I think most people already heard of minimalism. It is all over the internet. Some people think it is a trend or aesthetic thing. Some people think they can gain benefit from it. Some people just simply have a minimalist lifestyle. I am personally not a minimalist, but I got inspired and want to change my way of living a little bit. After I search up how to become a minimalist and saw many different minimalists, I want to share what does minimalism mean to me, and I hope this can inspire you too.
It is a Mindset
I think minimalism is a mindset instead of all these physical things we can see. Are you really a minimalist when you have less than 30 items in your closet, living in a small empty place, or only have color black, white, and gray in your life? Well, if these are things that make you feel comfortable and happy, it is wonderful. If none of these make you happy, you may be getting on the wrong path.
The main idea of minimalism is to have a simple happy life. Nothing more and nothing less. Wasting is a bad habit and causes trouble and worries. It is why minimalists have less physical stuff compare to most people. It doesn’t mean they always have a capsule wardrobe. They may have 50 items in their wardrobe, but they never own something that they won’t use. Why we mostly see color black, white, and gray? It could because they love these colors or these colors are the easiest to style. The key is to not having useless things.
Instead of focusing how to become a minimalist physically, it is more about the way we think and self-control. We need to keep questioning ourselves Why am I wanting to be a minimalist? Why am I wanting something that I won’t use? What makes me happy? What kind of life do I want to live? I think it is all about our self-reflection. I think it shouldn’t be something forceful. It is like what I am telling myself. I don’t need to throw away all my clothes, accessories, shoes, books, etc. We just need to start thinking like a “minimalist”.
Simple and Happy
It is all about being simple and happy. We are buying less, owning less, and wanting less. After we slowly get rid of stuff we don’t really need or want, we can focus more on things we love and need. We can focus on our hobby or the world around us. I believe a simpler life can help us focus on things we truly love and make us happier. It is similar that we always want a clean simple class note to study. It makes us easier to focus on the key points of the subject we are studying.
It is about simple and cares as fewer things as possible. Nothing extreme. If you own 20 shoes and really love them and will use them, keep all your shoes. You don’t need to wear two pairs of shoes only for all your days. If you love the colorful vivid theme, do it. Don’t get discouraged when your minimalistic lifestyle is different from most people. We all have different life and lifestyle. We may get inspired by other people, but we don’t need to change our life completely to fit in this “minimalism”.
Most importantly, what makes you happy? Does being a minimalist make you happy? Do you care about wasting, owning too many useless things, or worrying too many things in your life? I think it is awesome to try different things in our life. But, I am at the point that I think I own too many things and it doesn’t make me happy. I want to stop getting more and make the most out of what I currently have. As my blog name, I want to have a simple life.
I don’t think I will call myself a minimalist, but I love the way a minimalist live. It really inspires me to think about what I am doing. I think I own enough makeup and clothes, but I still have the subscription box and orders that I purchased. It is the time for me to stop purchasing more and start brainstorming what I truly need and want. Remember, It is not about decluttering. It is about controlling ourselves and living in a simple happy life.
What do you think about minimalism?
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