Get rid of the excess and focus on what is truly important
''Minimalism is not about deprivation, it's about aligning your short-term actions with your long-term values.''
What is Minimalism?
According to Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist:
''Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a life that forces intentionality. And as a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life''
Our world lives at a feverish pace. We are too hurried, too rushed, and too stressed. We work long, passionate hours to pay the bills, but fall deeper into debt. We rush from one activity to another—even multitasking along the way—but never seem to get everything done. We remain in constant connection with others through our cell phones, but true life-changing relationships continue to elude us.
Minimalism slows down life and frees us from this modern hysteria to live faster. It finds freedom to disengage. It seeks to keep only the essentials. It seeks to remove the frivolous and keep the significant. And in doing so, it values the intentional endeavours that add value to life.
Living with less can give you more
Modern culture has bought into the lie that the good life is found in accumulating things—in possessing as much as possible. They believe that more is better and have inadvertently subscribed to the idea that happiness can be purchased at a department store.
But they are wrong. Minimalism brings freedom from the all-consuming passion to possess. It steps off the treadmill of consumerism and dares to seek happiness elsewhere. It values relationships, experiences, and soul-care. And in doing so, it finds life.
Benefits of Minimalism:
Spend Less - Choosing to accumulate only the essential often results in financial freedom.
Less Stress - A minimalist home is significantly less stressful.
Easier to Clean - The fewer things in our home, the easier they are to clean.
More Freedom - The sense of freedom that comes from minimalism is truly refreshing.
Good for the Environment - The less we consume, the less damage we do to the environment.
Be more productive - Our possessions consume our time more than we realise.
Support other causes - Money is only as valuable as what we choose to spend it on.
Own higher quality things - More is not better… better is better.
Less work for someone else - Create a less stressful life today and lessen the burden on someone else too.
Do work you love - Own less stuff. Choose work you love.
Time for things that matter most - The more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you.
Not tied to the past - Release the past to create a better tomorrow.
Less places for your heart - Invest your heart into meaningful things.
More opportunity for rest - Take a deep breath.
Becoming a Minimalist
Minimalism is prioritising the things we most value and removing anything that distracts us from them. Be mindful about the things you own, the things you buy, and how you spend your time. Live a lifestyle that values experiences over possessions and remember, Spend less, stress less; Owning only the essentials often results in financial freedom, and having less ‘things’ will make your life and home significantly less stressful.
Keen to learn more? Check out theminimalists.com, who have helped raise awareness to millions with their documentary 'Minimalism' on Netflix. You can also find out more on how to become a minimalist from Joshua Becker at becomingminimalist.com.