I’m not going to talk about minimalism in art. No, no. I want to talk about the idea of minimalism in our everyday lives. About few months ago, I came across these two dudes from the U.S. called The Minimalists. Found out that they’re a pretty big deal. After doing some good old Google research, I realised that some of the stuff they stand for is quite relevant to me and that I’m actually digging it.
First things first, this is how they define minimalism.
It’s quite simple: to be a minimalist you must live with less than 100 things, you can’t own a car or a home or a television, you can’t have a career, you must live in exotic hard-to-pronounce places all over the world, you must start a blog, you can’t have children, and you must be a young white male from a privileged background.
Obviously, they’re joking… you get that, right?
They then move on explaining what’s minimalism all about. I’ll try to explain the idea of minimalism in my own words. So, minimalism is cutting down on sh!t you don’t need and living a type of lifestyle that doesn’t require to have much. In other words, minimalism is decluttering your space (office space, car, living space or whatever other space) in order to gain clarity and a sense of comfort in your life.
Last fall, right before leaving to Australia, I decided to go through my closet. I wanted to take stuff that I thought I’ll really need. To be honest, I was surprised in how much crap I’ve found, and even more surprised that more than 95% of that crap I haven’t used/worn in the past 6 months.
Now, does that ring a bell? Have you been in a similar situation?
That’s why recently, I’ve been thinking more and more about this idea of minimalism and how it could impact my daily life.
Don’t get me wrong, being a minimalist, does not mean that you need to throw away everything you own and leave on a pair of pants, two pairs of socks, a shirt, one plate or…you get the point. It doesn’t have to be that extreme. Unless, of course, you want to take it to that level. As I understand, the concept of minimalism is all about helping you to find freedom. Freedom from all the unnecessary sh!t that’s around you.
Of course, if you’re a very clean and tidy person, always organised and stuff, you might think that you’re golden, but I’m sure that you still got some old folders, papers or some sort of junk that’s just there. You keep thinking, “I might need it one day”. Well, why don’t take a picture of those papers, scan them and put them on your hard drive and then burn them? (maybe that’s a bit extreme…).
I think that the idea of minimalism is something that’s fascinating, fresh and worth looking into. Now, by no means, am I saying, starting tomorrow, be a minimalist. No. I’m encouraging you to read/think/learn about it. Maybe one or two things might apply to you, or maybe it’s going to change your life completely? Or maybe it won’t have any affect on you? Who knows?!
Again, I’m not saying it’s great or it’s bad. This is just an idea, a concept that I, personally, found quite challenging, but educational and the more I learn/listen/read about it the more interesting it gets.
I recommend you to go to their website at www.theminimalists.com and just browse a bit. They also have a pretty cool Podcast, if you’re into that kind of stuff. Two dudes that are pretty funny and easy to listen to. Also, what attracts me to these guys is how they built their whole brand and this movement over the past few years. It could be a great branding/marketing case study (…maybe), but that’s a whole different subject.
Thanks for reading, would love to hear your take on this idea of minimalism.
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