Hello, everybody! Thanks for checking in. Today’s piece is about minimalism. No, it’s not an art style. It’s a lifestyle! Read all about it in this article.
In 2016, minimalism got a lot of publicity thanks to the Netflix series ‘Minimalism: a Documentary About the Important Things‘. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a nice way to spend an hour and a half (after you read this article, of course!).
The guys who made the documentary also have books, podcasts, and a website with lots of information. You can check their website ‘The Minimalists‘ for all resources.
Living with less
So, what is this lifestyle? Simply put, you try to ditch material items that you accumulated in your life (that you probably never use, anyway).
“And why would I do that?”, you probably wonder. Well, most people have a habit of buying things because it gives them a (temporary) shot of happiness. The problem is, we don’t realize that’s the reason we buy all those things. After a while, the ‘shot of happiness’ wears off. Before we know it, we’re searching for the next thing to make us feel good. A vicious cycle that’s never going to give us lasting joy. Only fleeting happiness and an empty wallet.
The tendency to opt for fleeting happiness instead of lasting joy is because we have no idea what’s going on inside our heads. We lost connection with ourselves. Instead of looking inside, we rather look for external items to fill up the void. If you’re not sure whether you buy your happiness or not, meditation is an excellent tool to get insight into what’s going on in that brain of yours. Check out the category ‘meditation‘ to see all my articles on that topic.
How do I know what to throw away?
To be clear, it’s not about getting rid of ALL your things. Minimalism is different for everybody. The core is to feel better, have less attachment to material possessions, and have more appreciation for life in general.
Some people feel amazing with owning almost nothing, others feel a huge difference by only ditching a couple of items. That’s something you’ll have to find out for yourself.
If you suspect you are a ‘shopaholic for happiness’, minimalism will surely give you more freedom in life. If you don’t own stuff, you can’t be attached to it. Ultimately leading to less worry, anxiety, and improving lasting joy.
Not sure how to start? The Minimalists came up with an awesome 30-day challenge. It goes like this:
- Day 1: get rid of 1 item
- Day 2: get rid of 2 items
- Day 3: get rid of 3 items
- Day 30: get rid of 30 items
By the end of the challenge, you will have thrown away 465 items! Who knows, maybe you’ll want to continue after getting warmed up…
Living out of a backpack
Those that read my article last week know I’m currently backpacking in South America with my girlfriend. We’re both very grateful for this amazing journey. That means that for the past 9 months, we’ve been living out of our backpacks. In our own way, we’ve been experiencing what it is to live with limited items.
Honestly, we haven’t thought a single day about all the stuff we left back at home! (The fact we’re visiting one amazing place after the other probably helps…) But I’m definitely giving the 30-day challenge a shot when we’re back home.
Give the 30-day challenge a try and let us know how it went in the comment section!