As mentioned in a previous post, I love to start my new year with a theme in mind. It serves as my focus and guiding light. It helps me prioritize if I ever face a dilemma/decision or if I ever fall off the path. This year, my theme is Minimalism. When you hear the words minimalism, the first thing that comes to mind is getting rid of stuff, living with less, not buying anything new, and living in a small white room with no furniture or pictures on the wall. This could be true, but in most cases it’s not.
So, what is minimalism?
Minimalism is a design and lifestyle movement towards simplicity and the idea of reassessing your priorities so that you can strip away the excess stuff that don’t bring value to your life. Simply defined, a minimalist is someone who decides to be intentional about what things (possessions, people, ideas) they include in their life.
What it means to me?
For me, it means eschewing chaos for peace, and prioritizing my time doing what’s important to me. Clearing away the distractions so I can create something incredible. Clearing away all the obligations so I can spend time with loved ones. Clearing away the noise so I can concentrate on my inner peace, on my spirituality, on my thinking. It is simply a way of reminding myself to be present, to live simply, to keep myself centered and at peace as I make my slow journey to creating good habits and achieving my goals. Minimalism to me means buying less and experiencing more. Being mindful of everything that I have. Meaning making sure that everything I own is something that I love, something that brings me joy, or it’s something that I absolutely need. It means keeping the important things close to me and clear out the rest of the clutter. Less is more.
Why become a minimalist.
It’s a way to escape the excesses of the world around me — the excesses of consumerism, material possessions, clutter, having too much to do, too many distractions, too much noise. But too little meaning. Minimalism helps you focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value. It’s lower in stress. It’s less expensive. It’s less cleaning and maintaining. It’s more enjoyable. There’s more room for creating, for loved ones, for peace, for doing the things that gives you joy. There’s more time for getting healthy. It’s more sustainable. It’s easier to organize.
What you need to understand about minimalism.
Minimalism is just a concept. If you are interested in the idea, don’t feel obligated to stick to any strict rules. Use it as a guideline to your lifestyle. Don’t feel that you have to follow everything, line by line. Just take the parts of minimalism that you like and if there is anything that you don’t like, discard it. Minimalism is not about having a set number of items. If minimalism were a game in which the person with the fewest things wins, then you can consider me a loser before the opening bell. It is more about the mindset you have towards your things. As long as you are fully aware of your possessions and you actively made the decision of keeping those things in your life, you could be considered as a minimalist.
What is your theme for 2016?