my daughter celebrated her 3rd birthday this past weekend. princesses were everywhere – on the decorations, the paper products, the cake, and on her presents. everywhere i looked this weekend, i saw princesses… and my daughter smiling. she couldn’t get enough! every card and every gift with a princess brought a smile to her face and a cheer of “princesses!” her joy brought me joy.
looking back on the day as we were taking the new princess toys to the basement toy room, it occurred to me that one benefit of minimalism is that there is “room to add.” because we have kept our kids’ toys down to a minimum through regular sorting and purging, there is room in our basement for new princess toys. conversely, if the toy room was already stuffed full of toys, there would be no room for my daughter’s new treasures.
and this benefit relates to more than physical belongings. consider this, if our schedules are so full with no room for margin, there is no opportunity to add something new or something better (whether that be joining a gym, getting to know the neighbors, or handling a family crisis). a too-full calendar leaves no room for addition.
although adding things may seem counter-productive to one who wants to become minimalist, it is in fact, one good reason to consider it.