Virgo Vibe: Adventures In Minimalism

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Carine Roitfeld - Virgo Minimalist

Carine Roitfeld – Virgo Minimalist

This is Carine Roitfeld, a Virgo Of Fashion and an avid minimalist, talking about her apartment to NY Mag.

On her home: “If I had more time, [my apartment] would be cleaner, fewer 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 am not a Solar Virgo but Mars in Virgo in the 8th House is plenty Minimalist enough. 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 “ 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.  Hands up if you can relate?

Virgo Vibe Minimalists Prefer Their Abode To Look “Just Burgled’ or ‘Recently Moved In’

Even when not recently burgled, i am often asked if i am “waiting for some more stuff to arrive” or I have things in storage. No and no!

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 favor 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? Are you an avid minimalist? And if so, what is your astrological signature?

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krissy
krissy

Wow, it’s interesting that you posted this! I am going through a de-clutter process. What? I’m a Virgo, so clutter isn’t allowed in the house!

Ok, it’s not clutter but it’s stuff I don’t use much anymore (rollerblades, jackets, clothes 2 sizes too big…). I wonder if it has anything to do with the recent Scorpio new moon??

berry
berry

Oh, I am a Virgo but my moon is in Kataka so it’s like a clash of the Titans 🙁 When I have to move out I throw out a ton of things and feel so liberated but as soon as I move in the new place I need to get a ton of new things because it doesn’t scream “ME”. So I guess I am buying trinkets when I need to feed my moon but when I am feeling fine I throw them away to feed my need for minimalism 🙂 But I have noticed that my Virgo traits… Read more »

venusrules
venusrules

This Scorpio sun/Taurus rising is really over minimalism (and if she were as Virgoan-perfectionistic in her grammar, she’d say fewer books, not less books). I much prefer the attitude of artist Nick Cave, as reported in Sunday’s NY Times design magazine: “His sanctum is a triple-height space with two bedrooms, a professionally equipped kitchen and a living area where three distinct seating arrangements suggest the private club car of a train. That allows just enough room to accommodate the paintings, vintage furniture and objects he collects with nearly the same devotion he has toward his own art. “I’ve made decisions… Read more »

Leo Princess
Leo Princess

Clutter makes me feel uneasy and unhappy. I grew up in a very untidy and disorganised environment, which didn’t suit me at all. As much as I dislike mess, I never learnt to be habitually tidy and have struggled with domestic tidiness most of my life. Recently I realised that I am now on top of it and am actually quite good at de-cluttering. The secret for me has been, “Do To Completion” which means I don’t leave the room until it is completely tidy.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think for me to live uncluttered minimalistic would be to have one home with all my stuff and collections and another with nothing in it but the bare essentials. Then when I feel overwhelmed I would go stay at the clutter free house, lol. I always admired people who could live like that. I, a taurus started to collect antique jewellery and knick knacks at 30 and amassed quite a bit of stuff now at 40, hmmm…I never thought I would collect old stuff. When my sister moved out she never took her hoard of stuff to set up… Read more »

Aries Virgo Rising
Aries Virgo Rising

Today i found a blog about a nomadic traveler who only brings whatever fits in his backpack. His total number of items: 25. He calls it practical minimalism. This i could go for. Less stuff = less stress… http://raamdev.com/2010/lifestyle-of-a-minimalist-digital-nomad

scorpessence
scorpessence

I have been in an ‘acquiring’ phase for the last few years– acquiring extra undies, socks, toiletries etc. Now I am not chucking them all away but I’m consciously USING them, working my way through all those facial masks, bath gels, deliberately wearing ALL my stuff so the old stuff gets worn out and can be chucked. Hope this counts as uncluttering!!

