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What’s minimalism and how can you practice it?


So essentially, minimalism is about figuring out which things, people and actions are important for you and that are not. Sounds pretty easy, right? The issue is that all too frequently we’re far too involved in the daily grind to cover any attention to exactly what it is we need in life vs. what we think we ought to want (based on society, our environment or our own convictions). We lose touch with our worth (or never know them at the first place) and then we attempt to fill that void the very best way we know how: with more stuff, more things to do, even more individuals around us. We fill up our schedule into the brim, buy more than we want, stay glued to our social networking feeds in the fear of falling out and proceed into event after event, even if we desire nothing more than to spend our evening reading on the sofa.

Minimalism is a way to return to making conscious choices and living with intention, as opposed to letting it all just kind of pile up or enabling others to dictate how we invest our time.


Not, but your possessions are a fantastic place to begin. The things you have, large and small, are not just stuff. They represent your own history, aspirations, habits and values.


That is why it can sometimes be so hard to let go of something as straightforward as an older t-shirt from top school. To you, it’s not only a t-shirt, it signifies a significant stage in your life and can be tied to a great deal of feelings and memories. Going through your things and getting rid of anything that really does’t have a place on your life anymore can have a very healing effect, as it compels you to carefully evaluate and deal with these types of inherent emotions.


The condition of our living area also has been a pretty accurate representation of their condition of our thoughts. Psychological studies have shown again and again how physical jumble overloads our senses and stresses us out. We are in need of a fine, clutter-free environment to be able to feel rested, calm and satisfied. And usually, once we have coped with the clutter, handling the larger things in life which we have been wrestling with, feels easier.


Minimalism is not a numbers game. Its not only about owning as small as you can or performing as little as possible. It’s about doing and owning just what you want or want to. Therefore, if you want to possess 20 sweaters as you love every single one of them and wear all of them, that is terrific! But if your cupboard is really a jam-packed mess which makes getting dressed in chore, then that is a different story.


Being a minimalist may mean a great deal of different things to various people. What one person may find ‘overly loud and active’, could be the ideal minimalist living space for someone else, as it contains all the things she needs for her entire life and wishes to own around her.


It is a frequent misconception that minimalism is over all about LESS, about virtually all potential. But really, it’s just about subtracting the bad things, the material that drains your energy. And then, as soon as you have made some room, it is just as much about adding back in.