What is Minimalism?
The idea of minimalism is not to own fewer things but to unburden our lives so we can accomplish more.
Minimalism is not about abandoning the world, it is not about not owning stuff nor is it about living with no materialistic good. Minimalism is about having your priorities sorted and knowing what is absolutely essential in life and what is not. A minimalist clearly knows the things he needs to comfortably live his life and what are the additional things causing just chaos.
At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we value most and the removal of everything that causes a distraction. It is a life that promotes intentionality and forces improvements in almost all aspects of our lives.
For me, minimalism is a gateway to freedom.
Freedom from worry, from being overwhelmed. Freedom from guilt, depression, and the compulsive need to feel accomplished by acquiring more belongings.
Minimalism can be custom designed to your needs
Having a clean and sorted house is the first step to having a clean and sorted life.
After having a long and stressful day, all one wants is to come back to a peaceful and welcoming environment, not a place filled with things that makes you feel crowded. Your home should be the most peaceful place for you in the whole wide world, it should be a reflection of who you are and not what you buy or own. This is where minimalism comes into play, as a tool to rid oneself of excess and focus on what is truly important, things that define our happiness and freedom.
We all want to be happy, but what sets the Minimalists apart is that they search for happiness not through things, but through life itself. They don’t just get rid of extra things but they also make the best use of everything they have without buying any more stuff to get the job done.
Minimalism is the smart thing to do. It is about having that luxurious experience without spending every single penny on it. It is about knowing your needs and finding the most cost-effective way of fulfilling them.
Today’s saving is tomorrow’s income
When you do not spend fortunes on collecting junk, you save your hard earned money for things that are really important or save a fund for something when you really need it.
When you go through your stuff and start decluttering your life, you never know what you might stumble upon, your much adored old dress that was lost in the crowd of your newly purchased might get a new life. You never know which book you might end up going through again and what lesson it might teach you. You are smart and everything you purchased must have served the purpose at the given time. But times have changed and these things have lost importance. They are no longer useful to you and you are being cruel putting those beautiful possessions in the dark corners of your closet. Your precious belongings deserve to see the light of day and deserve to be loved by someone.
So take a deep breath and with hope in your heart give away those things that you never use. Give them to someone who might really need it. You know what they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. So, do it, part your way with the extra and make some room for your thoughts and experiences.
So, let’s get started!
To make your work a little simpler, here is a list of the useless things I know you have, actually we all do, but can never bring ourselves to part ways with them. Brace yourself and be totally honest while going through the list. Also feel free to add to your list, because just like your clothes this list should be tailor-made to fit you well. Here is a list of things you can declutter right now
Cd s and DVDs you do not use now
Socks without match
Food storage container without the lid
Dried markers and pens
Old receipts and expired coupons
Important- expired medication
Worn out jewelry
Expired food products
Dried nail paint and makeup
Delete junk emails and unsubscribe from stores and brands
Delete songs and apps you no longer listen to and use
Unneeded takeout menus(if you need, take a pic and save in a separate folder)
However, The one thing that needs the most decluttering and organization is your mind. Your mind is your most powerful asset, so do not overindulge with products; keep it free and keep it breathing so that you can have space for creativity, innovation, and invention.
You don’t need it all
Above, I listed the generic stuff that you need to get rid of, now let’s talk particular. It is a constant struggle among us regarding the need and want. You think you need those 15 pairs of shoes but that is not the case. In reality, you do not need all 15 but you want all 15. Having these things can give you temporary happiness and contentment. But in the long run, you are never going to use all these enough and will end up feeling frustrated and guilty that you spent so much money on things you are not even using.
You spent fortunes buying those designer stilettoes or those ultra-chic leather shoes, but you do not wear them ever. This can lead you feeling bad about your decisions and less of yourself. These shoes take up so much space, your house looks cluttered and scattered( I am pretty sure you do not want that!). Likewise, you love reading books and have bought hundreds of books over years, but now they have grown too big for your small rented apartment, what can you do about them? Donate them to some NGO helping kids or just sell them online to cover the expense of future books. And even when you move to a new city, you buy all this furniture and items that are not necessary and often burn a hole in your pocket.
Minimalism is a lifestyle that gives you the freedom to design your life.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not against owning stuff but owning too much stuff serving no purpose is sheer stupidity. The concept of minimalism is what is making the urban life a little more sorted and clean. With the advancement in technology and design sphere, there are many new options to explore and keep life organized and minimalist.
The new age interior and furniture designers have come up with more than one ways to use things and get the fullest out of it. Many of us have heard of the couch that transforms into a makeshift bed or a table that can change according to the need. But none of us ever cared for them partly because they never seemed affordable or because we already have too many furniture pieces back home. But you live in a home that you built, it is on you furnish your own house to your own taste. And when you can get these fancy furniture at affordable rates that perfectly complement your style and elegance, I say go for it.
Well, I realize that I practically asked you to get rid of many many things, and it can seem overwhelming and not a financially smart thing to do. But trust me, by losing the redundant you are making space, a space that need not be filled immediately but a space that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable.
So, before leaving I am going to give you a mantra.
“I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little”.
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