Leo Princess
Leo Princess

I agree that you are uncluttering. By using the items, they are by definition no longer clutter. I think of clutter as extra stuff you don’t use, don’t need or don’t have a home for.

watery libran
watery libran

After having to deal with the contents of my brother’s unit after he died – it was a 90 square metre unit with about 150 square metres of stuff in it – I am over clutter and stuff FOR EVER! It was all very lovely stuff – he studied architecture and design and earned very good money – but you know what, after you go it’s all just stuff that someone else has to deal with. Never again. If you don’t use it/wear it in a year, or less, out it goes.
Virgo Rising Cancer Moon.

andromeda
andromeda

Mars in Virgo here also. I am afraid I am letting the Team down MM! I still have small kids so there are toys and baby clothes filling the cupboards, boxes of papers, audio parts that should be in the garage (that we don’t possess) and clothes I am heading towards fitting into or will go to my niece. I notice as people get past the kiddy years there is a natural shedding of things that occurs. All extraneous items and objects that require excessive maintenance are thrown to the wind. Hopefully I will be able to become a minimalist… Read more »

lioness
lioness

At the moment I have not one clear spot on any surface. Oh wait, there is the two inches between my laptop and table edge….

Tamberlaine
Tamberlaine

OMG I’ve just had an amazing aha moment. Thanks to Mystic and all of you here I realise why I have been feeling suffocated in my new shared house. THE CLUTTER. Both flatemates are crap leaving clutter hoarders. CLUTTER BE GONE. Or else I will be. And there is such great potential here. Huge windows,it’s a warehouse space, wooden floors…

Kat
Kat

I’ve got Mars in Taurus, and when I think about it, my cleaning style is exactly what you’d expect. I enjoy not having any clutter, and being rather minimalist- clutter and mess stress me out. But I hate cleaning. Hate hate hate. So I binge clean- I’ll let the mess pile up until I can’t stand it, then spend an entire weekend cleaning my apartment from top to bottom, with very little resting or relaxing until it’s all done. And when it’s done, I’ll go back to the couch until the mess “appears” again 😛

Anonymous
Anonymous

Have Uranus-Pluto conjunct in Virgo (gem Sun, Aq rising) and had two major bouts of uncluttering this year which involved chucking out stuff from previous career – very refreshing.

Also: wardrobe editing seasonally is highly recommended.

Quadrupled
Quadrupled

Only feline diva is allowed to clutter the house – her toys, boxes, her little hideaways are out in the living room. Other than that, the rule is Zen minimalism – if something is in, something else is out. I inspect the house routinely to see if anything is in excessive quantity.

Perhaps it is related to Saturn – Venus aspects; I have Saturn Venus conjunction in 2nd house.

Electric Eel Libran
Electric Eel Libran

I always aspire to keep uncluttered. I love the minimalist theme! Venus in Virgo and Mars in Libra. Scorp Moon. I dig looking at modern minimalist magazines. I have an actual decluttering schedule I keep to. I love throwing out un-useful stuff. I would be thrilled to read what Mystic thinks the astrology of people who hoard are like. I know 2 super-bad hoarders: One is Gem with Toro Stellium and the other is an Aqua with lot of Leo. When I say bad hoarders I mean….their houses are a fire/mold/living hazard. Are there astrological placements that make it worse?

hiddendragonqueen
hiddendragonqueen

oh that gem/toro would be me. i hoard in spurts- food for the end of civilization, things possibly useful on sale, garage sale pretties… when i moved i left it almost all behind and felt really good- clear, clean. then the crazy alchie hoarder virgo auntie came to visit and EVERY SINGLE SURFACE is now full of her stuff. argh!!!!

Electric Eel Libran
Electric Eel Libran

Fascinating! So you have a Virgo Asc too? She has one and I always associate Virgo Asc with wanting to decorate shelves with too many knick-knacks. Because Arian co-worker with Virgo Asc likes to put crap all over her shelves. It looks like a thrift market threw up in there. :3

hiddendragonqueen
hiddendragonqueen

nah, i’m gem rising. blaming it on toro venus/moon. i like texture, layers, opulence, color, warmth. actually, maybe the earth mixed with a mercurial sense of speaking to/through stuff? i have a total love/hate relationship with virgos… maybe we are actually quite similar. hmmm, interesting. the virgo auntie has gem moon, scorp rising. her hoarding is actually out of a sense of helpfulness- she thinks of herself as a distributer of goods (which of course stay with her for months or years before finding their proper home…).

hiddendragonqueen
hiddendragonqueen

actually, actually, actually… blergh! sorry!

