On Why Minamlism is Becoming More Popular in Offices

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Minimalism in offices is gaining popularity for a number of reasons. Here are some I can think of that are quite compelling:-
  • No need to use paper in many instances now - lots of information can be shared digitally
  • More and more businesses are using shared work spaces, it's easier to set-up and go if you're a minimalist
  • there's a growing backlash against needless consumerism
  • there's also a growing popularity in "decluttering" every aspect of your life - getting off social networks, spending more time simply doing nothing (decluttering the mind), and of course literally decluttering the house
Let's look at each one a little closer.

Paperless offices
Without the need for paper, you can do away with filing cabinets, printers and you need a lot less desk space. It makes sense to go paperless if you can just to save on physical space required.

Shared work spaces and minimalism
It's possible to run a business from a lap-top these days. Many businesses don't need filing cabinets or other office furniture. They often just need a physical space to meet colleagues and clients.

A backlash against needless consumerism
There's a coalescing movement against conspicuous consumption. This is borne out of a concern as to what this kind of activity does to the planet, with a sense that in any case, there's more to life than simply filling rooms up with "stuff". Yes, "stuff" has never been cheaper thanks to globalisation, but there's a sense that we buy it, store it (and don't use it again), and then it goes into a landfill. It's pointless and damages ultimately damages the planet.

The minimalist, decluttered lifestyle
Many people want to declutter not just their home and office, but their entire lives - including their minds! It's manifesting in all kinds of ways - such as a "digital sabbath" (going offline for a day or two), "NoFi" coffee shops (no internet coffee shops), people leaving social networks, the idea that doing NOTHING is a type of meditation (the rich well where you can ultimately develop new ideas from), working from home (decluttering their TIME - less time commuting and getting from A to B) - and of course, decluttering the rooms of their property. On the last point, there's a sense of mental clarity many people feel after decluttering their home. They feel more in control, and less overwhelmed.

Of course, minamalism is going to have its critics. We live in a hyper-capitalist culture, so minimalism can be seen as a threat to the lifeblood of society. If people consume less, it will mean businesses will inevitably go bust! People will lose jobs! Yes, that may be true. However, humanity usually finds a way. If people are happier and calmer by consuming less, that can't be a bad thing, surely? We can find other things to consume, such as experiences that don't leave such a lasting footprint.

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