Explaining Minimalism


Since starting and sharing this blog I’ve found it hard to explain to people exactly what Minimalism is. So what is Minimalism?

Minimalism isn’t really about getting rid of your stuff. Sure, living with less is a big part of it, but it’s not the point.  You could get rid of 90% of your stuff and still be unhappy. Minimalism is really about living a life that aligns with your values. As you start stripping away stuff that no longer has a purpose in your life, you begin taking stock of what’s important and what you value most. You begin to realize that a lot of the material possessions you own, you don’t actually value that much. What you do value though, is time. More time with family, more time to focus on your health, more time to spend on doing what makes you happy.

So how can I get into this Minimalism thing? Well, I recommend starting small. Take a look at the things in your life and ask yourself this question, “Does this thing add value to my life?”. But don’t stop there, start asking yourself some important questions. “What exactly are my values? Who do I want to be in 5 or 10 years time? Am I happy?”. It’s not easy to ask yourself these questions, sometimes you may not have an answer and they may just lead to more questions. Ultimately these questions will lead to a much more fulfilling and meaningful life.