Chrysalis
Chrysalis

The manic declutter I’ve been on for a while now is the closest thing to a spiritual experience I’ve had in years. It is totes helping w clarity and getting in the now, and making my space fit with my intent. I can highly recommend getting brave about anything you think you can’t live without. Ho hum. Getting drunk on my own tonight. Classy huh? Hello Neptune. Had an officious email from some drone at uni going on about my delay in completion. Because obvs, I needed it pointed out to me. Veiled threats in case I’m too dumb to… Read more »

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

Had a dream last night that I was feng shui consultant-interior designer. I was rearranging furniture and recommending colors. The client’s den was particularly challenging and I was chanting to myself, “Look at it a different way, look at it a different way…” Then bam: the answer came to me.

I am not a minimalist, and I’m not at the other pole, either: I’m nicely balanced inbetween extremes.

My greatest love + force + connection is on her way. I hope I do not disappoint.

willowwolf
willowwolf

In my pre-marital years I could pack it all into a back-pack & walk out & yes that included 7 years of being a single parent. OK except my books – they would be boxed & put in my mothers loft/attic & maybe a binbag full of items I just couldn’t quite let go yet. Now…………well it took several years for me to unpack, that always ready to go feeling took a long time to leave. I’ve always been a ‘just-in’ case person and having itchy feet always overrode my need to horde……………..Not anymore 🙁 Though this past year has… Read more »

scorpiorising
scorpiorising

Books are my addictions. i collect old first editions etc..hardbound my true love. i have a lot of paperbacks that I hide in a trunk. Trying to make the switch to kindle for newer books.
Absolutely love minialism otherwise.

casey
casey

minimalism ftw!!.
all my music and movies are on a hard drive.
all my books are on my kindle.
i only ever travel with carry-on luggage.
all the “stuff” i have (except clothes) fits in 2x 85L storage containers.
i just cleaned out my wardrobe of half of my clothes that i never wore.
feels great!

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

Astro, please?

Anonymous
Anonymous

pisces, virgo rising.

casey
casey

pisces, virgo rising.

Electric Eel Libran
Electric Eel Libran

Shit! You win! I can’t get past not having an actual DVD or CD physically in my possession.

Also I love your icon!

Pi
Pi

Impulsive as I am, I read the first sentence then decided to comment, reading no further. I LOVE Carine Roitfeld interviews / profiles as much as I am repelled by the same for the US Vogue editor whose name has slipped my mind atm. Also, fuq minimalism. Lastly, and yes I have been for a swim in the cranky pond in case you were wondering, is anyone else other than me getting a bit sick of those “home beautiful” spreads where someone crows about their dolled-up abode and talks about their cat collection / voyage around Sri Lanka by sea… Read more »

Pi
Pi

PS. My sister just advised that I am not supposed to swallow the water when I take a dip in the cranky pond. Noted.

Pis-kee-an
Pis-kee-an

I’ve finally started decluttering in past few weeks …. and I got me a whizz-bang shredder – I feel *SO* much lighter …. nothing can stop me now 🙂

Fire Fish
Fire Fish

Too funny! I just happened to pop over into the vault and read Artemis Absinthe!! The name caught my attention as I called my house in Ireland Artemis House cause over there in this tiny village I lived in you just give your house a name and magically the post man knows where you are cause other wise its like three bridges past the old Dingles place…. any hoo I thought it was interesting as we are talking about cleansing and clearing and the other thing in that post was Mugwort which is the herb I use all day in… Read more »

virgolicious
virgolicious

Oh my goodness yes. What’s happening up there? I am decluttering like a maniac. Old furniture – gone (or earmarked for immediate departure), art fenged, papers culled, linen audited, photos culled (that was brutal, and I am still having processing dreams about the people in them that I have finally let go). Wardrobe is next and I have a strong visual of what it will look like when I’m done. A surprising finding from my decluttering adventure is that I have become more efficient with more space to move. More visual space = more mental space = more clarity. I… Read more »

