There have been many videos, podcasts and documentaries on minimalism. I came across minimalism a few months ago. My YouTube page was flooded with videos about the latest fad. After watching a few videos and learning about minimalism, I found myself fascinated by the simplicity of it.
Minimalism is a way of life, a lifestyle. It emphasises valuing experiences rather than things. Its some what of a down-to-earth approach to life where material items hold no importance. It is the philosophy of ‘less is more’. It may seem like a temporary fixation to some but when practiced right it can be advantageous and can benefit us significantly.
For me it was a breath of fresh air from all the clutter and mess. And just as Marie Kondo said, I got rid of everything that “didn’t spark joy”. I got rid of all the clothes and things I bought thinking I would wear them or use in the future and decided to stop living in the future and start living now. Along with the piles of clothes went all the toys, shoes, accessories and unnecessary decorations that I wasn’t planning on using.
In my mind, everything that was bright coloured and decorative was tacky but I was wrong.
A common misconception about minimalism is that it’s about having bland things and living a shabby life. It’s about owning lesser things. I realised this when I saw my closet half empty with only neutral colours. Minimalism is about buying whatever makes you happy but judiciously buying things and not cluttering your surroundings.
Almost every person owns something or a lot of things that they don’t really need. If you haven’t worn it in a year then get rid of it. I donated my clothes, it didn’t feel like a loss but made me feel like the whole experience wasn’t a waste of money.
Minimalism preaches sustainability and longevity. Quality over quantity. It doesn’t buy into consumer culture. It’s helps us save bank and not buy into trends and unnecessary purchases.