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Are You a Minimalist or a Maximalist

The minimalist trend has swept the nation. Architects, interior designers, lifestyle bloggers, and so many more have found minimalism and ran with it. For good reason too. Eliminating excess in your life can help make room for things that are more positive like self-reflection or meaningful relationships. This often looks like simplifying your finances, decluttering your home, and practicing mindfulness to clear your mind. However, it is not a perfect fit for everyone. If you have started practicing minimalism and feel like your self-expression is limited, maximalism could be what you are looking for.
Maximalism is the response to minimalism, not the opposite. Instead of encouraging clutter and disorder, it promotes including everything in your life that brings you joy. If you are a collector and your bottle caps make you happy, put them on display. If you love a cozy living room, fill it with soft surfaces and pillows.  
Are you minimalist or maximalist? If you aren’t sure, try this flowchart from Invaluable that will help you figure out which style you relate to most. Both of these lifestyles can be very positive and once you realize which one you identify with, you can start to figure out ways to build a healthy, enriched lifestyle that supports it.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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