What is minimalism?
Minimalism is a complicated subject. For some people, minimalism is fitting everything they own in a backpack. For others, it’s only owning a certain number of things. I’ve mentioned on my blog several times before that I consider myself a minimalist but haven’t ever discussed what it means for me. Today, I’d like to do just that.
At first, minimalism just meant owning less. When I discovered minimalism, my room was full of useless stuff. Little figures, rocks, crystals. None of it made me happy. I wanted to pare down what I owned to things I actually liked. I still do pride myself on not owning many things which I don’t need. It makes me feel good to know that I no longer have to dread the day I need something from that drawer. In addition, I only own clothes that I feel good in and that are comfortable. Picking out an outfit is effortless now.
OWNING MY TIME
Minimalism eventually led me to start taking more control of my time. I started saying no to events I didn’t want to go to and stopped participating in activities I was doing just because I used to enjoy them. Instead, I found new interests and hobbies that I enjoyed.
BEING UPFRONT ABOUT MY WANTS AND NEEDS
In the past, if I was offered something I would take it. After discovering minimalism, I decline freebies. When a typical gift-giving season is coming, I’m upfront about my desires. Instead of taking gifts and keeping them out of guilt, I get rid of them. Even better, I tell people what I want–whether it’s socks, plants, or money towards a large purchase. If there’s nothing I really need around that time, I ask people to donate to charity instead of giving me gifts. Of course, not everyone listens to me. But I’m open about what I want now, when before I’d say I didn’t know or didn’t care.
REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF TIME I HAVE TO SPEND CLEANING
The biggest benefit for me has been reducing my cleaning time. Less stuff makes it much easier. I don’t have much to move when cleaning my counter-tops or any knick-knacks to dust. I’ve invested in a robotic vacuum so that I don’t have to vacuum every day (I have severe allergies) myself. I can enjoy a clean space without spending all my time on upkeep.
LIVING MY BEST LIFE, SURROUNDED BY THINGS AND PEOPLE I CARE FOR.
Finally, discovering minimalism has led to me improving myself. I invest more time in myself, I’m healthier, and I’m happier. Minimalism led me to cut negative people out of my life so that I’m only surrounded by people who lift me up and the people I love.
Although minimalism can mean many different things to many different people, I hope this clears up what it means for me. I think to sum it up, minimalism means taking control over my life, possessions, and time. Are you a minimalist? If so, what does minimalism mean to you?
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