What Is Minimalism?

To be a minimalist you can never buy anything ever again. You must only own one t-shirt, one pair of trousers, one set of underwear, one pair of socks and one pair of ‘I don’t give a fuck’ flip flops. You must live in an apartment, not a house and eat on the floor. You must be either a blogger, You-tuber and/or a podcaster. Last but by no means least, you must also own a high-tech espresso machine. Just kidding, but it’s surprising how many people do believe that.

There are three dictionary definitions of minimalism, the first defines it as a movement in sculpture and painting, the second as an avant-garde movement in music and the third as a deliberate lack of decoration or adornment in style or design. These definitions might be true to an extent, but the form of minimalism I’m referring to isn’t an aesthetic, it’s a way of life.

So, what is minimalism? I would define it as the constant re-evaluation of everything a person brings into their life in order to live more intentionally. It’s not about how much you own, or what you own, but it’s whether those items bring value to your life.What’s more, once you’ve begun to let go of everything in your life that is simply taking up space, you’ll find that you have more time and money to invest into your health, relationships and work.

The first time I evaluated my possessions, I found a dozen or so items that weren’t of value to me anymore and so I sorted them into groups to either be sold, donated or thrown away. I remember feeling really pleased with my efforts afterwards, even though I had only gotten rid of a few items because I had made my first step, but it wasn’t until months later that I found myself being able to let go of anything else.

I did that over and over and over again until I was left with everything that remained, a still plentiful amount of items that I used frequently, loved often, but would always be willing to give away. In my opinion, that’s the key to minimalism, re-evaluation. No one becomes a minimalist overnight, in fact I don’t think anyone ever really ‘becomes’ a minimalist, they simply choose to live more intentionally. If you enjoyed this blog post, share it with a friend!

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