Hi, I’m Marco Laberge and I’m from Ottawa, Canada. I first discovered minimalism in 2014 during my last year of high school and I was immediately fascinated by the concept. After reading extensively about this lifestyle, I decided that I would embark on my own journey into minimalism. However, I prefer to not call myself a minimalist. I don’t think we should try to define or label people with one word. I’ve always been more of a believer in the idea of the multifaceted human being. (However, for the sake of the blog, I will go ahead and use the term freely and even refer to myself as a minimalist just to make things easier.) If you had to place me on the minimalist spectrum, I’d probably be on the moderate side. I don’t have much stuff because I am still pretty young and haven’t had the time or the money to accumulate large amounts of things. Nevertheless, I still have some things in some of my drawers that I don’t use very often but that I keep anyway. I keep them because I want to and because they are little things. Having only 50 things in your home will not make you happier than the person who has 400 things. Sometimes, I can even be a bit messy and I am definitely not one who cares much for the sleek minimialist decor or aesthetic that is currently in vogue. Decluttering isn’t really my specialty either. I’ve never had to declutter much because as I mentioned, I’ve never had loads of things. Therefore, I you won’t find many posts about decluttering on this blog. The process of getting rid of stuff seems pretty logical to me and I think it is something you can figure out on your own without the help of some step-by-step process that you may find on some other blogs or magazines.
There are a myriad of benefits that come with minimalism. Freedom from the grasp of societal norms, peace of mind, less stress, more money and more time to spend on things you are passionate about are just a few of the most common perks that go along with living this lifestyle. By sharing my insights and my own personal experiences with this lifestyle I hope to inspire you and maybe even help you lead a simpler life. However, I wish to not only promote minimalism as a lifestyle, but also encourage the development of minimalism and simplicity as notions, mindsets or values that can possibly not only improve our lives, but also the lives of others and our communities.
The blog title
If you are wondering why I named the blog “Toward Minimalism”, it is because minimalism is something that I am still “moving in the direction of”, or trying to achieve. All aspiring minimalists constantly strive to become ideal minimalists (which is great!), but no one will ever get there. Why? Because the ideal minimalist simply doesn’t exist. Plato would even say that the “idea” of minimalism is somewhere in the non-material world according to his famous theory of forms. If he were still here, he would tell us that minimalism in its perfection cannot be found because it is somewhere in this “realm of forms” that we humans have no access to. I believe that a person’s journey to minimalism is a continual one. Since there aren’t any established standards or guidelines (like having less than 150 things, for instance) that determine when one formally becomes a minimalist, all you can do is try your best to move toward this abstract notion by following your own ever-changing and unique path toward minimalism. In other words, you decide what is essential in your life and what is not. That is why minimalism is a lifestyle that can be adapted to each and every person and it can be something that you can make your own.
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