There's no doubt that getting rid of the excess in your life has its benefits: more space, more clarity, more confidence that the things you own actually serve a purpose.
It also feels good to call yourself a minimalist. It's like being a vegan in 2001; it's a little bit mysterious. You feel pretty cool telling everyone about your new lifestyle choice, and people seem genuinely curious.
I get it. It's exciting.
But I think in all our excitement, we've forgotten to address the ugly side of minimalism—the side that makes your life (and the lives of those around you) just a little more difficult. This tongue-and-cheek checklist will help you assess if you or your partner has taken minimalism too far: