When the minimalist movement started trending across America and some of my friends and neighbors started to adopt its values, I admit that I was intrigued. The very idea of choosing to have less stuff seemed unfathomable to me, having grown up with the mindset that you needed stuff to be truly happy. But the more I learned about the minimalist lifestyle, the more that I wanted to learn more. In this article, I will give you 3 things that made me fall in love with the minimalist lifestyle.
3 Things That Made Me Fall In Love With The Minimalist Lifestyle
Surrounding yourself with things that create joy
I first learned about the concept of surrounding oneself with things that spark joy in the Netflix documentary Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. What I learned was that the secret to decluttering the home was not using the gold standard of organizational methods, but to be intentional about the things that I do end up keeping. I learned about the importance of surrounding myself with things that gave me joy. I realized that I didn’t want to just live in a home that was crammed with stuff, but rather with stuff that gave me purpose and truly made me happy.
Realizing the value in simplicity
Another thing that I love about the minimalist lifestyle is its emphasis of simplicity over chaos and clutter. It taught me that comfort can be found in even the simplest of things. You can simply have just the essentials in the home to survive. For example, I can just have a sofa, a TV, and a book or two, and I can be satisfied with just these three or four things. I don’t need that pull down map, fancy rug, or little trinkets. By just surrounding myself with the bare essentials for survival and comfort, then I am giving myself the best chance at maintaining a clean house and happiness.
Discovering the true meaning of life
The race to constantly buy things year after year is diluting the true meaning of not only the holidays, but life. The minimalist lifestyle embraces the complete opposite of that. Rather than going out to buy stuff, it advocates more important things that I could be doing instead. I could be spending precious time with family and friends or pursuing a new hobby or skill. By focusing less on consumerism, I can spend more time on the things that matter. It brings the focus back to the things that matter and less on materialistic things.
The best thing about embracing a minimalist lifestyle is the inherent ability to surround myself with joy, find happiness with simplicity, and ultimately reject consumerism. It is about finding peace with the things that matter. It is about loving who I am and the things that I choose to surround myself with at home. By being a minimalist, you end up ultimately embracing the best version of yourself.
Again, thank you so much, Helen for sharing your journey to minimalism. If you want to read more posts from Crispy Confessions, be sure to check out her blog!