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What is Minimalism?

In simple terms, Minimalism is about tapering down one’s life and focusing only on the things that are needed. Minimalism is a movement that was started by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. These two realized after achieving all of their financial goals and buying all of the things that they ever dreamt of; they felt unfulfilled. They began to question what really makes people happy and realized it wasn’t material things. This moment in history completely changed their lives.

Why were they so unfulfilled?

Joshua and Ryan realized that owning a lot of material possessions doesn’t actually make you feel happier. Material possessions can actually end up making your life more complicated and stressful instead. During this a-ha moment they stumbled upon minimalism. This duo learned that life is more about how you live it, rather than how you are seen by others. People get so caught up in consumerism that they forget about their family and themselves. Instead, they should focus on good health, good relationships, and a good home.

How does minimalism help you?

Minimalism helps you to properly focus your life and energy into more fulfilling and productive things. It makes you stop and think about what is really important in your life and what things really make you happy. Every decision becomes more deliberate and precise. You waste less time making decisions because there are fewer choices to choose from. This doesn’t mean that you should deny yourself everything and try to live in an empty home. Please understand that minimalism is merely a concept that can be applied to your life and doesn’t have a strict rule-set. It’s more than just owning only two pairs of shoes, and only wearing black and white clothing.

Minimalism is more than just throwing all your stuff away.

Don’t think that this concept only applies to material possessions, you can also apply it to things like the people that you surround yourself with, the places that you go, and the choices that you make. You should apply these principles in a way that fits your life. A person with a spouse and three kids will have a completely different minimal lifestyle than a young man or woman fresh out of college. For example, there is a woman that makes over 100k a month and lives in an RV. That is an example of a life free from the constraints of being tied down to one location. 

Begin by thinking about the things that you love and the things that you need to use every day.

I’ll give you some examples of the ways that I save time and minimize¬†clutter by focusing on the things I love and need. My life pretty much revolves around access to the internet, So I know I can’t live without my phone or my computers. DVDs and Blu-Rays are useless to me because I can just use Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or any of the other popular video platforms. Owning a lot of clothes isn’t necessary for me because I don’t really go to fancy places, bars, or clubs. On a typical day, I tend to stay inside and spend a lot of my time reading or watching content online. Instead of reading physical copies of books I just read eBooks or listen to Audible. For food, I primarily “eat” Soylent every day so I only need a blender. To switch it up from eating Soylent every day I’ll make sandwiches or eat fruits and vegetables. Working out at home saves me a lot of time and money because I don’t need a gym membership. The time savings from not having to drive to the gym every day add up. The only things I use to work out are a jump rope. YouTube videos teach me how to work out at home without needing any gym equipment. These are some of the ways that I have started to minimize my life. Start with what you can’t live without and start to minimize all the things that don’t fit on that list.