Minimalism has been around for centuries, you can see traces of it in many different types of religion ranging from Buddhism to Christianity. They denounced worldly possessions in search of spiritual focus or wisdom, living only with what they truly needed.
When the Industrial age came upon us it brought with it consumerism and what we know as keeping up with the joneses. In the late 1960’s came the minimalist movement in the visual arts and music scene. Which brings us to what today we see as a minimalist. A person who has changed his or her lifestyle, living with less and within their means. Some see it as a fad, but to others it is a way of living that has allowed them to grow and flourish because they are not tied down to their possessions.
Living your life intentionally, getting rid of possessions that we no longer use or require too much of our time, energy or focus, giving us more time to build lasting relationships. Minimalism can even help a person mentally, financially and spiritually. Minimalism is living with what makes you happy.
Minimalism is not a contest to see who can live with the least amount of stuff, it is not living with a certain number of things in order to be a true minimalist and it surely doesn’t mean that you have to give everything away, you do not have to live with white walls with a chair, table and a small plant in your living room, I don’t know about you but I like having nice furniture to sit on and enjoy conversations with friends.
Minimalism isn’t for everyone, and there are many levels to minimalism. Hard core minimalists may not see me as a true minimalist since I have way more things than they do. I have pared down many aspects of my life from clothes to books etc. but there are some things in my life like the things that bring enjoyment to my life like Camping, hiking etc. that I will never minimalize. This summer I bought a van and converted it to a little stealth camper (if you have not seen the posts on it you can see them by clicking on this link https://www.levelsofminimalism.com/120-day-healthy-living-exchange/our-minivan-camper-buildout-part-1), and probably have more items in there then I need, Shelly likes to do crafts like sewing, quilting and card making. She has gotten rid of lots of the things she wasn’t using, and we have made her a room just for her to use for her hobbies. Shelly says that she is now stable (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy) with the items she uses for her hobbies.
I see the whole idea behind minimalism as way to keep things simple, not having to worry about looking after things that really don’t bring any joy to my life. If you have something that you are not sure if you should get rid of it, think to yourself does it bring me joy? is it something that I will use in the near future? or is it easily replaceable? If the answer is no to the first 2 and yes to the last one then maybe it’s time to get rid of it. (Ladies please don’t be thinking of your spouse for those questions). You can take our poll that was in our blog post What Type of Minimalist Am I? by clicking on this link. https://www.levelsofminimalism.com/120-day-healthy-living-exchange/minimalism-what-type-of-minimalist-am-i
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