"The most significant problem with labels such as minimalist, living simply, voluntary simplicity or frugal living is that the categorizing itself is purely subjective.
A minimalist may eschew all possessions, or focus on a few premium pieces. Voluntary simplicity suggests that one can acquire anything he wants, but opts for a Spartan existence. Frugal lifestyles seem to imply that the subject lives “on the cheap” with everything. Living simply, too, evokes images of backwoods, back-to-the-earth survivalism.
Yet, each may describe the same lifestyle. Rather than attempting to label, it is easier to visualize the concept of selective possession, and view true minimalism as a way of filtering out the excesses."