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What Is Minimalism?

“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.” – Joshua Becker

When I first started looking into the concept of minimalism, I knew I wanted to make a change in my life and the way of life intrigued me.

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I had this idea in my head of what being a minimalist was, just from the few things I had read here and there, and I wasn’t sure if it was a feasible way of living.

See, to me, minimalists were people who owned nothing, had no decor in their homes and spent no money.

I thought that in order to be a minimalist, I had to get rid of every single thing in my home except for a few outfits and a few sentimental items.

What Is Minimalism?

And to be honest, if you had asked me six months ago, I would probably have classified myself as an emotional hoarder. So of course, I thought there was no way I was going to be able to live a minimalist life.

Boy, was I wrong.

I mean, I was really off the mark with this one.

Does minimalism consist of purging and decluttering you home? Yes. Does minimalism mean letting go of things? Yes. Does minimalism make it easier to save money and not spend frivolously? 100% yes.

But, does it mean never buying anything? Or having zero pictures on your walls? Absolutely not.

So then, what is minimalism?

One thing that I have learned so far in this journey to a minimalist lifestyle is that the definition is different for everyone. Minimalism cannot be put into a box.

Everyone interprets this way of life differently and that, is okay.

Minimalism is letting go.

Letting go of the clutter. Letting go of relationships that don’t bring you joy. Letting go of the things that are in the way of your contentment. Whatever it is in your life that you no longer need or want, minimalism is learning how to let go of these things and only hold onto those things that bring something to your world.

Minimalism is valuing moments over material possessions.

In today’s world, so many people put the value of their life on the things that they own and what they can buy. A big part of minimalism is learning to appreciate experiences and moments in life over the material possessions that we have.

The moment I started thinking this way, my entire life changed. I started seeing how truly wonderful my life is and shifted my focus on the things that really matter in life.

Minimalism is internal, not external.

For me, minimalism has always been an internal journey. A journey that is personal and specific to me and my little family. I think when people think of being a minimalist, they only see the purging of possessions and decluttering of living spaces.

I believe, however, that is so much more about what is inside your heart and soul then anything having to do with clutter. Yes, as a minimalist, I have found peace and less stress as I have begun to open up my apartment and have more empty space.

But more than that, I have been on an introspective journey to listening to the joy inside me. Minimalism is the process of getting rid of external possessions in order to focus on internal needs and issues.

Minimalism is being intentional.

At the base of minimalism is the idea of being intentional in all aspects of your life. From your time and the people you surround yourself with to the items that take up residence in your home, minimalism is being intentional with what you allow to be in your life.

Minimalism is simplifying your life.

Slowing down. Taking the time to enjoy the small moments. Getting outside or simply reading a book quietly. Minimalism is going against the grain of our culture today that promotes being busy, chasing wealth and prioritizing material things. Instead, it is embracing those everyday moments in your life that mean so, so much.

Minimalism is possible.

Minimalism is possible for anyone. People tell me all the time that they couldn’t possible be a minimalist because of x,y or z reasons, but I am here to tell you that anyone can do it. I am living proof for anyone who believes they could never achieve a minimalist life.

My little family and I are normal, everyday people who decided to make a change and make our life better. a few months ago, we were unhappy, stressed and knew something needed to give. When we decided to embrace a minimalist life, we didn’t know where it would bring us or even if it would work for us.

And it has. It has changed everything about our life. It has made us better parents, friends, siblings, spouses and family members. I haven’t been this content in my life for a very long time and we are still a work in progress.

I promise, you can do it too.

Have you ever thought of becoming a minimalist? What does minimalism mean to you? Comment below! XOXO

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