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.

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