Minimalism is definitely a trend right now, and if you found this article, you might have already heard of it. If you haven’t, don’t worry, I’ll explain what it is in a second.
What is minimalism
I’ve recently stumbled upon the term myself while searching for images of home decor. I was particularly drawn to a photo of a very neat and almost empty wardrobe. The description read: a minimalist wardrobe. I was so curious that I clicked, I had to know more.
Basically the definition I’ve found was: “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important, so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom”. It sounded a bit like monastic life at first, but the more I dug into it, the more I fell in love with the concept.
Minimalism is basically the consequence of the desire to live a simpler lifestyle. There’s always so much stuff around us that we tend to forget what’s really important, like the relationships that we have with fellow human beings. For all of us that are drawn to minimalism, there’s a deep desire to live with purpose and intention and to get out of the materialism trap.
Is owning “things” bad?
So, the big question: is it wrong to own material possessions? No, it isn’t. Today’s problem is not the possession itself, but it’s the meaning that we assign to stuff. We tend to give it too much meaning, often forsaking our health, our relationships and our personal growth. We might say: “I won’t be happy until I have (insert thing here)”. This is the attitude that doesn’t work. We get bored of stuff, it’s normal, so how can we place our happiness upon it?
This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t own stuff, just that we don’t have to buy it to be happy. We have to find happiness within ourselves first, then we buy what we need or what can enrich us. As an example, I work with my computer and I really need a laptop to be able to work. That would add value to my life. Something that wouldn’t, would be a cute dress that I see in a shop. I have other clothes that can do the job and that are nice as well. There’s no point in wasting my money on something that I don’t need and that I would get bored of.
The great thing about minimalism is that it doesn’t forbid you to own things, but it allows you to make decisions more consciously and more deliberately, not driven by our consumerist society.
Different Types of Minimalism
We are all different, so of course, even our approaches to minimalism can be different. There’s the type of minimalist that would prefer to own as less as possible, feeling free to go backpacking the world, others like to count how many items they possess. Personally, I’m way more relaxed about it. My preference is to live with what I need or that adds value to my life.
Why Being A Minimalist
If you are not convinced yet, I’ll tell you that by incorporating minimalism into my life I’ve finally been able to find lasting happiness. I found it not through things, but through life itself. Of course, I can get sad sometimes, but I know that the solution to my problems will come, and there’s no need to buy stuff to fill a void.
At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It’s a life that forces intentionality. And as a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life.
Want To Become A Minimalist?
If you are interested in getting closer to a minimalist lifestyle, you should firstly reassess your life by thinking about what you find important. If you are interested, I’ll be publishing a step-by-step guide to help you in your journey soon; but remember, ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what is necessary and what is superfluous in your life.
Want to know more? You can find an awesome documentary on Netflix called: “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things”. Or you can watch this TED presentation on YouTube. I’ll definitely publish more articles about my journey soon so stay tuned.