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What is Minimalism?

Minimalist living is not new and has been around for some time. However, the practice did not become mainstream until the 20th century. Minimalism also changed over time, but thanks to Marie Kondo and the advent of tiny homes, the practice is seeing a resurgence. While the meaning of minimalism varies from person to person, all usually share a common goal. Joshua and Ryan, creators of Netflix film 'The Minimalist', say that it is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess and focus on what’s important. It allows you to make decisions more consciously, more deliberately. It goes beyond just decluttering your house. It can be applied to how you spend your time, what kind of consumer you are, what you eat, your finances etc. Becoming a minimalist is an internal and external process.

What are the benefits of minimalist living:

1. Create Room for What’s Important

When we spring clean our cupboards, we lose that claustrophobic feeling. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

2. More Freedom

The accumulation of stuff ties us down. Let it go and you will experience freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

When you spend less time trying to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for. You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling.

4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. When you buy things, be consciously aware of the social and environmental impact you are creating.

5. More Peace of Mind

By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

6. More Happiness

When decluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most.

7. Less Fear of Failure

In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions.

8. More Confidence

The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

 

*You can start a gratitude journal (Hint: get Mori's pursebook at liv-consciously.com for this) and make a list of things you want to achieve and check things off that list. You can review your daily routine and find out what you can modify to lighten your load.

Content: theminimalists.com, oprahdaily.com, lifehack.org, Own