It sounds simple. Minimalism……….but people struggle with this very basic concept.
Minimalism is about decluttering your life and freeing yourself from attachment to anything and sometimes people. In broader terms:
LESS = MORE.
The less stuff you own, the easier and less stressful your life will be. Too many people make their lives more complicated than it already is by adding unnecessary distractions.
I know it’s shallow, and you shouldn’t “judge a book by its cover”, BUT you can typically learn a lot about a person just by observing the inside of their home or car. You can probably bet that if their house or car is in disarray, you can expect the same for what’s going on in their life and between their two ears.
Minimalism is more of a mindset change than anything. I’ve noticed that I’ve naturally gravitated towards minimalism, but I decided to step it up a notch and areas like my living spaces (a.k.a office area, bedroom, kitchen, etc.) needed some organization and decluttering. I decided to take you all along the journey and document what I did and how it affected my life for better or worse.
But first, where does minimalism come from?
ORIGINS OF MINIMALISM
The term minimalism is relatively new (trending in 2017 and continuing through 2018), but the idea behind it has been around for centuries.
Minimalism originates in many ancient religions but is found repeatedly in most Indian and Asian religious cultures. To name a few:
- The traditional Japanese religion of Shintoism believe in getting rid of things in order to worship “kami”, which are Shinto gods that represent different aspects of life.
- The origins of Buddhism and the story of the Buddha begins with him being a wealthy prince, then letting go of everything unnecessary to live the simplest life.
Throughout history many successful and accomplished people like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Martin Luther King, Jr. were in fact very simple individuals with very basic lives. I’m going to make a wild assumption and claim that their success had to do with their simple lifestyle habits.
So why has minimalism caught on as of recently?
- For one, people are much more mobile now, whether it be for work or leisure travel, and having less stuff is better for mobility.
- People are tied down financially, especially millennials.
- The amount of distractions around you in the 21st century is endless.
- I feel many people in today’s age, are lost and looking for a way out
WHY YOU SHOULD STRIVE FOR MINIMALISM
First off, everyone has their OWN definition of what minimalism means to them. Don’t listen to hardcore minimalists who say, “you’re not a real minimalist unless you live in a van down by the river!”. Total nonsense.
Studies have proven that people who live minimal lives tend to be better with their money. Don’t confuse this with being cheap. Minimalists will spend their money on quality that lasts, but never on quantitative materialistic items.
Minimalists typically wear the same outfits or clothes every day to work. I personally do this, and it makes life so much easier. School uniforms, even though they aren’t the most stylish options, were and still are a great idea.
Some other minimalist lifestyle hacks that I’ve incorporated into my life and recommend you do as well include:
- Eating the same, nutritious foods daily.
- Going through your clothes yearly and get rid of what you haven’t used that year.
- Wear the same few outfits to the gym and work. Have a rotation of 2-3 interchangeable clothing items.
- Delete all unused or useless apps on your phone.
So, you need help determining whether or not you should dive into minimalism. Ask yourself these four questions:
1.) Am I struggling financially and always worried about my financial situation?
2.) Am I attached to people’s opinions of myself?
3.) Am I struggling to find enough time in my life?
4.) Am I in need of positive change?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, give minimalism a try. Minimalism will force you to organize your life, then cut out what you don’t need, and I promise you, nothing but good will come out of it.
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“Organized clutter is still clutter. Get rid of it.”
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