What is a minimalist and how to be one?
I love shopping, especially shopping for clothes, shoes, and earrings. The problem with this is half of the stuff I buy I wear one time or I simply never wear them. The sad thing? I still buy more. I didn’t realize how many things I had until I had to move to a different place. I was overwhelmed, I even remember crying. The unfortunate truth is that we not only get attached to people but also to things. This is the sad part. For some of us, it is extremely hard to let go of stuff. We might have an emotional attachment to a thing because it was given to us from parents, close friends, or the simple reason– you know that “just in case” (guilty of that).
After realizing how much I spent on things I never used, I felt guilt, and finally understood what my dad meant when he used to say don’t collect things, they don’t matter. I finally, recycled most of my clothes, shoes, and jewelry. Things don’t make you happy and if they do, it is temporary. I’d rather spend more money traveling the world then spending it on things that don’t matter, I told myself (listening to my dad’s advice.).
Here is one of the methods I used to get rid of my stuff: “If you didn’t wear something for a year or two, you are probably never going to be wearing it, get rid of it.” There the minimalist way of living came to my way. This is a great idea to unclutter your mind and your house. After some intense research, I found the best explanation of a minimalistic person:
“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.
That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately.”
What happens after you get rid of unnecessary stuff?
You have more space to stretch, you are relieved, you get a stress free home, you save more money, perhaps to travel more and most of all you are free of guilt. I highly recommend doing this, once it’s done you will feel much happier. One of the steps to a happier you.