What Is Minimalism
Minimalism means throwing away unnecessary things. Like superfluous objects, rusted friendships, and activities that serve no important purpose. What remains is only what gives joy and is satisfying. Minimalism maximizes the meaningful and valuable.
It has nothing to do with renunciation, austerity, and asceticism. Those who live minimalist waste no time, money and energy for unimportant things and have more of life.
Minimalism carries us on
Minimalism helps to find out what your goals and desires are. The reduction frees the view. It helps to discover what means something and what you want to achieve in life.
Being minimalist will eventually make you realize what is needed to achieve something – and what does not contribute to it.
There is no such thing as minimalism.
Some people limit their possessions to 100 things, for others it means to consistently do only what makes them happy. For most, it means, first and foremost, deciding what to spend time, energy and money to achieve goals and desires. briefly, everyone has to find out for himself what his minimalism looks like.
Minimalist lifestyle – that’s how it works
To live a minimalist life, it is necessary to reduce possessions, activities and social relationships and to only keep what is significant and pleasurable.
Things that are not used and do not bring pleasure to disappear. Activities that do not help to reach an important goal are abandoned. The same applies to social contacts and friendships. If it does not bring joy, it is time to say goodbye.
This may sound radical. it seems like a lot of work. But even the first steps are very liberating. Ideally, you start small. First, the wardrobe is cleared out, then the entire apartment and, last but not least, the serious cases, such as relationships or the job.
Minimalism does not require throwing the entire past life overboard. Sentimental memories, such as letters or pictures, can remain. As long as they bring joy. But it helps immensely to get rid of as much as possible to even acknowledge what your own goals and desires are.
Minimalism – what’s in it for me?
what minimalism offers us in private and professional life?
1- Minimalism Is Enjoyment
Reduction and renunciation are often equated with austerity and austerity. But minimalism means the opposite. It’s more about working less to enjoy more.
A minimalist lifestyle is intended to remove anything that disturbs what is perceived as unpleasant and does not hinder the achievement of personal desires.
2- Minimalism is liberating
What sounds off the hook at first is a decisive and, above all, sustainable advantage. People who start living in a minimalistic way get rid of material and emotional baggage. Most of it is stressful in some way. Be it the unused sports equipment, which only reminds you that the inner bastard always has the upper hand or everything one has to do without wanting to do it. Saying goodbye is very liberating.
3- Minimalism creates clarity
The less superfluous you carry around, the simple your life will be. People who carry too many unnecessary things obscures their vision.
The better the view becomes clearing out, the easier it is to recognize relationships and separate the important from the unimportant.
Suddenly you work more effectively, more and more often make the right decision and know better to distinguish between unimportant and important.
4- Minimalism gives you control
Those who have more clarity about their priorities and know what they won’t take control of their actions. Often we make decisions under great pressure and the influence of external factors, without being clear about our priorities.
Ultimately, we do not decide for ourselves. However, if we succeed in gaining clarity, we can also take control of our actions. Since we are responsible, it’s only right.
5- Minimalism helps to focus
Minimalism means concentrating on the essential, omitting everything else. What remains is only what serves a purpose and brings joy. To make it effective and sustainable, it needs to get our full concentration. Truly important is far too important that we can do it at the same time as other things.
Multitasking is not minimalistic and extremely unproductive. Focusing on just one thing increases productivity immensely.
6- Minimalism brings more (free) time
Whoever gets rid of unnecessary tasks has more time. Very easily. More time to enjoy. But also more time to plan and work more sustainably. In professional life is often only jumped between tasks back and forth. Everything happens at the last minute and under enormous time pressure. There is no time to plan in peace, to develop ideas or to question critically planned things. Finding out which activity makes sense and serves to achieve goals is almost impossible. Reduction helps a lot here. Also, a minimalist household makes everyday life easier. The less standing around, the easier it is to keep order.
7- Minimalist life, maximum awareness
The more minimalist something is, the greater the enjoyment. Sounds contradictory? But it is not. Much that is supposed to bring joy brings more stress. Because it is not made aware. We do at least three things at once. Mostly we associate unpleasant activities with pleasant ones. But that does not work. We can not enjoy the beauty and unpleasant we devote only a portion of our attention. Then the result is often worthless and we can do it again.
