As I began my minimalist lifestyle Journey last year (2016), I thought I would share a nugget of what is about, in as concise a manner as possible.
My favorite definition of minimalism comes from Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, on the site, ‘The Minimalists’, here is what it states:
‘Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.’
Some Benefits of Minimalism:
'The World is full of material things, but real living happens in the space between all of our stuff'- Patrick Allan. ‘You can be owned by stuff. ’
Just to name a few, and please check out this site for more info. http://www.becomingminimalist.com/what-is-minimalism/
- Sense of liberation.
- Freeing your space helps you to plan and think more clearly... Almost as true as ' freeing your mind ‘!
- More Productive Time
- Help out others with low priced used items whilst gaining extra income ~ garage sales and similar events.
- Donate to Thrift Stores, or simply donate to the homeless, Salvation Army etc.
- Choices in attire become less confusing,
- Laundry and electricity bills can easily be reduced.
Some Simple Steps to achieving a minimalist’s Lifestyle:
- Dispose of unwanted, worn items in poor condition, these will be taking up physical and mental space and not serving any useful purpose.
- Go through each room and bag ALL items not used in the past 6 months or more, included here are unappreciated items which bring you no joy. This step may well be the highest hurdle to overcome yet.
- Once this hurdle (above) has been overcome, categorize accordingly – Donate, sell etc.
- Repeat every 6-8 months.
There are numerous ways to approach this lifestyle. First and of utmost importance is to recognise NEEDS vs. WANTS; separate the two, and rid self of unnecessary wants. Keep the ' needs', and overtime reduce to a bare minimum your 'wants' . Never acquire a ' need ' or ' want ', until an existing need or want is discarded with good reason.
Having more space ensures you have only what you need.
Less is more holds true in the pursuit of minimalism.
Those whom have found themselves successful at achieving a minimalist lifestyle have done so in various ways with varying goals and varying results. For eg. A person traveling much and living out of a suitcase, will have different wants and needs from the person living in a home and having a job in their hometown per se. Additionally, this process is a) An ongoing one and b)' Actual State of Satisfaction ' may take years to accomplish.
More thinking space is made and what one may consider ' room to grow/expand '~ in many other areas/aspects of life : self development, introspection, connection with the Holy Spirit. And more. . .
In an era of busyness, tight deadlines, increased expectations, significant home and family demands, and other responsibilities, whilst seeking to carve out recreational time, having at the least, one aspect of your life less demanding is more than a charm.
Aside from the above, many persons concerned about the environment who make dietary changes (veganism ), as well as adopt green living(recycling, thrifting etc). tend to recognize the importance of minimalism as part and parcel of ' simple ', user friendly living. . . This lends to simplicity in thinking, actions, everyday activity planning etc. By default in most cases.
From the words of Milbourn and Nicodemus: ‘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.’
So set yourself free and start TODAY!