What does it mean being a minimalist?

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Minimalism lifestyle – what does that mean?

Living a minimalistic life has become increasingly popular in the recent years. The main idea is that living with less also means living with less problems and less burdens, so that our lives are no longer focused on material things but rather on what’s truly important to us.

There are tons of blogs, podcasts, documentaries and articles about minimalism out there, and millions of people testify that their quality of life has increased drastically since prioritizing living with less.

The Minimalists

Two public faces of the movement are Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, the men behind the blog and website The Minimalists. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus explains that minimalism is not only about having less – but rather about making room for more of what truly matters to each and every person.

Be more with less

This means that there are no specific items or garments that a minimalist has to own, instead it’s all about decluttering to make sure that the things you do own actually adds value in some form to each and every individual. However, Joshua and Ryan have created a guide featuring 16 rules that, if applied to your everyday life, can help you find joy and peace by becoming a minimalist.

Rules for a minimalist lifestyle

Here are some rules that can help you in your everyday life to become more with less:

  • According to The Minimalists everything you own can be placed in three piles:
    1. Essentials: basically all of our needs such as clothes, shelter, and food.
    2. Non-essentials: objects we own that add some sort of value to our lives.
    3. Junk: things that we like, or at least think we do, but don’t actually bring us any joy or adds any value. This is the pile to which most of the items we own belong.

    Make sure to get rid of all the junk, and keep anything that truly brings you joy, adds value or serves a specific purpose in your life.

  • In order to succeed in getting rid of all the junk, you need to have a great amount of discipline. It is easy to keep certain objects or items because you think that you might need them one day, or because you think that you like them. In these cases, a good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used a garment or an item in the recent month – you probably won’t use them in the future either and get therefore get rid of it.

  • Once you’ve come to the decision not to keep an item or a garment, please, don’t just throw it away. Make sure to recycle it or give it to someone who will have better use of it.

  • Take some time to reflect upon your consumption behavior. How much money do you shop for each month? What do you usually buy? For how long do you use the items that you buy? Do the things you buy make you feel happier? What could you do with all the money you spend on shopping if you saved the money instead of spending it? The first step towards change is to become more aware of what your consumption looks like today.

  • If you still feel like you love changing your look on a regular basis and don’t want to give up on being able to express yourself through your fashion choices a good option is to go for brands that offer versatile products. Another option is to stop spending money on buying things and start borrowing items and garments instead. Accessories are a perfect example of items that you might as well borrow from your friends if you want to update your closet, instead of buying new items.