Maybe “versus” isn’t the right word. In reality, simplicity and minimalism go hand-in-hand. Many of my readers have asked about the differences between the two, so here’s a quick spotter’s guide:
Simplicity is the larger umbrella, under which minimalism lives. Simplicity is mostly in the mind. People who embrace simplicity are conscious of how their possessions, money, and time commitments affect them, and they make every effort to weed out the mental and physical clutter that weighs them down. Advocates of simplicity don’t have a problem owning/spending/doing more than absolutely necessary, but they are not enslaved to those things.
Minimalism is a subset of simplicity. Minimalists embrace only what is absolutely necessary, and are on a never-ending quest to live on less. Minimalists generally only allow the healthiest, smallest, and most functional processes and possessions into their lives.
So which are you? Do your definitions differ from these?