What is minimalism? You might think of someone who lives in a tiny house or sprinter van. Or maybe you think of a hipster sitting in an empty room with nothing but a mug of coffee. Certainly, many minimalists do live their lives that way, but there is a wide range of minimalism, from those examples to normal everyday people who are done chasing more stuff.
There are no minimalism rules or standards that have to be followed. You don’t have to sell everything you own as quickly as possible. Minimalism is a journey to enter into. Some dive in quickly and some take their time. What minimalism offers is a chance to break out of a cycle of striving for more – a cycle that leaves many feeling empty in the end.
One of my favorite blogs, theminimalists.com, has a beautiful definition of minimalism in their blog titled ‘Minimalism: An Elevator Pitch.’ Here’s what they say: “Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.”
As I’ve said, minimalism looks different for each individual, but let me give you an example from my life. I used to have a lot of clothes. I had all different colors, shapes, sizes, etc. I had plenty of clothes that didn’t fit anymore, but I had too many to keep track of which ones fit and which didn’t. I would spend ten plus minutes each day considering what combination of clothes I should wear. At one point I even started picking out my clothes the evening before so that I didn’t have to wake up so early for my daily wardrobe ritual. It all stressed me out on a daily basis. For whatever reason I had anxiety because of my clothes. Now I own two pairs of jeans, eight t-shirts, two sweatshirts, one coat, and one pair of shoes. All of my clothes are black. I don’t own any clothes that I don’t like or that don’t fit me. I don’t spend any time deciding what to wear everyday. I have no worries or stress about my clothes – I rarely think about them.
I will talk more about my clothes in future blogs, but you can see how minimalism has served me well in this area of my life. Fewer distractions. Quality over quantity. This is the essence of minimalism. If you are interested, follow along as I dive deeper into this journey!