Modern culture tricked the people to believe in the lie that good life means possessing as much as possible. They believe that “more is better” and that happiness can be purchased at a department store.
It’s in part a connected to the rise of a thing named – conspicuous consumption which means that spending more money on and acquiring luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power of the income or of the accumulated wealth of the buyer.
This idea is spotted by 19th-century economist Thorstein Veblen, and how things are changed after that – packed malls made for one-click shopping, things became cheaper to make, advertisers spent millions to sell them and all this pushed all of us in one direction – to buy more and more stuff.
“Simplicity, Clarity, and Singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art.” – Richard Holloway.
What Is Minimalism?
When you hear the word minimalism you may think of art, architecture, fashion… But minimalism is a lifestyle. Minimalism is basically living with only the things you really need and supporting their purpose. It means focusing more on things that matter the most, and removing any distraction of excess of possessions. It means simply living and letting go of stuff. The idea of simple living is old for thousands of years.
According to minimalists, by removing things from your life
that they don’t add value and bring joy, you can experience a lot of benefits –
better financial security, reduce
stress, it can help to clarify our passions, and allow for more quality time for
ourselves, family and friends. And only one who decides what is worth keeping
in your life is you. When people think about minimalism, they naturally think
that it’s going to the extreme, and getting rid of everything you own, but it’s not
true. But in fact, all minimalists live different lives, some of them have
kids, full-time careers, or working for themselves.
If we don’t make decisions about what to keep and hold on everything, we will all end up with sheds, storage lockers and basements packed with stuff. Although the key is not to take it too far, if you get rid of this that you truly enjoy, then you are doing it wrong. You shouldn’t make yourself suffer. Minimalism is not depriving your life of things you love and enjoy. Word minimalism often scare people, but it’s just living a more meaningful life and thinking differently about your values.
Once you decide to start a simple lifestyle like this,
prepare yourself to have a bit of hard times. When you start decluttering those
things that you know you won’t use, you will realize how much money you spent
on them. You will understand that it seems more justified to keep it because you
got used to having them.
Minimalism doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing approach. It doesn’t mean that you should remove all excess stuff from all living areas, in some areas you should live with less, and in other areas, you will live with a little bit more. Find a place for everything that gives you sparkles of joy, keep it simple and organized. Think about all the unnecessary extra things you have, which take up a lot of space, a lot of energy and a lot of money as well.
By giving something up in our life whether it’s bad habits, stuff, something which didn’t work and etc. we are always gaining something else. So it could be gaining time, energy, new experiences, and making new habits. Minimalism means that you are constantly and continuously editing your life, simplifying it making it easier.