Minimalism – an approach to life that preaches “less is more”.
“Why can’t I have what that person has?” “Why do I feel like I always need more?” Oh wait, that’s right – I’m killing my own joy with the mind games I play. It’s called comparison. We tend to measure success by how much we have compared to our peers. Money, large homes, fancy cars, and other material possessions. For some people, these are what define their worth, and it’s quite an unfortunate reality. So many of us believe that the more we have, the happier we will be.
Then came Minimalism to change all that – Minimalism has been gaining momentum for over a decade and there’s no end in sight. But, minimalism can mean different things to different people.
“Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom,” say Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. Two minimalists who have helped over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. They say it’s a “Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. From guilt. From depression. Freedom from the trappings of consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.”
So, what is minimalism?
Perhaps it’s best to start with what minimalism isn’t. It isn’t the notion that you shouldn’t get that newest iPhone that everyone is lining up on the streets for. Or that you can’t keep your cherished grandmother’s collection of teacups you fought your cousin over. Minimalism isn’t about restricting us from things, it’s about being mindful of what we own and how much we own. This blog, Simple Lionheart Life, helps shed some light on the topic by giving us the following falsehoods:
☓ Minimalism only works for young, single people
☓ Minimalism is about getting rid of everything you own
☓ You can’t be a minimalist if you have kids
☓ Minimalism is restrictive and makes life harder
☓ Minimalism only applies to your stuff
Let’s not believe any of the fabricated truth about minimalism, or any half-assed uninformed explanation on this topic.
Minimalism can be life-changing
Many renowned people we all know of practice it daily. Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg avoid decision fatigue through a minimal wardrobe. Not worrying about what color shirt to pick makes it one less decision to make, and frees us to deal with what really matters. In reality, the beauty of minimalism is that it applies to all parts of our lives. Not just our wardrobe and other possessions, but to our emotional and even financial well-being. Minimalizing is accepting a new approach to every facet of life that you wish to allow this ‘zen-like’ lifestyle into.
As a minimalist, there is less to clean, less to worry about, and less to pay for. We can focus on what is truly important in our lives and not so much on what we can own. With fewer tangibles and more focus on these “importants,” we are allowing for a natural shift towards holistic satisfaction. Clutter never made anyone happy, and ultimately, it’s the simplicity that can lead to a more peaceful lifestyle.
Think it’s easier said than done?
Well, it’s never meant to be an easy overnight shift of lifestyle. If you’re thinking, “oh, I need to throw everything away now!” and being daunted by the prospect of ‘life-after’, then you can breathe. Start in smaller chunks and work your way around to different areas bringing change in a progressive way. Take a look at the clothes you haven’t worn in a year and start by donating those first, and then go from there.
In a give-back mood?
Today’s app-age has made things hella easier! Services such as givebackbox.com let you reuse your online shopping boxes or any other cardboard box you may have laying around, so you can donate your unwanted household items. This is a great way to offload gently used clothing, shoes etc., and make a major a difference in the life of another.
Still not convinced? Watch The True Cost on Netflix.
Minimalism, consequently, has the ability to change your life. In a world where everything needs to be bigger and better, it’s quite easy to get caught up in the details and stuff in our lives. So, are you ready to jump on board the minimalist cruise ship? Let us know how your journey goes!