Minimalism: Have More Living with Less
New year, fresh start.
I have been on a cleaning spree over the past month, engaging in a community challenge my sister created called The Purge. The challenge was simple; eliminate a number of items depending on the date, i.e., January 1st, eliminate 1 item, January 9th, eliminate 9 items.
I went through stacks of papers, donated clothes, discarded expired supplements and personal care items, all while cultivating intentional living with items I chose to keep.
This challenge came at a perfect time as I've been starting to look ahead to August when I'll be packing up my things to move back to Edmonton. More importantly, I reflected on feeling overwhelmed. Too many things to read or look at, too many items to clean and put away, too many people or tasks demanding my time.
I've been dabbling with the idea of Minimalist living and was re-inspired by the documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. One aspect I love about Minimalism is self-examination.
What is really important to me? What are the voids in my life, and am I simply filling those voids with stuff? What truly brings me happiness?
A definition from The Minimalists:
Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we've built our lives around. Real freedom.
The documentary discusses that no two minimal lives will look the same. What I decide to keep may be more than the next person, and that's okay. That "there's nothing wrong with consumption, the problem is compulsory consumption" or buying for the sake of buying.
Minimalism is not about doing a complete life overhaul and throwing all your shit out. It's not a temporary trend you commit to as a self-proclaimed minimalist, competing with how few items you can possess. It's a lifestyle that will require continual re-examination.
One of the most valuable parts of this process has been to examine my purchasing habits, where I choose to invest my money and why. I love this "Buyerarchy" schematic below.
Minimalism is about being mindful of what we're bringing into our lives, not just possessions. It's ridding a life that's full, and creating a full life. It's who you socialize with, how you invest your time, your frame of mind. It's about finding simplicity.
Have you watched the Minimalism documentary? Have you started your own journey with minimalism?
I'd love to hear about it in the comments below, or see what that looks like on instagram (tag me @bealutz).
Discover the abundance of living with clarity.