What is Minimalist Living?
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Simple & Sweet like Minimalist Living!
First and foremost, I’m glad that you are here to learn about minimalist living. We both have this goal in common. I am here to provide you with information (tips, applications, resources) that will help you with this life changing endeavor; it is something that I started with about 9 months ago and I remember how hard it can be in the beginning.
Minimalist living, in simplest terms, is to live with as less as possible, mentally and physically until you achieve peace of mind. The concept is simple but achieving it is hard. Just look at the desk you are sitting on: how many items does it contain? Is your desk surrounded by papers, notebooks, books, pens and pencils?
What about your closets, living rooms and bedrooms? How much joy does all this clutter bring you? What clutters you physically also disables you mentally.
While I am no expert at living minimally, it is something that I practice. I know how it is when I started so I realize where you are coming from. Please understand that minimalist living is a process that will free you of the excess baggage that nothing else can bring.
What should be your first step? Get rid of excess. Go through your closets and pick out all the things that you don’t need any more. Donate all clothes to a charity of choice. I promise you, this might seem tiring but at the end of it all, you will feel ecstatic for not only helping yourself, but helping others. I will be writing about how to make this process a bit easier.
What was once considered ‘cheap’ (with a negative connotation) is now expressed as ‘minimal’ and ‘smart’ thanks to this economy. If you are curious about what minimalist living is all about, welcome to this website and I hope you’ll stick around!
With that said…
Minimalist Living Isn’t For Everyone!
This lifestyle isn’t for everyone so if this isn’t you, then don’t feel bad. Many people try to be something they’re not–this is never a healthy thing for your mind so do what is true for you and what will benefit you.
However, if you’re here then obviously you were searching for this topic. Have a look around!
Getting the Complete Picture of Becoming a Minimalist
While I have this website to help people and to share my thoughts, I’m by no means an expert on minimalist living. What I can share with you are a couple of reads that helped me progress quite nicely and gave me that extra ‘push’.
The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life is the work of Leo, a minimalist living advocate and one who walks the walk. Not only does Leo talk about how to achieve this certain mindset and lifestyle, but also how to reduce stress and creating a minimalist workspace.
The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life is penned by Francine Jay in which she streamlines and guides the readers through the minimalist process. Everything from decluttering to redefining the way your mind works, Francine has done an excellent job. Excellent read and the reviews tell you all you need to know.
Both works might sound similar but they’re from two viewpoints and pack a lot of value for the price (for me, less than a fast food meal!)
You Don’t Need Books to Enjoy a Minimalist Living
It’s true. I think most people know the concept of this lifestyle is easy and most people should be able to achieve it.
But here’s the problem: most people lack motivation. Usually it’s when they get inspired that they take action. This kind of action can seem mentally taxing and the pay-off seems too far away.
It’s for those reasons giving things away was a struggle the first four months. Confession: I still have small moments but I’m enjoying my life immensely and love the freedom it grants me.