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What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is the practice to, quite simply: live simply.

Every minimalist (or any person pursuing minimalism) is going to have a different definition of minimalism and what it means to them. Minimalism is NOT about living with the absolute barest of things. Some minimalists do live with very few items while other minimalists may have far more possessions.

Minimalism is all about identifying the aspects of your life that are most important and orienting your entire life towards them — and removing everything that remains that does not align with it.

You’ll hear me refer to “The Minimalists” quite often on this site, and you can learn more about their definition here:

The Minimalists | What Is Minimalism?

Why I am becoming a minimalist

Growing up, I wanted all the things. I wanted to collect all the little knick-knacks. Although over time I eventually realized I didn’t want a lot of “stuff” in my life, I still held onto a lot of what I already had. The thought of getting rid of something terrified me. After reading about minimalism, I started to grow intrigued, especially as my life started to shift towards the pursuit of material possessions towards personal experiences and human connection.

The idea of “only having items in your life that actually excited you” was a really interesting concept. This crosses all the realms of the physical, digital, and mental – for me. While most of the attention of minimalism in the media is placed on physical possesions (such as the items you own, the interior of your home, your wardrobe, etc.,), I intend to take minimalism into as many aspects of my life as possible.

It’s all about zeroing in on what’s truly important and putting all your attention and energy into those aspects — and having the courage to let go of the rest. 

Physical Minimalism

Within minimalism, the “physical” can include your personal possessions, the design/layout of your interior, and more.

The more things you have that you don’t care about, the more that you can feel constrained by your own objects. Every object you own has hidden fees, and it’s not listed on the ticket price.

My favorite articles about physical minimalism:

  • x by The Minimalists
  • x by Austin

Digital Minimalism

The “digital” is, for me, the hardest part to keep orderly, due to the ease of “saving everything” you come into contact with.

Although it has its advantages to be able to store photos/written documents of your physical objects you may be ridding yourself of – having “digital clutter” can still wear your mind down.

Favorite articles about digital minimalism:

  • x by The Minimalists
  • x by Austin

Mindset Minimalism

Perhaps the most important part of minimalism is the mindset you have — because it’s with you, everywhere. Everyone will have different viewpoints on minimalism and what constitutes an orderly mind, but to me it includes:

Ensuring that you are only surrounding yourself with content and thoughts that is uplifting or productive; surrounding yourself with the right people; and having a clear understanding of what your objectives and directions are in life — and laser focusing on those tasks (while still remaining flexible enough to embrace the beauty of the moment).

My favorite articles regarding mindset in minimalism:

  • x by The Minimalists
  • x by Austin