If you have been thinking about minimalism as a life style change, but have not yet taken the plunge, I would like to encourage you to stop procrastinating, jump off the fence and give it a try. If you decide that it's not for you then no real harm has been done, other than cleaning out some junk and clutter. Fence sitting may be a safe, but it certainly isn't productive. You can never realise any real change in life if you continue to err on the side of caution.
Before you begin have a read of this and other blogs, formulate your own definition of minimalism and evaluate it's worth in light of your own personal or family situation. Remember, there is no point doing something if your heart is not in it. Minimalism requires intentional steps towards your goal, change won't happen of it's own accord. If you maintain your current status quo, sure you wont be risking anything but nothing will change either. Actually, now that I have read that sentence back it's not really correct. If your current status quo is a slow decline into the mire of consumerism then doing nothing will ensure you continue in that negative unproductive direction, things will continue to get worse not better. Doing nothing may well be just as bad as doing the wrong "something" as the eventual result will be further chaos in your life.
Remember doing nothing is the same as changing nothing, doing nothing is not a cure to your current situation. You will need to take steps to see change, if you take the wrong steps you may not see the results you want but at least you have tried something and learned from the mistake. Aussies are very good at the term "she'll be right mate" and tend to wait till things are a crisis point before acting. Minimalism is a proactive approach towards the alleviation of many of life's stresses, don't be afraid to give it a try. At the very least examine the concept and see if you can formulate a definition that suits your current needs.
If I can be of any help at all feel free to post questions here or email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org