What is Minimalism?

You’ve heard the term thrown around by friends and family, but what does minimalism actually mean?

Minimalism means, “a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.”

The term minimalism used to be confined to a style or technique of art, but nowadays it has branched out to mean something much more. To live a more meaningful life with less stuff. Yes, stuff… things. We all know what “stuff” I’m referring to. All that clutter you have accumulated throughout your time here on Earth that you know damn well you don’t need or use.

People often times hear the word minimalism (or to be a minimalist) and their first reaction is fear. Fear of having to let go of things. Minimalism has no rules or restrictions. Just because you’re a minimalist doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your car and walk to work or downsize you’re entire life into a suitcase. No, no no. All it means is that you are aware that stuff has a way of dragging you down. Clutter in your house suddenly becomes a cluttering of your mind and thoughts. You just decide to live your life to the fullest without having a lot of unnecessary things in your way.

Do you really need those two closets full of clothing that you rarely wear? No, I highly doubt it. Do you really need those 45 pairs of shoes? Probably not. Do you need that massive collection of DVDS or CDs that has been collecting dust since collecting CDs or DVDs went out of style? More than likely, no. So, let me ask you? What is holding you back from letting them go?

There are several ways to let go of those items you no longer need, which I will get into in another blog post. But, I’m sure you can figure them out on your own. You know, the whole “Trash, Keep, Sell” piles? Well, there ya go. It’s a start.

So, let me end this post by saying don’t be scared of the term “minimalism.” It is just an easy way of letting people know you enjoy living your life with less “stuff.” Not living your life with nothing, but just less. Simple.

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