What is Minimalism and Can You Achieve It?

Can you learn to live a minimalist lifestyle? Do you know what that means?

At its most basic, minimalism is a lifestyle where you seek to live only with things that you need. This is opposed to living a life surrounded by objects that you simply wish to own. If you look around, you will notice that people, with time, become more and more materialistic. Every day there’s a new phone or a new fashion trend that people seem to be running after and feeding themselves with more materialistic ownership. 

Minimalism keeps a person content with the little that they already have, as this is all that they need. The fewer possession that a person has around them, the more time they have to focus on other important aspects of life that make life worth living. It makes a person grounded and aware of the world’s finite resources. You spend less money, too. When you live with fewer objects and distractions, you have the power to decide where to direct your time and energy. You get into the habit of collecting memories and experiences, instead of collecting replaceable items to fill a meaningless void.

And now, coming to the second question, how can you achieve minimalism? Living a minimalist life is only hard for those who don’t want to live it for themselves but just for the sake of praise and good reputation. People who live a minimalist lifestyle are not doing so for any other reason than that it helps them to be happier and a better person, in contrast to a world of materialistic people. 

Curious about how you can live a more minimalist life? Follow these tips and suggestions that will help you to achieve minimalism. 

  • Write down what minimalism means for you and how you could go about achieving it. Take inventory of your living space, wardrobe, and other places that you are looking to reduce clutter and unnecessary things.
  • If you haven’t used anything in the last year that is in your house, it’s time to donate it. 
  • Organize and sort items that you use based on their uses. If something doesn’t have a place, perhaps you don’t really need it. 
  • Declutter your space and minimize storage areas. The more space you have, the more likely you are to fill it.
  • Divide your things into things you have because you want them and things you own because you need them.
  • Learn to budget and only buy what you need. For people that struggle with impulse buying, consider unsubscribing from coupon websites, sales promotions, and other marketing subscriptions. When you go to the store, make sure you go with a specific purpose – don’t browse. If there is something you think you might need, go home and sleep a few nights and then reconsider if you still need it. 
  • Downsize your living situation. You might have a lot of stuff because you have a big house or apartment.

For people who grew up in a society and around people that place importance on material goods, new clothing, beauty products, electronics, and other things that don’t truly provide happiness, switching to a minimalist lifestyle can be a huge relief.