Minimalism Objections

I created a post on Minimalism awhile back, but I've decided to go a little deeper into it and share some more of my thoughts on it as well as some minimalism struggles. So first off, what is minimalism again? Well it's different for everyone, but ultimately it's all about being more with less. Simplifying your life. Owning only the daily life essentials + limited number of items with personal meaning/value. However, like I said, it's different for everyone. Some people, who I like to say take it to the next level, count all their belongings and try to own only 100 items or less. I suppose counting is a good way of measuring your material possessions, but I really don't think it's necessary. I think when people start counting, it turns it into a challenge of who can own the least and that's not really what it's all about. To me, it's about owning things I use frequently or find real joy in. Decluttering my space. And while it's about removing junk from your house, it's also about keeping it out. Not buying random stuff at the store just because. Get it out and keep it out. That goes for all materiel possessions. Movies, books, clothes, decorations, furniture, utensils, makeup; the list goes on. If something was only taking up space, I removed it from my life. In saying that, I have had a hard time getting rid of certain things, or the junk has slowly started to pile back up. I figured I would share some "struggles" with minimalism and how to overcome them.

1. Minimalism sounds too overwhelming and I have too much stuff.
Minimalism is a journey. It's not something that happens overnight! It's a slow process. If diving straight into your entire house at once seems a bit too stressful, start in a certain room. Or for instance, you can make it a goal every day to get rid of one or two small items you don't need. Maybe every time you do the laundry, you can pick out an article of clothing to sell. After a few months, you'll be surprised with how many clothes you never wear or items you don't use.

2. I may get rid of something I will need in the future. 
I had a hard time with this one, especially when it came to clothes. I'd keep a shirt I hadn't worn in over six months because I just might wear it again given the right opportunity. Well I was wrong. Once I overcame this feeling, I did a tremendous job in down-sizing my closet, and let me tell you, I can't even remember 98% of the stuff I got rid of + I felt so much better not having the extra crap around. That just shows you of how little importance it truly had to me. If you're having a hard time getting rid of something you feel like you may need down the road, you can always just replace it once you actually need it.

3. Buying things makes me happy. 
As humans, we are always looking for this hole or void to fill... but no matter how much we obtain, we are never truly fulfilled. Society teaches us that it's better to have more stuff. Better stuff. For some people, buying things gives them that little high, or happy feeling - but it doesn't last. Sure you may be excited you just added more stuff to your possession, but at the end of the day, you just bought more crap you probably that on't use and you have less money in your bank account. The happiness and excitement is short-lived, temporary, and fades fast.

4. How would I be happy with less? 
Well for starters, you have less to worry about. Less to clean, less to maintain, and less to manage. You're tied down to less. You feel a sense of freedom and there's no longer clutter to distract you. People often claim that they are able think more clear. With less clothes, you have less of a hard time deciding on what to wear. Thinking about moving? Things just got easier now that you own less items to move.

I think some people look at is as a "fad" and claim they could never be a minimalist because of "restrictions," but it's not about that. It's a tool for finding freedom. To be more with less. Creating more, consuming less. Saving money. Growing as individuals and contributing beyond ourselves. Having less to be tied down to. Not letting ourselves be defined by our possessions, but by who we are as people. I think minimalism is a wonderful movement and it's really neat that more people are getting into it.

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