We are used to the image of people basking in riches – sometimes literally, like well-known
Scrooge McDuck diving in a pool filled with gold coins. However, nowadays, the form of wellness is starting to take a completely different form. Minimalism, a movement completely opposite to the traditional philosophy of luxury, is gaining more and more followers.
It is worth noting that the mainstream perspective on minimalism is often deceiving. Let’s think. What comes to your mind first when you hear the word ‘minimalism’? Is it the act of throwing all of your gadgets away? Getting rid of the excess amount of your clothes? Or maybe is it simply owning fewer possessions in general?
Many people associate minimalism with reduction – basically limiting the number of items in their house. The photos of bright, white rooms with just a few pieces of furniture – often in neutral colours – are not unfamiliar to minimalism enthusiasts. Moreover, it has become a sort of symbol for this movement.
However, many professionals state that this material measurement of minimalist philosophy is only a result of adopting this lifestyle and not its soul. For example, Leo Babauta encourages others to focus on the most important aspects of their lives and draws attention to the importance of mental health. He declares that minimalism is a path that helps us in our happiness and overall satisfaction.
I know what you can think. Are slow life and minimalism really the best responses to the stress and problems in the present times? Is it some kind of magic recipe for never-ending bliss? If so, how exactly?
To help you answer these questions, we prepared a list of the ways minimalism can declutter not only your wardrobe but also your life.
Removing the fear of loss
Often the idea of loss is overwhelming. Most of us are afraid of failing or losing things or passion – and it is understandable – after all, the feeling of attachment plays a big role in our lives. Especially when we are so used to it. However, minimalism offers a different approach – it is living with only things we really need – and again, it is not just about the material items. However, when we consciously remove the distraction of extra possessions, we can finally focus on things that matter the most. We start to notice that the items are just the tools that could help us in the journey of experiencing – and these tools can be replaceable. We put the true importance on invisible things – like feelings or adventure. And in this way, we achieve true freedom.
Satisfaction with the present
Minimalism helps you notice the little things – it teaches you how to be less demanding and strict to yourself. The first thing I realised when I began my minimalism path was that my previous focus had been on the things I didn’t have. I was so worried about not achieving the goals I wanted that I completely forgot to cherish the aspects I had already accomplished. Minimalism allowed me to come to terms with the present me. It actually gave me a new friend – myself. The end of criticising myself and chasing imaginary mountains convinced me that now is the most important. And now, I am allowed to be happy with myself.
Gaining valuable relations
Thanks to minimalism, you have time and space for the most important values. The privilege of being with the right people at the right moment is now more achievable – you finally removed the excess distractions that could hold you back from focusing on nursing relations and feelings. Instead of conveying your energy to things that are easily replaceable, you can offer yourself to building genuine relations with others and yourself
Obtaining the inner wealth
Throughout the years, the capitalist system has taught us that the things we possess are a reflection of our personality and values. The items we have on in our house have gradually become our signature. Just like zombies, we lose the energy, time and health to continuously work on gaining more and more. This, in turn, gives an illusion of true wealth – after all, we literally have more.
However, minimalism allows us to ask the question ‘Do we really need this? If so, why?’
And this moment of reflection is crucial. We start to notice that these signatures do not define us – they are nothing but a fabrication. After all, it is up to us to decide what is unnecessary and what is essential – and when we stop surrounding ourselves with a pile of unneeded items, we finally realise that the inner wealth comes from within us.
As said before, minimalism gives you the advantage of reflecting. When you slow down and look at your life from a different perspective, you might feel the need to start prioritising new things. You get rid of all the clutter and clear out the aspects that hold you back. And in this fast-paced world that we live in, what is better than the realisation that we still have time?
Of course, all of this will not happen overnight. Minimalism is an ongoing process of understanding and learning about yourself and the world around you.
It is putting a human first and leaving the tools behind. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus wrote: ‘Minimalists search for happiness not through things, but through life’
It is that simple, right?