What does ‘minimalism’ mean?
You may have already heard this term. Maybe you are wondering what ‘minimalism’ means.
I understand. This was also a new concept for me.
Do you wonder if minimalism is for you? I hope that this post will help you out.
Minimalism will not suit everyone.
For one person this concept may be perfect. Others may say that minimalism is abstract and unclear.
There is nothing wrong with it.
Everyone is different and we should accept that.
Minimalism changed my life.
If you haven’t read my story, here it is:
From a hoarder to a minimalist. My story.
I will try to explain what minimalism is all about. Everything will be shown from my perpective. I will tell you what minimalism means to me.
This concept may look different from your point of view.
There is no such thing as one rule to describe a minimalist. That’s why this way of life appeals to me. You can adjust this concept to your life and use these principles, which suit you.
- There are no strict rules of being a minimalist.
- There are no obligations.
- There is no code of behaviour.
- There are no permitted and forbidden activities.
There is only one rule:
Live in harmony and surround yourself with things that are important for you also considering the well-being of others.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is a way of life. It involves the approach to owning things, spending free time, everyday activities and relationships with people.
It means surrounding yourself with things that bring value to your life and affect your state of mind in a positive way. It means getting rid of everything that brings you down, both stuff and emotions.
* Minimalism means eliminating everything that brings no value to your life.
- Things that are not useful for you or are, in your opinion, not beautiful enough to surround yourself with.
- Things that you don’t and won’t use because they are broken or don’t match your lifestyle.
- Clothes that you don’t and won’t wear because they are too big or too small.
- Books that you won’t reread.
And so on and so forth.
* Minimalism is the ability to let go of the attachment to things.
It is realising that things have to be used. And when we don’t longer need them, we should let go of them. It is the understanding that things don’t have feelings and emotions. We give things meanings and that is why we attach to them.
* Minimalism is not only getting rid of things but also dropping the need of buying stuff that we don’t need.
Things that you already own or won’t use.
* Minimalism is a way of life.
It means investing your time and money in things and activities that bring value to your life, that make you a better person. Things that have true meaning for you.
It means doing things that make you happy.
I know that this is not always possible. We do lots of things because we have to.
A minimalist tries to find a solution and spend this time effectively and minimize his or her involvement in these activities.
For example I don’t like cooking and spending too much time in the kitchen. I found solutions which are perfect for me and time spent in the kitchen is more pleasant for me 😉
* Minimalism also means building relationships with appropriate people.
You can’t change people around you but you can change people around you. Something to think about.
What minimalism is not?
This way of life doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of everything from your house.
The point of minimalism is not to part with things that you love and use.
It is letting go of things that you don’t need, don’t use and won’t use.
Eliminating stuff that has no value to your life.
Minimalism means different things to different people. Every minimalist is different.
One person surrounds himself or herself with books and other collects stamps.
Everyone should answer the questions: What is useful for me and what is not? What brings me joy and what brings me down? Every person will give different answers to these questions.
There is no such thing as a good minimalist and bad minimalist. There are many types of minimalists.
I have heard many times that a minimalist should not own certain things. ‘You are a minimalist and still you have this or that?’ or ‘ Owning this is not minimalistic…’
People who say these things have never heard of minimalism.
They think that a minimalist should live in a cottage with no furniture, own one shirt and don’t use a telephone.
This is not what minimalism is all about.
It is about getting rid of the abundance (for every person abundance means something different) to make room for everything that matters.
And this brings freedom.
There are many advantages of minimalism. This is the topic for a different post that I will write soon.
In my future posts I will also write how to get rid of things, how to let go of the attachment to things and what to do with things that you want to get rid of.
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