As a society we are incredibly materialistic and have created a lot of misconceptions about minimalism.
I’ve done quite a bit of research on it and I’ve seen people say that to be a minimalist you have to own under 100 items but this is totally missing the point. Also when you google it, it comes up with the definition “deliberate lack of decoration or adornment in style and decoration”.
Instead I found a couple of other definitions that fit it much better:
The lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives – The Minimalists
Living without any unnecessary items and using your energy and money on experiences that bring you joy
I watched a documentary on Netflix called Minimalism which follows the journey of 2 guys (the minimalists) around America as they spread the message of minimalism and they go into more detail about what it really means. It really opened my eyes about everything that I have.
The main message that I took from it what that you should only bring things into your life that add value to your life. I’ve never really been one to just buy things because they’re cute, I’m not that materialistic, but I do have a lot of stuff. Like a lot. As an art/textiles student I have collected a lot of things over the years that have been piling up on my shelves. So I went through everything and basically got rid of anything, such as decorations or books and toys, that no longer brought me joy and they all went to a charity shop so that they can bring happiness to someone else.
This act of decluttering was actually very therapeutic and now when I do look at my shelves, it does make me happy.
I have a long way to go and need to go around other parts of my place but it’s a start. As someone who loves fashion I know that it will be impossible to get rid of my clothes so I may skip past that bit…
Minimalism doesn’t just apply to the material items in your home, it really applies to everything. For example, relationships. You should spend your time and energy around those who bring value to your life and make you happy. As cheesy as it sounds it really is about quality over quantity! I’m not saying you should just completely cut people out of your life but just spend more of your time with those who make you smile and less with those who don’t.
Additionally this applies to your career as well because why do a job that doesn’t make you happy? Go out and find your dream job.
I think a lot of people go out and shop because they’re bored or they’re down and I know how this feels, but it never actually makes me feel that much better. Most of that stuff will most likely sit there unused. You should really put thought into every purchase that you make and ask yourself, does it add value to your life?
Look around your space now and evaluate why you have most of the things you have and see if you can declutter your space and your mind at the same time! Minimalism isn’t about having as few items as possible, it’s just about just having the necessities. It’s such a personal thing because everyone has very different circumstances and some people need more things than others.
This also ties well into sustainability because we are such a wasteful society because we are so materialistic!!! We don’t need all of this stuff and I will be ranting about this in a whole other post so just you wait for that.
Here’s a link to a blog post by Reese Regan about Why Everyone Should Practice Minimalism
Here’s a link to the Minimalists website where there is so much more useful information, and I would highly recommend that documentary they made!
What is your opinion on minimalism? Is it something you would try?