On her home: “If I had more time, [my apartment] would be cleaner, less books on the table. For me, it’s a bit messy. People say, ‘Are you just coming to this apartment?’ No, I’ve been living here for fifteen years! One time, a burglar came to my apartment, so we called the police. My son was here, so I think they left before they tried to steal something. So the police come to the apartment and they say, ‘Oh my god, did they steal everything?’ I was like, ‘No, it was like that!’”
This happened to me! I got burgled a few years ago, three police-people obligingly turned up & stood there shaking their head saying stuff like “wow, they really cleaned you out” and “oh my god, this is really unusual, they’ve taken everything.” So i had to admit it was basically always like that and that the thieves only took an iPod & a laptop. Mars in Virgo here – minimalist to the max. Hands up if you unclutter for leisure.
Having said that, there are some Virgos who horde & it could just as easily be a minimalist Taurus – yes, a highly Zen Taurus. I loved this advice from the Taurean trainer Michelle Bridges over the weekend: “Do yourself a favour and remove temptations from your home. “Go and get your wheelie bin from outside. Bring it into the kitchen. Open the pantry, fridge and freezer. Now, start chucking. Throw out every bit of crap food that’s holding you back.”
Yes, every trainer/nutritionist says to bin the bogan food but her suggestion of bringing the outside bin indoors says to me ‘seasoned unclutterer.’
And then i got out-minimalized last week when talking to a beautiful Libran Yoga-Diva – she had to move house and i expressed empathy at the task ahead of her. Libra Yoga-Diva tossed her mane back and said airily, “it will take me 45 minutes, tops. If i can’t ever pack in under that time, i start lightening the load.” The trick? One knife/fork/spoon/bowl/plate per person, a wok, some big wooden things to toss food together with, one big bowl. Voila – the kitchen.
So i totally aspire to this dimension of minimalism; major respect. Where are you at with it?