The word minimalism has gained a lot of popularity recently. Many have promoted minimalism as a lifestyle that is worth following.
I particularly found this concept fantastic. It caught me and it’s been part of my daily life for a while.
So I thought it would be cool to write about it to make it clear what it is about and how we can benefit.
Minimalism is simplifying life by eliminating excess and keeping only what is essential.
It is a desire to live on less.
1. Less things
The first and most traditional aspect of this minimalist trend is the release of physical space.
Modern consumer culture sells the idea that a good life is a life full of things. Of material achievements. So people buy more and more.
So, throughout life we accumulate a lot. The house is full of furniture, the shelves full of ornaments, the drawers full of lumps, the cabinets full of clothes and so on.
Only a large part of them do not even need it. They just take up space. They take work to store and clean.
The idea is to clean this up. Live only with what is necessary.
Minimalist houses are marked by having few objects. Few furniture, few kitchen utensils, few cutlery, few dishes, little everything and a lot of free space available.
But the way it manifests differs slightly from person to person.
There is no single rule. That is, it does not mean that only a chair, a plate and two cutlery are allowed in a minimalist environment.
What you eliminate and how much is left up to you. It will depend on what makes sense to you and your life.
For example, these times I decided to clean my books.
I discovered that I had a lot of books on subjects that no longer interest me and were taking up important space. I donated more than 60 books to the PUC-RS library, the university where I graduated.
I even found old handouts from the college days that I also missed.
Another simple example that I see in my life comes from long before the concept of minimalism existed.
I mean the fact that I haven’t worn a watch in years.
Since I started to have a cell phone, I no longer use a watch. Why?
Simply because I can see the time on my cell phone. The clock for me became something redundant that stopped making sense. Minimalism in accessories.
Another interesting case is that of a friend who recently decided to sell the car and not replace it.
Before, he and his wife each had a car. They decided to simplify and stayed with only one car for the two and walking with an application driver when necessary.
There are reports of more radical minimalist who decided, for example, to sell the house, get rid of things and live traveling only with what they carried in a backpack.
But this, obviously, are more extreme cases and serve more to illustrate.
Eliminating what you don’t use and freeing up space for what matters at the moment is a beautiful start.
The most important thing is to understand that minimalism advocates for simple life, with few things. The minimum necessary and important for us.
2. Fewer activities
The minimalist style is not limited to material objects. We are talking about getting rid of all the excesses that do not directly bring what you are looking for in your life.
So for example, this can mean reducing the amount of activities you do.
Perhaps you are involved in too many activities, some of which don’t even make that much sense. You may be there just because someone asked you to.
Eliminating excess activity by opening up more space to slow down , breathe and pay more attention to what really matters also makes a difference.