What is minimalism?
Some people may think of minimalism and picture a sparse house with a very modern white and black decor or a wardrobe full of monochrome clothes. Sure, this would describe minimalism in design, but we are not talking about design. We are talking about a lifestyle. What is a minimalist lifestyle?
My answer is: It will differ between each person.
We all have different lives, different values. What minimalism is to one person may look very different to another.
Some minimalist count all their items, others may count only certain items like their wardrobe (that’s me!), and still others may count none of their items. Some minimalist rid their houses of TV’s, Internet, and other modern technology; others may simply limit their use of these things. Some move into tiny homes, while others just downsize.
You see what I’m getting at? Minimalism is a lifestyle that depends on each individual, their circumstances in life, and where they are currently at on this journey. But to me, what it really comes down to is, minimalism is about eliminating what doesn’t add value to your life. It’s not about following a specific set of rules; keep this don’t keep that. No, it’s about deciding the life you want to live, and then eliminating what doesn’t fit in with that life.
Minimalism is a journey, not a destination. I don’t think we ever get to a point where we say, “Ah ha! I am finally here! I am a perfect minimalist!” Our lives are every changing. There are things that are constantly coming in and out of our lives that we have to evaluate and decide, does this add value to my life?
For me, I value having quality time with my family, getting outdoors and enjoying nature. I value reading and educating myself, sewing my own wardrobe, and eating a diet that consists of real food. I value a clutter-free clean home, having less stress, and not being in debt or a slave to my job.
Trust me I am still working on getting my life in line with my values. It’s a work in progress. So I am constantly searching for what I can eliminate from my life that doesn’t add to, or may even take away from, what I truly value; whether it be physical things or even habits.
And that is what minimalism means to me. What does minimalism mean to you?