A typical picture from a typical office shows a person working on his computer eating a piece of chocolate. Does he enjoy her? Does he even know how she tastes? Hardly likely. Then it brings nothing.
Better: First work and then a short break to eat the chocolate. That too is minimalism. Do an activity as consciously as possible without distraction. So you get out of the simple chocolate pleasure the maximum out.
8- Abstract minimalism
Minimalism helps to distinguish the unimportant from the important and thus to gain clarity about one’s own goals and desires. Reducing ownership, activities, and relationships gives you more time for yourself and the really important things.
13 Ways To Become A Minimalist
1- Just go on foot
As comfortable as it may be – just leave your car and do not get on the subway. Imagine walking to work, shopping or dating on at least one set day per week. Why? If you’re on foot you do not have to worry about the traffic or the crowded train, you just have to concentrate on yourself and you do not need any fuel or electricity. Minimalist does not work.
2- Ask yourself: do I really need that?
That’s not as banal as it sounds. Because all of us are constantly buying things we do not really need just because they are cheap, available or in. But (according to the Fight Club character Tyler Durden): The things we own someday have us – because we care about them, deal with them, and take care of them. If you want to live easier, just do not buy anything.
3- Cook yourself with fresh ingredients
Ready-made and semi-prepared meals are anything but minimalistic: they are full of additives. “Real” food does not need that. Therefore, cook for yourself: with fresh, simple ingredients from the region, with time, leisure and rest. It’s better for you and the planet – and good food is known to make you happy. Just like a minimalist life.
4- Eat less meat
The low prices in the discounters let us forget, but meat is actually luxury. Again, it says: rather less, but better quality. Anyone who does so saves money, effort and can open up completely new perspectives. And does not the thought that no animal has to die for you make you any happier? Not for nothing are many well-known minimalists vegetarians or vegans …
5- Build your own food
Even on the smallest balcony or window sill, you can grow little vegetables or herbs. The resulting foods are definitely free of additives, packaging and do not require long transport routes – and you eat what is just growing. And even if it’s just sprouts or a few tomatoes – own food makes you happy and quite proud.
6- Get out of the city
Escape every now and then from the city and the everyday life and spend a weekend outside – and not in the abundance of a luxury hotel: on the lake, in the mountains, in a hut or tent, far away from everything. The tranquility, simplicity, and closeness to nature is not only good for you but is also more sustainable (if not in the SUV) than shopping and clubbing in the city. And gives you a glimpse of what a truly minimalist life could look like.
7- Drink more tap water
If you still carry bottles, even though the only really vital drink comes from the faucet at home, it’s your own fault. Just put an end to expensive drinks in plastic bottles and drink tap water – that saves money and makes your life a little bit easier.
8- Just switch off
The TV is on stand-by, the clothes dryer is running, the smartphone is charging and all the lights are on – just switch off. Consciously reducing its power consumption automatically makes it more minimalist. And happier – if not immediately, then at the latest when the electricity bill comes.
9- Repair yourself
Living Minimalist means not only getting along with a few things but also using things as long as possible. Try to repair yourself when something breaks down next time. Often this is much easier than you think, but it gives us a whole new appreciation for everyday objects and abilities.
10- Smoke out your closet
Betting, you find parts that you have not worn forever and probably will not wear anymore? You do not have to reduce your cupboard contents to a handful of parts just like some minimalism “professionals”. But just say something radically (without filling up the cupboard afterward!) It is very liberating. And one step on the path to a simpler life: the less hanging in your closet, the less time you have to struggle in the morning with the question of what you want to wear – and the more time you have for more important things.
11- Buy packaging free
Less packaging means less waste – so less unnecessary stuff. And also less waste of time for unpacking, disposal, etc. Of course this is not always and everywhere, but for example, at weekly markets or in plastic-free shops, shopping works without plastic waste.
12- Inform yourself about minimalism
You can follow the youtube channel “The Minimalists” I found it’s the best way to get the most important information from tow of minimalism leaders Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus you can get their book Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life
13- Take time for yourself
Living in a minimalistic way means not always striving for entertainment and society. Take more time for you alone and for things that will do you good. Do yoga, go for a walk or just do absolutely nothing. Everyone finds relaxation and peace in their own way – it is not important how, but that one comes to rest now and then. If you can not do it otherwise, set a fixed time for it. One, two hours a week for you all alone are definitely in it.