It’s not as complicated as it sounds. It takes a little willpower and commitment; but, if you’re really committed to making the change, then it doesn’t take too long either.
The trick is this: You stop buying stuff that you don’t need and that you don’t use. Period.
When I decided to join the club of minimalists, I didn’t know what I was getting into. At that time, I was just tired of being surrounded by so much unnecessary stuff that just takes up space in my home and in my life. So, this lifestyle change is essentially a two-pronged approach: (1) You stop buying stuff and (2) you get rid of the stuff that you already have.
For me, this is a gradual process – I am still working on it, but here’s my progress up to now:
I stopped buying books because I realized that most of them just take up space and collect dust. I also stopped buying DVDs, CDs, and video games because most of them just get played once and never again.
I no longer buy clothes that don’t serve a particular need or purpose (like work clothes). I can still remember all the times before when I would just go shopping during weekends because it feels so good to buy new stuff. But, I still do this… I just don’t spend as much money on it anymore.
Tossing Stuff Out
The process of getting rid of unnecessary things is very liberating and cathartic – and it’s surprisingly easy. Thanks to Craigslist and freecycle, getting rid of practically anything is a piece of cake.
So, that is my progress up to now. It might not be a lot, but I have cut my wardrobe in half. Most of the clothes that I bought before are no longer wearable or they just don’t look good anymore. In any case, it’s a start for me given all the clutter in my closets and in my life.
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism is about the process of removing superfluous items from one’s life. It is a lifestyle choice that emphasizes living with just enough, or with what you need to live an enjoyable life.
Minimalism is not about deprivation or asceticism, but instead, it can be seen as an elevation of simplicity. It does not have anything to do with how much money someone has, nor does it have anything to do with how big your house is or your car. You can have an entire house full of things and still be a minimalist.
The path to minimalism is different for everyone.
Minimalism can be hard, or it can also be easy if you know how to do it right. The trick is this: You keep buying stuff until you have just what you need to survive and then after that point, you stop buying unnecessary things.
It is as simple as that.
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