The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~Hans Hofmann, Introduction to the Bootstrap, 1993
At first I thought it was just a trend, a buzzword that brands were tacking on to every new thing to come out. Then I did a little bit more research in to the real meaning of a minimalist lifestyle and I found that it goes wayyyy beyond wearing neutrals and having an all white bedroom. There may actually be something to the mantra of "less is more"
I dove a little deeper into the true meaning of living a minimalist life and how it could possibly benefit me in the future.
Most people think (myself included) that if they work more hours, make more money, and buy more things that their level of happiness will increase as a result, but I'm learning that that is actually the contrary.
"Minimalism isn’t all about ridding consumerism, products and clutter from your life. Minimalism is about finding your own sense of self and focusing on the things your love. It is about creating a lifestyle that is streamlined and focused around only those people and things that enrich you. It is about the core of what makes you happy, and chances are it isn’t that boring office job that sounds cool or that bin full of purses." - Joshua Becker - BecomingMinimalist.com
I would like to go on the record and say that I absolutely hate labels in every sense of the word. I hate labels and the idea that you have to be a specific type of person in order to be doing something. do it. don't call it anything. decide what you want to do and do it.
I decided I should take some steps to simplify my life in attempt to be less stressed and more productive.
Things I'm going to do to simplify my life
Make every purchase deliberate. In attempt to purge my life of unnecessary things, I am going to try and shop less. Or at least for everything I buy, get rid of one thing. Basically, be mindful and not irrational. Like I buy an insane amount of cups and water bottles. I don't know why. Like I see them and I need them, it's weird. So I realize now that needing so many bottles is irrational.
Also, spend less money buying things, and more money doing things.
Purge my technology. Basically, clean out phone contacts that you know you're never gonna talk to again and those ones that you dont even remember who they are. Also not hoarding old text messages. Screenshot important things (or incriminating things???) and delete the rest. There's no need to go back and relive the past.
Same with social media. if you know that someone's posts irritate you then don't follow them. it's very simple. get rid of unnecessary things.
Establish a work "uniform." Uniform sounds wierd but its the same concept. I already know what outfits I feel best in when I'm at work, so I'm trying to put together a wardrobe that incorporates just that, and with peices that I can mix and match. It really occurred to me and I had this like lightbulb moment when I was thinking to myself "I wish I could just wear this everyday" and
Avoid sale/clearance racks: This goes back to making every purchase deliberate. If it's not something you would pay full price for anyways you probably dont need it and just because it's only like a dollar you still probably don't need it.
Simplify my bedroom. I've been tracking my sleep habits and doing some reasearch and pretty much everyone says that you should not have a television in your room, and that your bedroom should be the most relaxing place in your home. This is hard for me because I love watching TV in bed. But I do need to simplify my room. This might come organically when I purge my wardrobe and other things but I am going to make an active effort to keep my room simple. I say simple instead of clean because the idea seems to be that when you have less things that you don't need, things tend to stay clean longer. And when things are already organized neatly, you spend less time stressing about cleaning. And being minimal is really about freeing up your time/space/energy in order to fill it with things you truly love.
Lastly, make my own rules. You don't have to read a book or a blog to tell you how to live. If you think you're interested in simplyfying, come up with ways that work for you. For example, I remember reading one instance where a woman loved to cook and had a great kitchen. She said that she wanted to minimize her belongings but she would never minimize her kitchen. and that's okay. make your own rules that are going to make you comfortable and happy.
Also, a pared down lifestyle doesn’t mean less success or less fun or less creativity. It represents free space in your life to focus on things that you really want to accomplish.
what are you thoughts on simplifying?
worth a shot? completely stupid? I need to know.
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