Defining Minimalism and Minimal Living

June 28, 2016

Defining Minimalism and Minimal Living

Minimalism is a process, a learning experience, and a way of living that is more conscious and self-aware. Simply put, minimalism is: identifying what is essential or important and eliminating everything else; it’s about identifying what we value the most, reducing clutter and “noise” in our environment and our heads, and simplifying our lives so we can be happier living with less - less stuff that gets in the way of doing what we really want to do and fewer things that make us unhappy.

There are no rules to abide by for minimal living, how you choose to “live with less” - sustainably, environmentally conscious, naturally, frugally - it’s about finding what works for you in the boundaries of eliminating what you don’t need. It’s not about owning a specific number of items or living in a sparse home void of personality; our lives should be full of memories and stories, that can include people as well as objects. There is nothing wrong with owning meaningful stuff, it’s the pointless clutter that minimal living teaches us to eliminate. Material possessions aren’t inherently bad, it’s how we feel about and treat them that’s the problem. Minimalism allows us the freedom from consumer culture - a culture that encourages us to spend, spend, spend, and always strive for more even when we don’t need it.

Minimalism teaches us how to rid our lives from the excesses of consumerism and material possessions that turn into clutter, and places importance on happiness, self-care, and fulfilment. It restores meaning to our lives through a focus on joy and value.

Defining Minimalism and Minimal Living

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