What Is Minimalism?
One thing I have been seeing a lot of online, is Minimalism. With Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus bringing minimalism into the foreground with their Netflix Documentary the movement has been picking us speed. I decided to use some of the methodology for my latest packing for six months of life!
“Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.”
Quoted directly from the Minimalists themselves.
The say that by owning less, and ownig only things you truly love, use and need you free up yourself to live a better, richer and more concious life. Here are some of the other benefits from their website:
- Eliminate our discontent
- Reclaim our time
- Live in the moment
- Pursue our passions
- Discover our missions
- Experience real freedom
- Create more, consume less
- Focus on our health
- Grow as individuals
- Contribute beyond ourselves
- Rid ourselves of excess stuff
- Discover purpose in our lives
I can certainly feel the draw of this freedom, especially if you consider how many bikinis I own :
Am I a Hoarder?
I grew up with closets bursting with clothes and more toys than I could carry. I know this because I used to create emergency fire drills in my room to see how many, and which toys I would save in case of a fire. Yeah, I have always been a planner. In the past 4 years however, owning many things stopped being as appealing as it once was when I was a young child. I have moved around 13 times since 2012 which has made me a very good packer and a hater of the many possessions I own.