I’m sure you’ve probably heard people raving on and on about how amazing minimalism is. It’s totally changed their lives. They spend so much less time cleaning and organizing. They have so much more money in their pockets. They feel calmer and less stressed. Blah, blah, blah. We’ve all heard it.
I mean, they must be onto something, right? There are certainly enough people going on about it. But why would anyone willingly give up all their stuff and claim it makes them happier? What exactly is this whole minimalism thing about?
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What is is:
Minimalism, at it’s core, is the idea that happiness can be found when you remove clutter from your life. Clutter, in this case, refers to anything you do not find to be useful, or know to be beautiful.
Clutter can (and often does) refer to the physical objects in our lives, but it can also refer to many other things. Digital clutter in our inboxes or social media accounts. Excess time commitments that we don’t enjoy or NEED to be doing. Toxic relationships with people. All of these things take up time and space in our lives which could be better filled with things and commitments that bring us peace and joy.
Before I started my own personal minimalism journey, I spent endless hours cleaning, and especially organizing my stuff. I was obsessed with having things, and I didn’t even realize it. I had clothes that I never wore, multiples of cooking utensils that I never used… and I could go on and on. I never realized how much anxiety all of my stuff caused me. Having to clean and maintain all of it took up more of my time than I’ll ever care to admit.
By removing the excess “stuff” from my life, I have found a peace that I never knew could exist. I don’t lose things the way that I used to, because there are less places for them to hide. I don’t spend nearly as much time cleaning as I used to, because there is less stuff to tidy and put away. And my house just stays cleaner in the first place, because there is less stuff to leave everywhere, less laundry to do, less dishes to do. I could go on and on.
A really good example of this is the area rug I used to have in my living room. I bought it because I thought it would be nice to have the carpet underfoot when I was sitting on the couch. I quickly realized though that I pretty much always sit with my feet curled up under me. On top of that, my dog LOVED eating her treats (including peanut butter) on that rug. I spent time almost every single day cleaning that rug. So when we moved it to paint the living room, I sold it. I have not missed it for a moment, and I haven’t had to spend any time stressed about cleaning it since it went away.
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All the extra time I’ve found since embracing minimalism has really allowed me to enjoy my home more, and I have more time to spend doing the things I love, like playing with my dog, or working on my business. And that’s why people who embrace minimalism rave so much about it. It’s not the lack of stuff that makes them happy, but rather the amazing things they fill the space with.
By embracing minimalism, I’ve also been able to reduce my environmental impact, and continue on my green journey. By buying less, I’ve stood against consumerism and reduced the demand for the objects that I used to buy. If you want to learn more about easy ways to get started on your own green journey, click here.
What it’s not:
I’m going to go right ahead and say that minimalism is NOT about depriving yourself. It is not about getting rid of stuff that you actually use or makes you happy. Minimalism is a lifestyle choice that is different for every single person. For some people, that means living in a 150 square foot space with one change of clothes, a bowl, a pot and a spoon. And that’s fantastic if it works for them! But I think for the vast majority of us, that seems pretty extreme.
Minimalism is about getting rid of what YOU consider to be excess. If you have 25 tops but you genuinely love and wear all of them, then there is no need to get rid of any of them. Just make sure you’re not holding onto them because you’re telling yourself that you WILL wear them…someday.
Above all, minimalism is not a competition. It’s not about who can live with the least amount of things.
It’s about filling your home and your life with joy rather than with stuff.
So are you ready to embrace minimalism and fill your life with joy? Let me know in the comments!