimalism mean to you? Is it mostly about minimalistic esthetics? Isn’t it just another way to make money and sell people things that fit in their new, minimalistic lifestyle? Isn’t it elitist to give away some stuff you might need in the future and trust you can easily buy a new item to replace the one you gave away in case you need it? I’ve given this issue some thought…

Making home cosy without adding clutter

Whether an uncluttered room feels bare or cosy is a matter of personal taste. I’ve always seen empty space as a stunning element and enjoyed it. However, sometimes (like in March/April when Helsinki is still gray and there are no signs of spring yet) I feel I’m craving for colors and this year have regularly filled our living room with fresh flowers. Seasonal flowers are an easy, inexpensive way to add color especially if mostly using white and neutral colors. According to decorating magazines decorating means basically buying new stuff and filling the space with clutter. Sometimes maybe first clearing out the…

Minimalism & collections

Being a minimalist and aiming to have less doesn’t mean we can’t have any kind of collections. The most important thing is not to let anything we own to stop us doing things we really want to do and find important or other ways limit us. Personally I love being surrounded by books. I’ve always loved books and as a child spent a lot of time in libraries. My husband is similar that way and when our sons were younger our life was the easier the more we read to them and it became a natural habit. It was never hard…