I recently heard on a podcast that minimalism is a mind game - that it's not about getting rid of stuff as much as it is about getting rid of distractions.
I've never heard it phrased that way before, but it clicked. I've dabbled with simplicity for years. In fact, my long-time readers will remember when this blog was called "simple productivity" - and focused as much on simplifying as it was on productivity. But minimalism? I could never get behind having 100 items in my life or 30 pieces of clothing or a single pen (a single pen? I'd get the shakes from withdrawal!)
And when you look at minimalism as a mind game to eliminate distractions, it becomes clear why no one person's minimalism will be anothers - just like productivity systems.