Tuesday, March 27, 2012

simplicity vs. minimalism

Are they the same thing? Which of these titles do you prefer? Perhaps it's best not to ponder that question too much, or risk defeating the purpose of both words. Ah, yes, it's a paradox. Or is it a conundrum?

As I've begun to define my parenting philosophy over the years, I have vacillated between the two terms. A quick search on Pinterest demonstrates there IS a subtle difference between the two.

Simplicity can get you this...




Not what I call simple.


Or this...

Source: zeezoey.com via Deb on Pinterest


Um. What?

Or even this...


                                                 Source: simplicity.com via fyrefairee on Pinterest



Wow. That is so not simple.

Whereas minimalism can get you this...


Source: fubiz.net via Howie on Pinterest




Ohhhkaaaayyy.

Or this...





That, my friends, is what you call a clock. When you are in crazytown.

Last but not least is my favorite in the recent streak of minimalist posters:


                                             Source: piccsy.com via Jorge on Pinterest



So you see, both seem to connote clean and uncluttered, but simplicity can still include lots of color. Or, wait, minimalism can include color too. SIGH.

My reason for asking is that a friend and I are thinking of hosting a bimonthly blog carnival on Simplicity/Minimalist Parenting. If you don't already know, a blog carnival (or linky party, round-up, or blog hop) is when a blogger or website hosts a place where others can go to post their articles that are within that carnival's scope. While there are plenty of link parties focused on crafts, recipes, and DIY projects, we haven't seen many specific to simple parenting. I am really excited to see what kinds of posts our readers will share.

We hope to have it ready to go sometime in April. But first, we have to work out the details like what to call it and what day to host it. The two most obvious choices seem to be Minimalist Monday and Simplicity Saturday. If you're not a blogger, this question may be extraordinarily boring (is that an oxymoron?); if so, I promise to be back tomorrow with more of the exciting happenings, via a semi-wordless photo post. But if you do have a thought on the name and day of the week for our blog carnival, will you weigh in by commenting?

Thanks lovelies! You're the best.
xoxo
~J

6 comments:

Emily Sefcik said...

I just posted this to Facebook to see if we can get some more suggestions. You know how I am about titles and such. Ugh. Not my forte. I'm still trying though : )

The Lone Home Ranger said...

Great! Maybe you'll get more responses than the tumbleweeds blowing by this post.

Elise Davis said...

So fun. I often wonder what the key to parenting is. There seems to be some core key elements, but I haven't ever tried to simplify those thoughts. Love the idea. Loved the pinterest photos!

Alice said...

I love the idea of contrasting simplicity and minimalism- but of course, from my perspective all parenting seems incredibly complicated so I can't really weigh in on that. I am drawn to thinking of something like a washing machine (and I don't have one) as representing the difference. A small washing machine doesn't use a massive amount of energy or water and throwing clothes in it and coming back an hour later and taking them out clean in certainly more simple than scrubbing them on a washboard but not having a machine is clearly minimalist. I guess minimalism can be complicated in the name of principle but I'm not sure simplicity can. I'm not sure this adds anything, but it's a very interesting conversation.

The Lone Home Ranger said...

Thanks Elise. It is hard to define the core parenting elements in any succinct manner. Sometimes I think less analysis is better, but I'm finding the minimalist approach to be the one that makes the most sense for us. I removed half the toys that make their own noises and am giving my kids more opportunities for simple sensory play, like sand, dirt, and water. And they love it! (but what a mess!)

The Lone Home Ranger said...

Good point! I love the washing machine analogy.

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