Decluttering

Making sense of minimalism


For the longest time, I have been meaning to get rid of some stuff.

Last month, I sold two pair of shoes and gave one pair away for free. A few days before that, we got rid of more than 10 games from our old console for cheap. Just this past week, I have secluded a bag full of clothing to be sent home.

And this isn’t the first time I had this kind of episode in my life.

People close to me know that I have been on/off with smart phones. It has consumed me to the point that I have decided to submit myself to digital detox.

I guess the same dilemma applies when it comes to owning. Having too much of anything has always bothered something within me.

Disclaimer though, I do not consider myself a minimalist and it’s mostly because I never truly exerted enough effort to understand it.

And so — kindly treat this as an attempt to educate myself about minimalism.


Minimalism is clarity

Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important — so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom
 — The Minimalists

The idea that it’s not entirely about anti-consumerism and it’s mostly about leading a purpose-driven life is foreign to me before.

Minimalism is less about giving up the desire to possess and more about getting rid of life’s excesses in order to focus on the things that contribute to your life’s purpose(s).

Everything that you need is all that you have; everything that you have serves a purpose.


Minimalism is freedom

“I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community,” 
 — Mark Zuckerberg

Silicon Valley studs Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are both notorious for wearing the same thing every single day.

A self-confessed choice minimalist, Zuckerberg have made a decision to totally eliminate options with regards to his daily outfit because making pointless decisions cripples performance.

By choosing not to engage in this war on choice, he has effectively saved himself from unnecessary decision fatigue, which apparently affects an individual’s willpower to make a more meaningful decision.

This I can completely relate to; having too much options have always inexplicably overwhelmed me.


Minimalism is relative

If you are able to say with absolute certainty, “This is important to me. My Little Ponies are my life and being involved with them is what makes me want to get up in the morning,” you should invest more time and effort in your collection. 
—Colin Wright

Minimalism is way of life which can never be defined by a finite set of rules.

Of course, it goes without saying that too much varies from person to person. That’s why I feel so dumb for thinking that minimalists adhere to some sort of limit to the number of things that they posses.

Minimalism is a conscious effort to consistently reassess your priorities in order to identify your excesses in life. Keyword: your.


Minimalism is simple; it’s an affirmation that you can to cut off all the complexities in life.

Minimalism is a way for you to create more breathing room; it provides flexibility so that we can focus on the more important things.

Minimalism is a continuous effort; it is consistently challenging yourself not to be affected by societal standards.

Or I don’t know.

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