What do you think of when you hear the word minimalism? Some may picture a deprived life where you can’t own more than a few belongings. But what is minimalism? One of my favourite definitions is this:
Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution. (This quote came from theminimalists.com. You can find more of their posts here if you’re interested.)
Basically, it means that you only keep things that add value to your life. This includes things you use on a regular basis and the things you love.
I’ve been interested in minimalism for about a year now. It started when I was looking for ways to reduce the clutter in my closet and in my home. I had a lot of things sitting around that really didn’t serve a purpose and I was tired of seeing stuff everywhere. I think I started googling ‘ways to declutter’ and ‘how to organize your house’ and found all sorts of neat stuff on pinterest and youtube. I also discovered project 333 which I will probably discuss in another post. All of this lead me to minimalism. I liked the idea of being a minimalist, but the transition to becoming one can be quite daunting. However, my discovery of minimalism coincided with moving to a new apartment. So as I packed, I was able to get rid of things I hadn’t used in years. As an introvert, I really love the idea of a simple life. Both in the things around me, but also with how I use my time. Minimalism is something I’ve really embraced and its helped me simplify my life.
When I’m going through my belongings, I always ask myself one question. Does this add value to my life? If the answer is no, then I’ll either give it away, sell it, or donate it. That way it can add value to another’s life. The important thing to remember is that minimalism looks different for everyone. It doesn’t mean that you have to fit all your belongings into a backpack, or that you can’t own a car or a house. Minimalism can include a full bookshelf of meaningful stories. As long as those items add value to your life, there’s no reason you shouldn’t keep them. Minimalism is directly applied to physical things, but the idea can also be applied to relationships and people too.
The thing I love most about minimalism is that it focuses on the things in life that are truly important: relationships, people, and experiences.
What are your thoughts?