A Minimalist Lifestyle

Yes, I’m a Minimalist, And No, I’m Not Getting Rid of That!



You might think a minimalist lifestyle is all about giving away everything you own, moving to an all white room with just a mattress and a notepad, but its not! A minimalist lifestyle is about clearing or storing the clutter from your life and adjusting your mindset so you can live with more purpose and peace. Sound easy, right? Well based on my personal experience at first it wasn't, believe me at times I felt like I was one of those old ladies in an episode of Hoarders not wanting to get rid of anything. But in the process, I realized there is no ideal minimalist to aspire, and just because I'm becoming a minimalist it doesn't mean I have to get rid of everything. My personal goal was to feel good, be simple, and have a meaningful and pressure-free life.

Moving a bit forward it has been about six months since I've decided to become more minimal and after getting rid of a ton of stuff, I can officially say it has made me feel so happy, healthy, and truly at peace. Since minimalism has become a part of my lifestyle I decided I should start sharing about it on my blog. Maybe eventually I will have a whole section on my blog dedicated to my minimalist lifestyle but for now, let's talk about a few things I have learned about living a minimalist lifestyle.

You Don't Need All Your Stuff, So Get Rid of Some.

Almost everyone owns a few things they don’t really need and I realized that while going through my stuff. However, getting rid of your stuff can be difficult. Why? Because many people like me have personal attachment to their stuff or believe those things will be needed...someday. But you need to change your mindset, if you haven't used something in a really long time and you don't see yourself using it anytime soon, just get rid of it. All that clothing that no longer fits you or is not your style anymore, get rid if it. Old books and magazines, just get rid of it! If you’re looking at getting rid of some of  your stuff the obvious solution is usually to throw things away, but if you have anything in good condition you can also sell it or donate it. So here is some advice on how I got rid of certain things:

  1. Books: Donate them to our local library.
  2. Used clothing: Donate them to our local thrift store.
  3. Collectibles: See if they're worth something on eBay and if they are sell them. 
  4. New or slightly used makeup/skincare products: Gift them to your friends & family.

Less Stuff Equals More Experiences.

For a long time, I kept finding myself always wanting more and more. I kept telling myself that I would take a break from buying but eventually sooner than later I found something else I liked, and the shopping cycle continued. Personally, I really hated that about myself. However, the reason we do this to ourselves is because many people like myself feel trapped in the consumer culture! And in case you are wondering, what is consumer culture? Consumer culture can be broadly defined as a culture where social status, and values are centered on the consumption of goods and services. Just think about it, that $1,000 purse can cost just as much, or more than planning a trip and/or an experience. I am someone who has always valued experiences but I also love really nice things. Yes that expensive designer purse might be a beautiful thing to own but realistically I rather experience a fun and memorable trip with my partner or my family. Remember living a minimalist lifestyle is not only about getting rid of your possessions, it’s also about valuing experiences rather than physical things.

Now, since becoming a minimalist, I've been able to save more money for future experiences and keep in mind sometimes you don’t necessarily need money to enjoy an experience. I personally have found many ways of enjoying experiences without having to use any money and keep in mind living a minimalist lifestyle can do wonders for your finances.

Quality Over Quantity! 

Yes I know, you probably already heard the popular quality over quantity phrase but its true! When someone becomes a minimalist you tend to buy less but when you do want to buy something, you make sure it’s a quality item that is built to last. For example, personally I now rather spend money on buying one or two higher quality shirts that are made from better material and by people who are paid fairly, instead of 10 cheap shirts, that are most likely made in a sweatshop and will get ruined fast. Same thing goes with kitchen items, instead of buying a new set of plastic measuring cups or plastic food containers every year,  I purchased one high-quality glass or ceramic set, that will last me for the rest of my life.

Living a minimalist lifestyle is still very new to me and I am still learning something new everyday and while doing some research on the topic of minimalism and how to become a minimalist, I found this incredible description of minimalism taken from The Minimalists, and I wanted to end this post with it because it's something I often go back to read to remind myself why I am living a minimalist lifestyle.

  • "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."

I hope you enjoyed today's post and as always, thank you so much for reading!

What's your opinion?

  1. This is a really nice post. I consider myself to be a "minimalist" and it's been such a liberating feeling to get rid of things I no longer use or have love for. I'm so much more happier with only keeping things that I actually use. One thing I still occasionally struggle with is impulse buys. Sometimes I'll randomly find something and feel the urge of buying it immediately. I've gotten better though, and try to take a step back and ask myself, "do you really need this?", and it works.

    I think you would really like the book The Curated Closet. I learn so much from it on becoming a lot more minimal with my closet.

    xo
    Juliana | Ohhjuliana

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