Minimal – [adjective] – (1) constituting a minimum. (2) barely adequate or the least possible.
Simple – [adjective] – (1) easy to understand, deal with, use, etc. (2) not elaborate or artificial; plain. (3) not ornate or luxurious; unadorned. (4) unaffected; unassuming; modest. (5) not complicated.
Frugal – [adjective] – (1) economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful. (2) entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty.
Minimal. Simple. Frugal. Three different adjectives with a common theme – less. Less accumulation of things. Less complicated/elaborate. Less expenditures. Yet, each word causes a separate emotional response.
Minimal – Stark, cell-like, bare, boring.
Simple – Easy, doable, uncluttered, peaceful.
Frugal – Miserly, cheap, second-hand, Scrooge-like.
Even though I am undertaking a journey toward minimalism – as I define it, I am consciously choosing to use the word simple, or simplify. It is less threatening and sounds easier to do. Plus, I know my husband and my mom will more likely get on board if I am simplifying my kitchen, living room, bathroom, garage, etc., rather than minimizing.
So, simple it is.