Fire Fish
Fire Fish

Have always loved loved loved having a big ol chuck out. Quite alot of moving overseas and back again in the last 15 years so plenty of opportunities to literally wipe the slate and start from scratch!!! Last three years have seen lots of shedding. My first place on my own in 09 was a tiny cute little 2 bed place and my ‘dining table’ was a wicker chest that doubled as hoover storage hilarious! I’ve only just bought a bed after 2 years with a mattress on the floor. Always textures cushions art candles and owls though 🙂 I’m… Read more »

Allyxan
Allyxan

I declutter and rearrange on a regular basis, i find it cathartic, it helps me think clearly. I also collect as I’m a texture lover and maker of jewellery and sculpture so it comes in and goes out. Ive recently purchased an old shop counter with many drawers to neatly organise what is currently in, before it goes out…Im a Pisces, moon in Scorpio, Pisces rising, i don’t think that equals lover of declutter however i grew up with an aesthetic Virgoan Mother who cleaned for sanity, we called her Hygiene Lilly. It was said that if you went to… Read more »

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

As long as she didn’t sell it!

I’m Pisces sun, too, but i need space, clean space. Ritual arrangement, which gets changed.

Though i have ‘things’ with attachment invested i don’t display them all, maybe choose certain ones, or none.

Forgot about a recleansing arrangement the other day and thought someone had broken in when i returned home…what was against that blank wall? Made myself laugh.

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

Mystic once commented that declutter sacred rearrangement is Piscean. That was nice to hear.

And i think i get attached also to some texture, some colour or form for a bit, like you, though i’m not an artist (more’s the pity).

Anonymous
Anonymous

I am addicted to ridding myself of everything unused or uncherished … unfortunately I am prosperity bound so things attract to me like I was a large magnet !
Cap sun so my shedding is very organised… and if a belonging registers zero emotional or practical connection … its history … literally ..Been drastically shedding for over a year now …. Friends with an Aqua hoarder so its a good arrangement 🙂

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

What makes you say you’re prosperity bound? And is this material thing possession, or linked to personal success in some endeavour, say creative? Curious, me.

juno
juno

Impressive. I can only aspire to such fashionista minimalism. Meanwhile decluttering the fridge of a bottle of peach blossom and brioche flavour notes, I have been astrobating the Oracle and appreciating the results. Tres hilarious.

juno
juno

Should get my own Mars in Virgo opposite Vesta in 4th on and dedicate this weekend to a proper domestic declutter and let this Mars square Neptune thang evaporate.

mitra
mitra

I do love the look of her apartment. it’s exquisitely styled. There’s a fair bit going on though: lots of flowers, books, photos, candle, rugs and art work on the floor. It’s got enormous rooms, which makes it look spacious despite the objects. The yogini would take a lot longer than 45 mins to pack up just the living room. I don’t like this idea of packing up a house in 45 mins. The yogini sounds like she is aspiring more to non-attachment. And that’s a fine choice for some people, but if you can pack up in 45 mins… Read more »

LibranJ
LibranJ

I think Michelle B is Libran

rosa
rosa

Mars in Virgo too but have always been a massive hoarder – want to change though, starting to. Love minimalist design.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Now… This is me all the time. I’d really love to know what drives it? I’m a Taurus with Gemini ascending, Leo moon; über minimalist yet homely. Interior designer by trade and gifted declutterer.

muddy taurus
muddy taurus

Also a Taurus with Gem asc and will toss anything out if I don’t have some sort of emotional attach to it. If it’s been in my closet for a year and I haven’t worn it, it’s gone to charity. Like cozy but not cluttered.

quintile
quintile

oh if ONLY! I find it very hard to declutter – its pretty ordered and well stored, but I would love to have LESS of it!

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