Why Minimalism Is A Better Way Of Life
The most important things in life aren’t things.
— Anthony D’Angelo
Minimalism is a trending topic these days. Many people routinely advocate and practice minimalist living. And to most people minimalism simply means owning less stuff. But like the blind men describing an elephant, everybody describes minimalism in their own way. In this article, we will tell you exactly what minimalism is, how you can adopt it in your life and how it can change your life.
What is minimalism and how you can be minimal?
Let’s get started with this simple definition:
Minimalism is getting rid of anything which holds us down by requiring our regular attention and care.
We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded by companies urging us to buy more stuff. With discount offers, holiday sales, and enticing free goodies it’s difficult to resist the temptation to buy. And why not? The more things we have the more comfortable our lives would be, right? But in reality owning more stuff makes life more complicated. To illustrate our point, let’s ask you a few questions:
Do you always find it difficult to choose what to wear to work or to a party? Is it because you don’t have any clothes?
On the contrary, it is BECAUSE you have so many clothes that making a choice is difficult. In fact, a lot of the most successful people in the world — like Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg — opt to wear the same clothes every day. This not only saves them time but the clothes they wear each day become their signature style.
Minimalism begins at home. A clutter-free home would give you more room to breathe. It will free you from the obligations of having to look after mundane things, repair them and make storage for them. This will directly translate to more productivity as you would have more time and energy to spend on things that really matter. But the big question here is how do you know what to keep and what to throw away?
Well, you can start with your bedroom. Do you really need your queen size bed? How about that side-table? Are there clothes in your closet you haven’t worn in six months? You can give all of these to charity. Not only will it de-clutter your bedroom and your wardrobe it will also earn you some good karma. Now try doing the same for the rest of your house.
You can extend de-cluttering to your office as well. Get rid of the extra pens, books, and piles of wires lying around for a sleeker and cleaner desk. Clean up the desktop on your computer and keep only the icons you absolutely need.
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