Should You Be A Minimalist?

 
 

BY TYSON POPPLESTONE
 

Minimalism is so hot right now.

An awareness of the benefits of living a life with less has made a resurgence in our culture where consumerism is king, and most of us have become slaves to an illusion.  

But what is minimalism?

Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t mean throwing away everything we own and living a life without possessions. Instead, it looks at removing the excess in our life, to make room for the essentials. It allows us to create space for the things we really value, not just the things we’ve been told to. 

Though it's beneficial to all of us, I want to recommend it to any of you in the following groups:
 

  • You’re in debt Most of the time, debt is something we volunteer for. It begins when we don’t have enough to make the purchase, so the bank lends us the money we need. This is perfect for a culture seeking gratification through continual upgrades, but a big problem for those of us trying to catch up on our finances. Minimising will help you question each purchase. 
     
  • Deciding what to wear each morning makes you stressed Most of us have more clothes than we need, but not enough to be content. In the name of fashion, we crave more clothes, but practically, we don’t need them. Creating a minimal closet will help. 

  • Your health is suffering Health is something we must make time for. If this area of our lives is suffering, every other area will suffer. Creating space in your life will help you focus on your health. Here are thirty tips to simplify your life and create the space you need to focus on your health. 
     
  • You can never find your wallet or keys Do they always get lost amongst the chaos of your house? It’s difficult to lose things in the mess when there is no mess. 

  • You can't organise all your stuff The best way to organise your stuff is to get rid of most of it.

  • You’re already craving the iPhone 8 Advertising relies on us craving a sense of joy that we believe their products will provide. Minimalism chooses to live practically, rather than upgrading because it's what we're told to do. 

  • You own things you haven’t used in twelve months Do you have a place you store all the things you might use one-day? For many of us, it’s in the garage. Rather than store things you don't need, get rid of them. 

  • You buy it on impulse or because it’s on sale Rather than making purchases based on sales prices, make purchases based on what you need. 
     
  • Looking at your desk makes you stressed Our physical space has an impact on our headspace. If you’re feeling as though your work area is impossible to sort out, then clean off the excess. What are the essentials? Clear the rest.
     
  • It’s hard to keep up with your social media feeds Minimalism is not something that relates solely to our physical space. If you're having trouble keeping up with what everyone is doing maybe its time to step away from a couple of social platforms and follow fewer people.
     

If you're interested in getting started, I highly recommend starting with this 30-Day Minimalism Game.