What is Minimalism?
Minimalism is a lifestyle with the idea that you only keep those things in your life that has great value to you. Now we all know that anything we buy or we have in our house has value. But actually, this is something we tell ourselves to feel better.
Well, take a look around you. Is every single thing you possess is something that you cannot live without?
The answer is definitely ‘No’ but we don’t want to admit it. As I am writing this blog, I admit, that I also possess a number of things that I had bought out of impulsive shopping but had never ever used it. I have been reading a lot recently about Minimalism, watched videos of the same but as I think of adapting this lifestyle, it seems to be extremely tough. Even a simple shirt that I don’t wear anymore had so much emotional importance to me that I could not put it in a donation box.
Actually, we all love to surround ourselves with so many things that we think will make us happy and also we feel that it is important for us to possess these things to live in a society where we are known by the things we possess. Surely they make us happy with that initial purchase but it won’t be long until you are looking for something else that will ‘finally make you happy.’ And the list goes on. There is not a single day when we don’t think that we have to buy this or that.
Minimalism is all about having only those things in your life that are actually necessary rather than things that you just want. And this is not only applicable on your physical belongings but on every aspect of your life. From your friends to what you choose to see on social media. Having too many things or people in your life that don’t bring you happiness is really hazardous to your health and happiness. It not clutters your house but clutters your mind too. Fewer things make it easier to make quicker choices, with less uncertainty, less guessing and of course less stress on the body.
You must have seen many successful people, like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, and Elon Musk wearing similar thing almost every day because they know just how important it is to save your decision-making ability. Our brain can make only a certain amount of decisions daily and you don’t want to spend half of it in just getting ready in the morning.
These are some of the reasons why becoming a minimalist is going to be the best choice you will ever make:
- Makes you Happier- Minimalism cut away the clutter from our lives and we start to think more about what really makes us happier than just wandering in the shopping malls and buying things.
- Living a sustainable life- The world is going through a lot these days, like global warming, pollution, non-recyclable plastic waste and this is a lifestyle that can help us as well as the whole world to live a healthy life. When you start living with a thoughtful approach, you buy things only that are going to serve you in long future.
- Saves you money– It is so obvious that if you don’t buy the things that you don’t need, you save a lot of money.
- Quality Living- Being Minimalist does not mean that you are going to live a life with bare minimum things, but you live with the things that are really important to you. And when you buy fewer things, you buy quality things.
These are just a few of them. I strongly believe that in years to come this will be the only way that humans will live because it will be the only way left for us. The world is changing rapidly before our eyes and minimalism is the way of living in the future. As I am also starting my journey, I will post things that will help both you and me to understand the concept more and lead to living a more decluttered life. If you have any suggestions or query, do comment in the comment section.