"Are you a minimalist?"
That is a question I am often asked when people find out that I am a professional organizer.
The most famous idea behind minimalism is that possessions weigh people down, and prevent them from doing the things they really want to do. That people get so bound up in their stuff - buying it, maintaining it, re-selling it - that it sucks the fun out of life.
Okay, you might guess that I agree with that, and I do. However, this idea can quickly get distorted and stop being helpful.
It's easy to turn this helpful idea into a strict belief system that implies that stuff is "bad." People start having a lot of shame around it. They make lists of how many possessions they own to prove how little space they can take up. This doesn't necessarily make them any more open to life - they're still fixated on their stuff.