What Actually Is Minimalism?


In its simplest form, minimalism means keeping the things we most value and removing everything that distracts us from them…

“Simplicity, clarity, 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 

Imagine a life with less stuff. Less clutter. Fewer distractions. 

Imagine your life in a years time. 5 years time. 10 years. 

How do these visions line up? 

Becoming less materialistic leads to happiness

What is Minimalism? 

I searched Google for the definition of Minimalism, and found some interesting claims in the process!

  1. Minimalists travel the world and live out of a backpack. 
  2. It’s quite simple: to be a minimalist you must live with less than 100 things. 
  3. Minimalist adj. NOT DOING MUCH

These made me laugh out loud!

Minimalism can bring us happiness

To me, Minimalism isn’t about putting a number to the amount of items you own. Nor is it being labelled lazy because you lead a ‘minimal’ life. 

Minimalism is intentionality

In its simplest form, being a minimalist means keeping the things we most value and removing everything that distracts us from them. I think this quote explains it perfectly:

Minimalism is simply removing the things that remove you from your life.” 

Be intentional with the item you keep

Everything you own should have a purpose – whether that’s helping you strain pasta in the kitchen or an item of clothing that makes you feel great!

Intentionality looks different to everyone, but it requires each of us to dive deeper into our own values. It’s time to become more introspective and look within. 

You can find happiness in more than just materialistic things – contrary to modern cultural beliefs. An accumulation of ‘things’ doesn’t equal happiness. In fact, when we stop wanting more, we tend to appreciate the things we already do have, in turn creating a more abundant life! 

Appreciate the little moments of joy

So, this is your friendly reminder to be intentional in the way you live your life. Think twice about purchasing a new item.

Ask yourself… Do you really need it? Will it bring about long term happiness or short-term satisfaction? Is there a more sustainable option? 

I recommend watching Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things if you want to dive deeper in to the subject. Food for thought!

How minimalism can change your life

What do you think about Minimalism?

To extend your new minimalistic way of living to your online life, I highly recommend checking out this blog post ‘Mindfulness And Social Media‘. Be sure to let me know what you think!