Minimalism means intentionally trying to live with only the things we really need.
“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power, vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art.” —Richard Holloway
I’m not saying that you should get rid of all your things, but I am saying this is a good time to start questioning your purchases and the impact consumerism has on the planet. Minimalism might just be one of the many moving pieces towards a healthier world.
There is a reason many documentaries, podcasts, and books have been made and written all about minimalism and how it can change your life for the better. So why choose Minimalism?
For many minimalists, the philosophy is about getting rid of excess stuff and living a life based on experiences rather than possessions. You can probably see how having less stuff can also free up your life financially.
Although it may just seem like a millennial fad to most, minimalism, when practised for the right reasons, can benefit your life a great amount.
We don’t think of our physical possessions as being linked to our mental and emotional health, but the connection between these two is undeniable.
That good feeling you get when you take a load of clothes to goodwill or finally go through that junk drawer in your kitchen is backed by research. If you don’t need it, love it or use it, get rid of it.
You may think you need to have the latest and greatest style of clothes, or that brand new car or whatever luxury item to feel good about yourself. But imagine how freeing it would be to feel good about yourself without any of those things. This is an unexpected benefit of living with less. You start to feel good about yourself, not because of what you own but just because of who you are.
We purchase many items on a whim, with little consideration of need or desire. What a waste of money to buy something that you may not even particularly like. A thorough de-cluttering session teaches you to be more mindful of a purchase and analyze its importance before spending your hard-earned cash.
Surrounding yourself with items you love and displaying only the items most valuable to you will make you feel happier. You won’t have to search through lots of items that you don’t like. Favourite items won’t get lost at the back of the cupboard or the bottom of the drawer.
Owning less is an invitation that is appreciated, desired, and accepted when fully understood. By adopting minimalism we can help the planet and live our best lives.
Is being more of a minimalist something you’d try yourself?