The Subtle Art of Minimalism: Be more with less
Do you enjoy collecting things and then never using them? Do you tend to overachieve and overdo yet regret not doing enough? In this fast-paced world where everyone is striving to do more, be more, earn more, buy more, somewhere people are forgetting to live more, enjoy more, prioritize their mental health more. However, minimalism teaches one to live a more meaningful life by following the famous saying ‘Less Is More’.
What is Minimalism?
Being minimalist means you value yourself more than materialistic things. It simply means making decisions based on what you essentially want then buying all the things you just want to show off your status. Minimalism is a theory based on valuing experiences rather than things, in the modern world, it is also termed as ‘minimalistic management’.
There have been plenty of famous and successful minimalists who chose to appreciably live a simple life such as Lao Tzu (Philosopher and Scholar), Albert Einstein (German Physicist), Mahatma Gandhi (an Indian Social Reformist ), Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple), and Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook) and some of their speeches have often showcased that.
So, How to Be More With Less & Its Benefits-
1. Ask Yourself often “Do I use it? Do I need it? And Do I love it?”
The easiest way to start living this lifestyle is to ask yourself the above questions and assess both the people and things around you. If an item lacks purpose then it probably has no value so make a list of all those items around you and start decluttering. If you can’t decide then put it aside but with time you’ll get better at KonMaring aka Decluttering. As for people, being surrounded by like-minded people, who support you, encourage you, and are on the same page can give you so much more joy than settling for less.
2. Keep items that you ‘Need’ not ‘Want’
Sometimes we simply collect items because of their look and feel and tuck them away in such a safe spot that we forget to use them or maybe don’t need them at all anyway. Understanding your needs and separating them from your wants is crucial as that’s where it gets tricky and challenging. Living mindfully means saying no to impulse purchases, thinking twice before buying anything, and/or keeping items that have utility etc. If you are someone who has never done this before it might require some mind control and resistance at first but take it slow and do what suits you.
3. Tidy Up Your Space From Time to Time
Once you start following this lifestyle, it’s also important to stay consistent and ensure you tidy and practice clutter-free habits from time to time. Our homes can get messy from time to time so realize that some spaces require daily attention while other spaces need weekly or seasonal attention. This will keep you on track as well as discipline and benefit you in the longer run.
4. Find Your Purpose
Finding your ‘why’ is important when you decide to shift to a minimalist lifestyle. Find clear reason(s) that support this lifestyle, it could be saving more money and enjoying early retirement, spending more time with family, and so on. This is important to understand because living with less stuff is essentially living a more meaningful and intentional life as compared to the one you are living at the moment.
One of the biggest advantages of minimalism is Time. Living a clutter-free life naturally leaves you with enough time on your hands to re-invest in more meaningful activities. The Benefits are countless and self-explanatory, because one ends up having a lot more freedom, time, and money in their lives as less of it is rarely spent unnecessarily. It’s an excellent sustainable practice that works great for the environment and one’s own wellbeing. Less of anything whilst having ‘just’ enough ensures you are living more mindfully, your life has more meaning, and you feel less stressed.
So, do you think this lifestyle is for you? And if you are someone who follows this lifestyle then do let us know in the comments how it helped you?