What is Minimalism?
Let’s start with the basics. Society suggests that we need to own more and do more to “be happy and fulfilled”. However, when you take a close look at the bare minimum of what you actually need, you see that it is a far cry from what you have been lead to believe.
While minimalism involves ridding yourself of some extra baggage and doing more with less, it is so much more. Minimalism is not only a way of life, it’s a way of being. It’s about adopting a philosophy that promotes rich life experiences and memories rather than living for the next hot gadget or trying to keep up with the neighbour’s thing-oriented lifestyle.
Minimalism is truly about making happiness a top priority by getting rid of the excesses including things, behaviours, and thoughts so you can focus on whatever enriches your life.
What Minimalism is Not
When you hear the word minimalism, do you think of living in a log cabin without electricity and living off the land? If so, you are not alone. Minimalism is not necessarily about giving up everything you own, sitting crossed-legged in a field of daisies, and eating berries off the bush. Many minimalists have fine homes, cars, careers, and families that they adore.
Minimalism isn’t an irresponsible lifestyle. People who have a minimalistic outlook just choose to keep things simple to cut out the excessive, unfulfilling responsibilities. This allows the focus to be placed on the things that matter most. That applies to attitudes, actions, and materials.
Minimalism is not about being a martyr or complacent. It’s not about giving up things for attention or just saying you’re happy when you aren’t. Neither is it about depriving yourself of important things.
Does Your Stuff Own You
Do you own your house or does our house own you? Stop and think for a moment. Do you find yourself constantly trying to find a place to store things in the garage, the attic, and the basement? If so, you are not alone. When you own too much stuff, the stuff begins to take over your life. While it’s nice to get a few “hot” items occasionally, it’s important to be able to distinguish between wants and needs. It is also essential to identify and prioritise what is most important in prioritise
The less you own, the less you have to take care of and the less you are responsible for doing. Rather than buying an elliptical, go for a walk, even during the winter months. The cold air can do wonders for you after being cooped up indoors. You don’t necessarily need a bulky piece of exercise equipment to get healthy.
Do you find yourself buying new seasonal items before reducing the previous season’s clutter? This may apply to you if you don’t give away or figure out where to put the unsuitable Christmas gifts you received before you’re out buying gardening supplies.
It happens to all of us. The rituals of the current season take control and you feel you are “supposed to be” doing certain things. The result is that you feel overwhelmed and out of control. There are too many things to organise, clean, or maintain and not enough time for rest, relaxation, and time with family. It’s a never-ending to-do list.