Becoming a Minimalist

The philosophy of a minimalist lifestyle is about leading a meaningful life with the mentality of living with less. This meaning can be interpreted or depicted in many different ways but it’s all about the end result: what makes you happy.

The Minimalists and Marie Kondo are great examples of how minimalism can be different in the details but aim for the same results.

The Minimalists are about living with the bare essentials in life. They also call to attention the noise of our capitalist society with advertisements everywhere telling you buy this product to be a better version of yourself. Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, is all about living organizational living to achieve a stress-free life.

There are other ways people have taken their minimalist approach into their lives. Courtney started Project 333 where she only own 33 articles of clothing. This shows that no matter what your interests are in life, there’s always a way to incorporate this ‘less stuff is more meaningful’ life choice.

I’ve attempted at trying to incorporate minimalism into my life but there’s always something holding me back: I own too much memorabilia, lots of my stuff add to my character, blank walls give me anxiety, I can’t live off of ten underwear, etc. Obviously I didn’t fully understand what it actually meant to live on the minimal side because I was making all these assumptions and tried to do what other minimalists were doing.

Thanks to the growing popularity there’s more people sharing their experiences and how they tackle some of the reservations I had years ago. So it’s official: I have chosen to be a minimalist.

To clarify, I’m not becoming a minimalist because it’s trendy. I’m becoming a minimalist because I’ve been living a certain way for a while and I’ve been unhappy. I buy things to feel that rush of excitement of something new but it just meant spending money I don’t have. I feel like minimalism makes sense, not just as an aesthetic or a schtick but logistically.

In this series I’ll be posting updates on how things are going during transitioning, some tips I've read, experiences I encounter and general talks. My goal for following this lifestyle is that my health and spirituality will balance out, I can focus on my projects and I’ll start having a direction for my future.