What is minimalism, and is it right for you? It really depends on you, are you tired of the mindless consumerism? Are you afraid your house could be on Hoarders? Do you just have too much stuff and not enough freedom to enjoy what really matters in your life? Then, minimalism could be for you, now lets see what the experts on minimalism have to say.
According to Loving Simple Living a minimalist is:
- An intentional person
- A driven and focused person
- They are materially unattached
- They love quality
- They are centered on priorities
- They Question Society
“It starts in the mind and is driven by intangibles.”
According to Becoming Minimalist a minimalist is:
A minimalist is someone who intentionally tries to live with only what they really need. They are intentional in that they promote what they value while removing the things that they do not. Minimalism is freedom from tireless consumerism and freedom to value relationships, experiences, and care for the soul. They are free from the modern hysteria to live in a hurry. It is the simple life to be free from the sway of advertising, the freedom to enjoy more time with your loved ones. This is achievable and it is simply removing external clutter to free the heart.
According to The Minimalists a minimalist is:
Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important that you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. You don’t have to adhere to a strict code or arbitrary set of rules, just eliminate what is unnecessary. We give too much meaning to our stuff and not enough on our health, relationships, passions, personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. While there is nothing wrong with material possessions; it’s just that we place too much importance on them. Minimalists take different approaches but it is just about making your choices more consciously, more deliberately, and allowing you to find freedom.
According to Wikipedia minimalism is referred to as Simply Living and is:
Simple living encompasses a number of voluntary practices to simplify one’s lifestyle. These may include reducing one’s possessions which is generally referred to as minimalism. Adherents may choose simple living for a variety of reasons, such as spirituality, health, personal taste, frugality, or reducing personal ecological footprints and stress. Henry David Thoreau advocated a simple life in his book Walden which details his two year experiment while living simply on Walden Pond. In the UK they hold an awareness campaign, National Downshifting Week to encourage living positively with less.
Is minimalism for you? Do you want more freedom, happiness, and better health? If you work at it minimalism it can give that to you. But it is up to you to decide if you are ready to make small changes over time to make it happen. Whether or not you choose minimalism, choose happiness.