When you think of Minimalism, you are probably thinking of not owning a car or a home, not buying anything new and expensive, and living in a small white room with no furniture. This could be true for some, but mostly it’s misinterpretation at best.
So, what is minimalism?
Minimalism isn’t about giving up everything that we associate with luxury and comfort. It is about a reassessment of your priorities so that you can strip away the excess stuff. It is simply a tool to assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture, freedom from a society that prides itself on the accumulation of possessions.
What does it take to follow minimalism?
If you have been trying to find ways to simplify your life, if clutter makes you crazy, or if you can’t stop giving stuff away, and your cat is worried that she’s next, you might be already on the path to follow minimalism.
Having said that, there are no set rules! The idea is to live simply without unnecessary possessions. To make it simple, start with decluttering your closet! Categorize your items into – Keep, Recycle, Donate. Feel free to include more categories but remember to keep it simple.> Keep.
The things you use regularly or things that bring significant value or have sentimental value fall under this category. Decide on the number of t-shirts you need, do the same for all other items.
Apply the thumb rule - if you haven’t worn it in a year, you need to get rid of it. That doesn’t mean you simply trash it. Reassess the item and put it under any of the remaining categories.
We understand that you don’t have the heart to just simply give away that expensive outfit you purchased for your best friend’s wedding. Or the dress you bought as a motivator to achieve your fitness goal. But let’s be honest, if you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s only occupying space in your closet. All the things which you have worn only once or twice can be turned into easy money.
This will clear your closet from unnecessary clutter. But that’s not all. This practice encourages and develops a recycling community if more people opt to buy and sell pre-owned goods.
Pro tip: Invest in slow and sustainable fashion, it stays on for longer and degrades naturally, without harming the environment.
Nearly 100% of the clothing items in your home can be recycled and donated, regardless of the quality or condition. The EPA report suggests the main source of textiles in municipal solid waste (MSW) is discarded clothing.
Trashed clothes are a big part of waste in landfills today, releasing toxic greenhouse gases. By donating, you are not only helping the environment but also supporting a brilliant cause. If you don’t like the way you look in it or they no longer fit you, it’s time to say goodbye. Donating is a great way to pass on your unwanted clothes.
> Is it worth it?
Social media has played a big part in influencing materialism. People have become fixated with the idea that owning things will boost their self-esteem, but the truth is materialism does not lead to happiness. Minimalism on the other hand focuses on less ‘stuff’ and promotes finding joy in the objects you do own.
There are so many benefits of minimalism. For instance, it prevents us from participating in costly consumerism, people go debt-free, they experience reduced stress levels, and it is good for the environment. The idea of simplistic living is an important ideal, especially when in reference to consumerism.
There isn’t anything fundamentally wrong with owning material possessions. The issue arises when we start giving meaning to the things we own often at the cost of our mental health, personal growth, and even our environment. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more purposefully.
By incorporating minimalism into our lives, one can find lasting happiness— After all isn’t that what we all want- to be truly happy!