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When Less is More - could you live a minimalist lifestyle?

What does it mean to be 'minimalist'?

Minimalism is described as 'intentional living with only the things you absolutely need'. It's having fewer material items so you can:

* Do more with your time and life;

* Spend less time on and around stuff;

* Spend less money on buying and maintaining things and on the ongoing cost

of things;

* Live with purpose and only have what is required to live;

* Have less and still be satisfied.

Have you ever considered a minimalist lifestyle? Would it be something you could decide to do and sustain? If you stood in your house and looked around at everything you've got, purchased, worked for, could you or would you be prepared to live without a lot of it?

Even considering living a minimalist lifestyle makes me really think. I already know I have a lot of things I really don't use or even need. Being stuck inside during these Covid lockdowns has made me realise just how much I'm not going to the shops to buy more clothes, shoes and things I probably don't need. That there is a difference between wanting something and really needing it. That we work hard to pay for a roof over our heads and survive and possibly sustain a certain lifestyle, full of things, and I'm wondering if it's all worth it.

I watched a great Netflix movie on the weekend about minimalism. One of the two men on the show decided to give minimalism a try. His radical approach was to have a 'packing party' and pack everything he owned into boxes and put them in his living room. He was only allowed to remove things he needed from the boxes. After a few weeks of living this way, he realised that he had around 80% of his items still in the boxes, making him see just how much he really didn't need. This moment convinced him that he could become a minimalist. He also reported just how much he started enjoying his life more after making the change. This decision also allowed him to leave a stressful job, get a smaller and less expensive home and look at life from a more centred and intentional place.

Minimalists often report having less stress, worry and chaos in their lives. They usually don't seek out to have the best of everything or have the urge to keep up with everyone else because they don't need stuff to make them happy or fill a void; they can enjoy the simple things in life. They save money because they don't have to spend money constantly buying things, paying off the debt to have those things and simplify their budget and life. They can also have more time because they don't have to deal with so much stuff, clean so much stuff and may have a more organised home.

From what I've seen and learned, I minimalism isn't about having nothing and giving up everything, it's just about looking at having the basic things to live and not living in abundance. What one person needs to live varies to the next person so I'm sure that a person could determine how their minimalist lifestyle would look. There are no set rules.

When we look at our attachment to our things, not all of us could or would want to consider this way of life. It's definitely not for everyone. Personally, I find it very interesting. As I get older, I don't feel the need to keep a lot of the things I've gathered over the years. Each time I've moved house I've cleaned out more and more. What I need more of now is time, simplicity, money to travel and have experiences with. I don't need the best car, house, brands of clothes and giving an impression of having it all. Perhaps my priorities have changed.

Whether you're a minimalist or not, it's always a good idea to look at what we have, how much of it we have and what it means to us. It never hurts to take a look at how we're living and reorganise it into where we are in this moment of our lives.

Definitely somethings to consider. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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