What if everything you ever wanted, isn’t what you actually want?
I implore you to ask yourself this question each and every day.
Do you really need to buy that piece of clothing? Do you really need to buy into the latest trends because that’s how you’re supposed to consume? Do you really need to measure up and try to live up to societal expectations?
People are more stressed than ever before. The pressure of trying to keep up with the Kardashians is completely suffocating people (especially millennials) from living life on their own terms.
The truth is that nearly all the pressure we feel is completely internal. Trust me, I have felt it. Consumerism is just a never-ending maze that ruins your life. With each pay rise, you just buy new and bigger things that quickly become obsolete/not used and just sit there gathering dust. Keeping things just in case.
To maximise your life and your valuable time, you have to free up your mind.
I became a Minimalist and found that uncluttering the excess in all parts of my life allowed me more freedom both physically and mentally to better pursue ideas and opportunities. I strongly believe having clear thoughts allows the mind the do some pretty amazing things.
What Is Minimalism?
Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people (including me) question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth and contribution.
- Greater Health – Minimising your social commitments/events and your material belongings will have a huge positive impact on your mind and body. Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and financial health will be improved if you cull the excess out of your life. Living a healthy lifestyle allows you the optimum conditions to enjoy your life and without your health, you’re unable to enjoy even the simplest things in life. Without health, we have nothing.
- Better Relationships – Decluttering your life allows you more time to develop new relationships and transform your current relationships. Human interaction with people that bring real meaning and value to your life is so important. Remember, you are the product of the 5 closest people around you – make them count.
- Freedom – Minimalising your clutter lifts a huge weight off your shoulders and gives you peace of mind. If you own less and remove all that unnecessary pressure and take time out for yourself, you will see amazing changes in your mood.
- More Time – Minimalising empowers you to be completely organised and efficient. Remember, time is your greatest asset (The World’s Most Valuable Commodity: Time).
- Reduced Stress – Simply owning what you need and becoming an expert at either filing, throwing out or giving will reduce the busyness and stress around your household/life.
- Financial Freedom – Spending less on material things will allow you more money to make meaningful memories (MORE HOLIDAYS!).
- Contribution – Giving is living and if you invest more time in your life’s goals/purpose and less on material possessions, you will be contributing and giving back to the world in your own way.
- More Productivity – There is a reason Mark Zuckerberg wears the same clothes every day. It allows him to focus his energy on the more important decisions throughout the day and not spend any of his energy on things that are frivolous in life. Buy high quality clothes that last and you enjoy wearing. Buy 10 of the same t-shirts if that’s what you like.
How to Minimalise?
If you’re interested in giving Minimalism a red-hot crack, here are a few things to start you on your journey to a more meaningful life:
- Watch “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” on Netflix. Starting here will give you a bit more context on Minimalism and how it has positively impacted various people’s lives.
- Read “Minimalism: Living A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. This is a short read that explores what it is to be a Minimalist. It helps you think about your life and how you live it. It relates how becoming a Minimalist will impact on the following 5 values in your life: health, relationships, passion, growth and contribution. I recommend reading (and re-reading) this with a partner or a friend, take notes and take action. Small adjustments in your life can add up to significant change over time.
- When you’re feeling ready, try the 30-day minimalism game created by The Minimalists. The game is to get rid of one item on day one, two items on day two, three on day three, and so on and so forth. Try get to 30 days. Try it with a friend, or your partner. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations. Donate, sell or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house and out of your life by midnight each day.
Comparing yourself to others as a guide to live life is a sure way to discontent. Instead, follow your values and beliefs.
Less is more. Owning less stuff, focusing on fewer tasks, and having less in the way has given me more time/freedom which causes less anxiety/stress and allows me to contribute more, grow more and pursue my passions.
By not owning excess, constantly questions your possessions and not giving meaning to your possessions allows you to focus on what’s truly important in life.
Minimalism is not a radical lifestyle, Minimalism is a tool I use to get rid of unnecessary stuff and live a meaningful life. A life filled with happiness, freedom and conscious awareness.
I believe living with less leads to a more purposeful life and incorporating this lifestyle allows you a life with more time, more money, and more freedom to live a meaningful life. Living with purpose will enhance your life exponentially.
Minimalism: Because the best things in life aren’t things.