A minimalist tries to downsize, declutter and organize all aspects of their life. In doing so, one escapes the stresses placed upon the psyche by the many distractions and excesses of modern society. This allows the non-essential items in life to be replaced by what’s truly important. Nowadays, too little emphasis is placed on simply enjoying the simple things in life. A minimalist refocuses on these things and in doing so reaps the rewards of eschewing the meaningless aspects of life.
Choosing to refocus life on the items that bring you the most joy is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Sometimes it’s difficult to balance the minimalist lifestyle against the rigors of living in a modern society. It is difficult to trim the fat that we’ve been programmed to believe is a necessary part of living, but it can be done. Once you adjust to your minimalist lifestyle, you will find yourself wondering how you survived the unnecessary stresses you used to place upon yourself.
Now is the best time to clear away the distractions that block you from attaining your true happiness. Break out of the cluttered mind state you’ve been conditioned to believe is normal. Wash away the unneeded stresses of life and turn down the volume on all of the background noise.
The first step of minimalism is getting rid of the things you don’t truly need. Look around you. I’ll bet there is a ton of items right there in the room with you that you don’t need. Items that don’t enhance your life or happiness and only serve to clutter your life and make it harder to see the ultimate goal.
Getting rid of the items you don’t use or need may be stressful at first. You will find yourself stressing out and wondering if you are going to regret getting rid of your worldly belongings. This is because you, you’ve been programmed to believe that your worldly possessions dictate your value as a human being. Getting rid of these possessions is part of the healing process.
As you clear the clutter around you, you will find yourself feeling free and refreshed. All you need to be happy is a handful of simple tools, a simple wardrobe and a few personal items that truly bring you joy.
As you eschew your obsession with personal belongings and begin to focus on doing less instead of trying to do more to get those items, you will find yourself relaxing more. You will need less money because you’ll only need cash fro life’s essentials. By eliminating life’s excesses, you clear up spaces for the more important things; things that bring you joy instead of added stress.
Just how much of a minimalist you want to become is entirely up to you. I’m not suggesting you wake up tomorrow morning and give away all of your personal belongings. Instead, start slowly but surely getting rid of an item here, an item there. Got rid of items you don’t need or use and don’t replace them. Free up your schedule so your focus is on doing less and decluttering your schedule. Some minimalists have forgotten about schedules altogether, instead opting to live in the moment, going where life takes them. In reality, this probably isn’t feasible, but the more you can open up your schedule, the better.
Smaller is better. Living in a smaller place with less stuff means you will spend less time cleaning your home and less time searching for the things you need.
Minimalism is all about streamlining your lifestyle in a manner that makes it free of complications and conclusions in an attempt to reach true inner peace. The fun is in the process; there is no final destination. You will have to work at it continually because those around you are constantly going to be at odds with your lifestyle. People are programmed to believe complicated is better. A minimalists believes the exact opposite . True simplicity is true beauty and is the key to inner happiness.