Nowadays, a lot of people talk about starting a minimalistic lifestyle. Our associations whit minimalism however only include sparsely decorated apartments or people who own about thirty materialistic goods. What does minimalism actually mean and why do people decide to live that way? We are taking a closer look and get tips from the pros!
Being In Control
No one can deny that we are living in a fast paste time full of consumer goods. We get notified about the next sales via email or push notifications, see ads on Instagram or online shops, adapted to our desires. In fact however, different companies basically control those desires. No wonder, people decide to distance themselves from all that and be free of all of those influences. With a minimalist lifestyle it is definitely easier to get there.
Awareness Of Life
Getting used to the idea that not everything you own is essential in order to be happy is the basic concept of minimalism. It includes questioning your own behaviour and its consequences. Of course, the definition of luck is different for everyone. It is important to separate oneself from things that do not have a positive impact on ones life, in order to make way for more valuable things. Minimalists try to focus on exactly that. A freeing lifestyle controlled by themselves and no one else.
A Lifestyle Becomes A Documentary
Since 2010, the blog theminimalists.com focuses on the topic of minimalism. With four million monthly readers it is one of the most popular ones in its niche. The founders Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus share their personal experience and give advice on the topic by informing them with podcasts, books and lectures. They also produced a documentary called “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things“ that aired on Netflix in 2016. In this movie, Millburn and Nicodemus follow minimalists from different social classes and show why people decide to live that kind of life. Eventually, deciding to live a minimalist lifestyle is about reflecting on life, and not (just) about getting rid of all your belongings. Striving for more materialistic goods is oftentimes what keeps us from being fully free. So how about giving minimalism and its concept a try.