The list of issues that arise from living with a non minimalist is endless. They continue to buy multiple of items that they already have. They want to keep everything ‘just in case.’ The closet may be overflowing with their clothes meanwhile you take up one drawer. I understand it can be extremely frustrating. I am a minimalist and my boyfriend is the opposite. I own 2 pairs of tennis shoes and one pair of flats for work. Meanwhile here is some of my boyfriends shoe collection.
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So trust when I say, I understand. So how do you make it easier to live with a person who doesn’t seem to mind the clutter when it is driving you crazy? The first thing is too try and make them understand. They might never be a minimalist they might not even see the point in getting rid of possessions but giving them a chance to understand where you are coming from might make things a little bit easier.
Designate area’s to their crap. With the shoe example I hate looking at boxes and boxes of shoes no matter if they are organized in a neat stack they are still there taking up space. So in this case we designated a certain area to the shoes. How does this make it easier? I expect it, it becomes part of the room. Yes it still drives me crazy but having all the shoe boxes in one designated space instead of spread every where helps me to accept the fact that they aren’t going anywhere.
Be An Example. Don’t try to convert your roommate/spouse/family members to minimalism but maybe by living your minimalist life you can be a inspiration to them.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that you have to accept that you are sharing a space with someone. They might think minimalism is stupid and that is fine you can only focus on your own stuff and realize that you can not let their clutter come between you.