When people hear the word minimalism or minimalist living, they tend to think of stark white walls and white furniture and not being able to own anything. An empty all white room. However, unless that’s what makes you happy, then that isn’t what it’s about. Minimalism isn’t about making yourself miserable, after all. It’s about bringing more joy into your life!
When it comes down to it, what it means will be different for everyone. The main point is to declutter your home and your life and only keep things around that bring you joy. That is going to be something different for everyone.
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Do you have to get rid of everything you own?
No! While a big part of it is removing things from your life and reducing clutter, the focus isn’t on how much you get rid of. The goal is to only get rid of things that don’t bring value or joy to your life. Think about what minimalism means to you and what it can give you. Focus on what you want to get out of it. More time? More space? What about more peace or freedom? There is no contest on who can get rid of the most. There is no set rule saying you can only own a certain number of things. Just remember to be intentional with what you own. Keep what adds value to your life and get rid of the rest. Everyone’s vision of this will be different. We are all unique! This vision will be personal to YOU.
Collections and hobbies take up too much space.
Minimalism isn’t about depriving yourself of stuff that makes you happy. Afterall, that would pretty much defeat the purpose right? It’s more about getting rid of things you don’t use to make room for those you do. The key to this is moderation. Do you really need all 10 of those collections? Do they ALL make you super happy and bring value to your life? Once again, this means being intentional with what you keep. Try to pick 1 or 2 that you genuinely love and use.
For hobbies that require supplies, organize them into their own space. Only keep the supplies you will actually use & need. Stockpiling supplies you’ll never use just because they were a great deal and you may find a use for them someday, only creates more clutter. Be intentional about the supplies you keep. This is a big one for me. I had way too much craft supplies for stuff that I may make one day. Tons of fabric that I still haven’t used after a few years. Being intentional with what I kept reduced my clutter down from a large closet to a small organizer.
Minimalism isn’t living a restrictive lifestyle!
This isn’t meant to make your life harder. Like I said, you don’t have to get rid of everything. If it is a convenience that you use every day and you love, then keep it! Get rid of my instant pot? Yeah, that’s a big NO from me! I love how it makes for fewer dishes for me after dinner and how great it works. It is something I use every other day, if not every day. My large electric skillet? Yeah, bye bye. I use it maybe once a month. And usually just for pancakes. In the end, it wasn’t making my life any better just by having it. It was just taking up precious kitchen space. Remember, minimalism is different for everyone. You don’t have to live without every convenience in life. There are no set rules.
Frugal lifestyle and Minimalist lifestyle aren’t the same things.
While they are different, they do overlap a bit. Being frugal is more spending less and looking for opportunities and areas in life to save money for the sole purpose of being able to live on one income, build up a savings account for a big purchase, or pay off all debt. The primary goal in a frugal lifestyle is to save money. Minimalism isn’t about saving money in that way.
Minimalism is spending less and saving money by being intentional about what you buy. The end goal is to spend your money on stuff or experiences that will make you happy and that you love. It’s about living with less, so you have more time and space for the things that matter the most in your life. Some people may turn towards minimalism in an effort to be more frugal and find the benefits it has in their lives.
Minimalism will declutter your home and your head!
For me, minimalism has been great for decluttering my home and reducing stress in my life. Giving me a clearer head and more time for self-care! What I crave is a simple, less stressful lifestyle. For us, that means selling almost everything we own and downsizing into a travel trailer for full-time RV living. That is something I get crazy excited about and happy with each step towards our goal that we make. Minimalism isn’t the same for everyone, you don’t have to downsize like I am. It’s about what makes you genuinely happy and freeing up time for the things you love.
Have you tried working towards a minimalist lifestyle? What makes you more interested in minimalism?