Thoughts on Minimalism

Minimalism seems to be one of the latest buzzwords. There are documentaries and books coming out explaining trying to convince you to join the bandwagon. There are more blogs than you have time to read and YouTube videos that you have time to watch where people talk about the lifestyle. Some of these minimalists in the media are great. The Minimalists first caught my attention on minimalism with their documentary Minimalism (2015). They seem to be genuine people who just want to help people improve their lives.

Then there’s others who are doing it for the wrong reasons. These people seem to using minimalism as another way to build their egos. Having less stuff makes them feel superior in the same way that having lots of things does. There’s an article on the Guardian all about this. There’s also people who see it as a competition. Who can live with the least amount of clothes in their closet or in the tiniest house? When you let your ego get in the way, minimalism is going to have the opposite of the desired affect.

Now I’ll finally explain what minimalism is. My take is that it’s more of a way of thinking, than a lifestyle. You only choose to own things that bring value into your life. What this entails depends on the person. For some, it means, slimming down their wardrobe to only dependable basics instead of keeping things that are in “fashion.” For others, it might mean purging all the extra knick-knacks they’ve kept around the house, whether it was kept for its association with a memory or person or to have “just in case.” There are no set rules for minimalism. It’s what you make of it.

Here’s what I think is the most important takeaway on minimalism: now matter how much you own, material things won’t bring you true happiness.

So the real question is if you decide to become a minimalist, what happens? How do you benefit? First and foremost, your space won’t be cluttered with things you don’t really need. You’ll also be able to focus on what really matters–your relationships, life experience, personal well-being. The desire for more stuff won’t be there to distract you.

I have to admit that I was one of the zombie-like teenagers that got sucked in to fast fashion. I went to stores like Forever 21, which makes you believe you can only wear clothes for one season (and really that’s all you could wear them for since they were so cheap) and made you want to keep up with the “hottest trends.”

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Forever 21 store in Minneapolis’s Mall of America which has multiple levels! This was a beautiful sight to my 15-year-old self, but now…not so much.

Now, I’ve grown up a bit, and stores like those don’t allure me anymore. I’m happy wearing what I have, and when I do need clothes, I’d rather have quality over quantity.

Being the tree-hugger that I am, I’ve also got to mention the environmental toll caused by our ridiculous consumerism. If the entire world lived like America, we would need four earth’s worth of land! (source) Not only is minimalism, good for your well-being, it’s also good for our planet.

Now I’ll end this by saying that I’m no expert on minimalism and I’m just getting started on my minimalistic journey. But ever since I learned about it, it’s been on my mind and I think that reducing our emotional attachment to “things” can greatly help bring fulfillment in our lives.

If you like what you see follow me to learn more about minimalism as I grow as a minimalist. Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your day.

Best,

Angie

 

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