Data: How Minimalist are You?

Okay, so things have been a little crazy (see big life changes here) and we sat on this data viz for a few weeks. We are back and jumping back on the data viz train! choo-choo.

In anticipation of our move from suburbia to the busy city, Lynsey has become fascinated by the concept of minimalism. If you’re interested in learning more about this lifestyle concept, our audience suggested these titles: Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. In short, the process is that you declutter by only keeping the things that add value (or joy) to your life. We have been sorting through all of the material goods we have stored over the past five years. We’re finding ourselves asking the same question Emily Gilmore posed in the revival of the Gilmore Girls (yea, I am a Gilmore Guy)…DOES IT BRING ME JOY?

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In February, we got curious about your tendencies related to minimalism. A quick survey did the trick. We were excited to have 91 responses, our highest response rate yet. On the survey, we asked how you felt about giving up/trashing/donating a variety of items. We were surprised at just how minimalist you are! Here are the results.

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The data viz represents the proportion of responses to each of the five items related to the each response on the scale. Each bar represents 100%. The axis has been set in the middle (a rating of 5) and spans out in either direction from there. We sorted the items so that they fall in ascending order with the items our respondents had the hardest time letting go of at the top. Here is Lynsey describing the results…

As a whole, people struggle with deleting photos and donating kids clothing. Conversely, our respondents had no issue giving up their own clothes, home goods, and books. Lynsey and I struggle with letting go of books, so we were surprised to see your response.

So what do you think of the whole minimalism thing? Is there value in the mindset or is it just a way for marketers to get you to buy another Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34-Ounce, Black after you convince yourself to toss your old one?

Tell us what you think in the comments bellow!

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