I’m sure you’ve heard about minimalism. The trendy lifestyle involving tiny homes, decluttering and capsule wardrobes. After learning more, I’ve found myself embracing a minimalist home.
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I’ve been intrigued by this particular lifestyle the more I read and learn about it. My first encounter with the concept took place months ago when I stumbled upon Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. There’s also the book, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, if that’s more your style.
After watching that documentary, I noticed the concept of minimalism popping up more and more online.
My Efforts of Embracing a Minimalist Home
Experiencing freedom, peacefulness and purposeful living as outcomes of living a minimalist lifestyle….sounded pretty great to me. After reading and learning about individuals’ minimalist journeys and the reasons why they choose this lifestyle, the mindset slowly but surely began to impact my own life, particularly my buying behavior.
I’m a fairly frugal person by nature but I’ve become even more intentional with my purchases by asking myself, “What value will this add to my life?”
Let me tell you…this one simple question has powerful influence!
Rather than adding a few things here and there to my shopping cart because they looked fun or because they may come in handy someday, I consider whether that item will bring value to my life or if it would be more satisfying to keep those few extra dollars in my bank account. This simple strategy has eliminated much of my buyers remorse that I had been experiencing all to often.
I also ask myself the same question about the stuff already in my home. If I haven’t needed or used it in the past six months, is it adding value to my life? Or is it simply just clutter?
It’s much more difficult for me to get rid of things I already own. The thoughts of “I paid for it, I should use it” and “I may need it someday” surface when I make an attempt at getting rid of the stuff. The fluff. The clutter in my house.
While I wouldn’t consider myself a true minimalist by any means (it’s obvious with one look at my kitchen cupboards and closet full of barely-worn clothes and shoes), I certainly appreciate and have learned from this concept.
After delving into this lifestyle with certain aspects of my own life, I got to thinking…
What about living with a minimalist mind?
When I say minimalist mind, I don’t mean we shouldn’t seek knowledge, challenge ourselves or have deep conversations. Consider this…
In addition to minimizing the size of our homes, why not minimize our inner critic that resides in our minds that tells us we’re not able, not competent, not worthy.
Our society is beginning to declutter our homes so what about decluttering our minds? Eliminating the doubts, fears, worries and limiting beliefs that get in the way of living and achieving our full potential.
People are embracing capsule wardrobes so why not embrace our authentic presence rather than the image we portray with the things we wear?
As I stated, I do not claim to live a truly minimalist lifestyle…in my home or my mind. I still let stuff pile up and have trouble letting things go (literally and figuratively). It’s a journey I am continuously experimenting with and learning about.
I do have energizing moments when I purge the clutter from my home. I do experience empowering moments when I don’t allow fear and critics to overtake my authentic, champion state.
Those are the moments to capitalize on. Moments of fully embracing a minimalist home and a minimalist mind.