Introduction to the Minimalist Lifestyle

03-05-2021

For some time now, I’ve been inspired by the podcasts, blogs, and documentaries of The Minimalists.

Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things, so we can make room for life’s most important things, which actually aren’t things at all.

Joshua Fields Millburn, Less Is Now, 2021

After watching the first documentary featuring Joshua and Ryan, Minimalism, I was fascinated by the idea of decluttering. Yet, I didn’t actually dare to start the 30 Day Minimalism Game. And no, I definitely didn’t do the Packing Game either.

And then, I realized, we were already decluttering our lives. You see, both my wife and I collected and hoarded all this stuff in our house for years. Stuff we bought on flea markets, in stores, and in webshops. When the pandemic started in early 2020, we had a bit more time on our hands, and we were forced to stay home. So we started to clean out some boxes. I think we already got rid of more than half of it after a few weeks. It felt good. We were relieved. And we even created some extra space in our home.

But we are not there yet. We take our time to declutter everything. Some of the stuff is sold online and most of it is donated. So it doesn’t matter how you declutter your life. It’s just important that you do. Less stuff is actually making you happier.

We really hope we can add value to your life by encouraging you to let go. To imagine a life with more. More time, more meaningful relationships, more growth, and contribution, and contentment.

A life of passion, unencumbered by the trappings of the chaotic world around you. What you’re imagining is an intentional life. Not a perfect life. Not even an easy life. But a simple one.

And to get there, you might have to let go of some stuff that’s in the way.

Ryan Nicodemus, Less Is Now, 2021

The best advice I can give you is to take on the minimalist challenge in your own way. There are no rules. Living as a minimalist doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything. But it’s about keeping the stuff that matters, the stuff that adds value to your life. And only you can decide what that is.

Minimalism can even take you further. Getting rid of stuff is a great start. But Minimalism is also a mindset. Start with decluttering your mind, your work, your relationships, or anything that feels overwhelming from time to time.

It’s a belief that you don’t need to be perfect in everything you do. You don’t have to compare yourself to others all the time. Mute those notifications on your smartphone. Say no to jobs you can’t handle. Keep your calendar in control by adding pauses to breathe.

Take a moment to reflect. And wonder how your life can be better when you can do more with less.

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