Minimalism is a movement that favors experiences over material possessions. I give the elevator speech of what I do here at Vacay Visionary surely a hundred times per week. Without fail the number one question people ask after my pitch is, "What is minimalism?"
At this point, I almost feel like I am selling the concept of minimalism. The vast majority of people I meet surprisingly have not heard of the concept. It is fun educating people on how becoming a minimalist can, in fact, improve their lives. However, most of my conversations are centered around all the things that minimalism isn't.
Things Minimalism Isn't:
Owning only as many items as can fit in a backpack
Having less than 100 possessions
Only having one pair of shoes or jacket or bra or (insert any item here)
An empty pantry
Getting rid of family heirlooms or incredibly sentimental items
Empty walls and no decorations
Living in a tiny home or off grid
People have all kinds of pre-conceived notions about how strict the rules are for minimalists. Being a minimalist doesn't require joining a club or taking a test, contrarily minimalism is what you make it. Don't let the scary extreme versions of minimalism deter you from implementing minimalist principles into your life.
What is Minimalism?
It is a verb
Actively choosing to have less so you can experience more
Having items that serve a purpose (hint: that purpose can be that it makes you feel good)
In general, being able to find any item you are looking for
Not feeling overwhelmed by your possessions
Healthy attachments to items
Less stress, more calm
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Becoming a minimalist allows room for experiences beyond the burden items cause most people. How many times have you heard someone say they can't do something because they are cleaning their house or complain how hard it was having people over because cleaning took so long? Minimalists have a much easier time maintaining their homes because they don't have so many personal objects to contend with.
What is minimalism to you?