Although minimalism is a concept which has been around for centuries, it has recently become a trend, which people are opting for. It’s plastered across mainstream media and has been seen across various industries including: fashion, design, technology, food etc.
Minimalism has traditionally been linked to pure, intentional art and design concepts. Underlying this is more than that: it’s the process of identifying what is essential in your life and eliminating the rest. Essentially, less is more.
It is a lifestyle choice that many people adhere to for a multitude of reasons. People who adapt to this lifestyle aren’t necessarily left with no choice (ie. lack of money or resources), but rather see the importance in this ideology.
The modern lifestyles in which we live are far from minimalistic. Surrounded by distractions, we often find it difficult to make time to enjoy the simple things in life; like spending time with loved ones, cooking, exercising or simply just doing nothing. Were too busy being overwhelmed mental, physical and digital clutter? That results in increased anxiety and overall sense of dissatisfaction
Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. 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 that there’s inherently anything wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff; often forsaking our health, relationships, passions, personal growth and desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car, Raise a family, have a career? If these things are important to you, by all means, have at it! Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, as your judgment isn’t clouded by the things around you.
Except having a tidy closet and a clear mind, there is one huge advantage to living a minimalist life. That is, being more productive. Eliminating the extra bumps endorsed in your daily life, you will gain more free time for, well…everything. This is because you have more time to pursue what’s important to you.