Minimalism is a journey towards living with less, it is not a destination to white walls and plants. Minimalism is about being intentional about the things you own rather than paring it down to a certain number of items or a certain style.
For example, one minimalist may keep a lot of home decor because it makes their house feel cozy, where another one may choose not to have any at all. Although they perceive “clutter” differently, they can both be minimalists. Minimalism is possible for everyone, regardless of what it looks like!
To help you understand it a little bit more, let’s go over what minimalism truly means and squash some doubts that may be holding you back from trying it out.
What is true minimalism
True minimalism is living a simple life that is tailored to you and your values. This means being intentional about the things you own rather than living with excess or above your means.
When you are able to do this, you can focus on and appreciate the things that matter the most to you. With this comes a sense of contentment instead of a constant search for bigger, better, or newer.
This means that you value the items that you do own and they have a purpose.
can moms be minimalists?
Yes, of course! Not only will you feel more clear minded and have more time to spend with your children, but you will also be teaching them a valuable lesson.
You will be able to show them how to maintain and care for the items that they do have, how you can be happy without living up to societal expectations, and how experiences can be more beneficial than things.
Can you be a minimalist in a big house?
Yes, absolutely. If you are not living outside of your means and you don’t have an an excess of things causing physical or mental clutter, you can live anywhere.
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, anybody can be a minimalist and it can look different for everybody. Some choose to live in RVs so they can travel more while others may choose a bigger house to have room for family. It is all about what you value and how much you feel like you can maintain!
Can you be a minimalist and still have hobbies?
Yes, you can. If you are minimalizing the things that don’t mean as much to you, it will give you more room to enjoy your hobbies.
If your hobby makes you feel like it clutters up your mind, go through and check to make sure you will actually use the items that you have for your hobby. When you have minimalized your hobby down to the things you will actually use, you will be more excited to work with the things you have.
Can you be a minimalist even if you are sentimental?
Yes, you can. As you grow on your minimalism journey you will be able to truly value and appreciate the things that mean the most and let go of the things that you have been holding onto out of guilt that are stashed away in boxes.
There are also many resources that will help you with tips for keeping your sentimental items more minimal. For example, you can take pictures of physical items instead of storing them. That way you can pass them onto someone who will actually use them, but you still have a picture of the memory.
what stops people from trying out minimalism
Fear is the biggest roadblock to trying out minimalism. You can feel fear of getting rid of something that you will regret, fear that you may lose a sense of your identity, or fear of judgement from others.
All of these fears are normal but remind yourself that you do not have to jump into anything. Minimalism is a journey, not a destination. When you start with easier decisions and slowly start making shifts to a more minimalist lifestyle, the decisions will get easier as you go.
As you continue your minimalism journey, you will start experiencing all of the benefits that come along with it. If you are more interested in minimalism after realizing that it is possible for you, come back next week and we will go over how to begin your minimalism journey!
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