1. another name for minimal art
2. a type of music based on simple elements and avoiding elaboration or embellishment
3. design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect
My guess is you might have heard about minimalism by now!
It’s definitely trending.
The world minimalism has a negative connotation to many people and you might have some prejudices about it too,
As a minimalist you don’t own anything of big value.
Like a house, television, or a car.
You own as less stuff as possible and the spaces around you are almost empty.
Every ‘meaningless/aimlessly’ thing is clutter and has to be removed.
It’s impossible to be career focused or have children.
You have to sacrifice things and are not allowed to take advantage of everything
that is available in the world today.
So that might be the perception some people have, but if they (you?) took the time to find out what minimalism is about,
they might find out that it can improve their life.
”Minimalism is a state of mind, not a state of rules.”
It’s about eliminating what doesn’t serve you to make more space and time in and around you for the things that matter.
Everything you (might) think about minimalism is true and not true.
It totally depends on what you’re comfortable with.
Some people desire to live with fewer material possessions and in that case this ‘lifestyle’ will definitely lend a hand.
Minimalism is a tool for us to become free.
Free of everything we want to hold onto for certain reasons.
It allows us to declutter our mind by decluttering our surroundings.
To stop focusing on material possessions and start focusing on living life,
without this consumer culture we’ve build around us over the past centuries.
How much time do we put in buying, maintaining, watching, fixing, cleaning?
Instead of LIVING each moment to it’s fullest potential.
So much precious time is lost in all those many little actions which we called into our lives ourselves.
It’s our culture, we’re born into this way of living and just go with it.
It’s hard to see behind this so-called material trap until we realize it doesn’t bring true happiness.
Fulfillment. Growth. Passion. Freedom..
All of this doesn’t mean you can’t own make-up. Or nice clothes, a car, have children or own a house.
You don’t have to get rid of your bed and sleep on a mattress on the ground (unless you really want that).
What it does is it brings awareness to how much meaning your stuff has to you.
How much you rely on it and if your state of mind depends on the stuff you own or.. can’t own.
We always tend to want stuff we don’t or can’t have and that brings unhappiness, a feeling of not being complete
or not having the ability to fully be/express yourself.
In the process of minimalizing you’ll see how your stuff doesn’t define you, never has and never will be.
Some benefits you might experience when living a minimalist life:
1. More space to move and breath
In and outside yourself!
2. More energy
Less stuff to worry and think about and more space to move and breath equals more energy!
It’s a light and fresh feeling.
3. More focus
Because you have less of what doesn’t serve you and more space in your mind.
4. More money
Obvious I guess! You’re only buying, using and doing what will serve you(your partner, your family) so that will save money.
Maybe down sizing the house, your car, groceries, kids toys.. you name it.
5. More time
Yes! There’s less time spend on maintaining, fixing, watching, cleaning, replacing, buying etc. which leaves you with more
time left to spend on things that matter to you. Yoga maybe? Meditation? Drinking a cup of tea with friends?
Without thinking about all these other little things that ‘has to be done’.
Minimalism means you have more of what YOU truly need instead of what society thinks you need.
Anyone interested in minimizing/decluttering tips?
I’m still on this journey myself, but I’ve already been through some stages. Conscious and unconscious!