Minimalism is one of the hottest trends of recent years. People are reducing the number of possessions in their homes significantly in order to streamline their lives and, sometimes, reduce the impact on the environment.
But the problem is that minimalism is usually something described in blogs and magazines. We don’t get to see how the people who adopt these lifestyles actually live.
The purpose of this post is to provide some elucidation on this point. We take a look at what really goes on in minimalist’s lives, and how it affects their living environment.
Quality Over Quantity
One of the overriding trends in the minimalist movement is this idea of quality over quantity. Instead of buying a lot of cheap clothes, true adherents tend to stick with a small capsule wardrobe or more expensive garments.
The same applies to bicycles. Instead of running through a new bike every couple of years, minimalists buy products designed to last for decades.
The list goes on and on. As such, many minimalists are actually avid savers. Instead of putting casual consumption on credit cards, they mindfully stash money away so that they can buy items that will bring genuine joy and contentment to their lives.
Specifically, the quality over quantity mentality makes consumerism “intentional.” Minimalists tend to have a plan for the material objects they want in their lives, and which they don’t.
Externalisation Of Possessions
Another trait of minimalists is their externalization of property. Instead of keeping all their possessions in their homes, they try to farm them out as much as possible to other people.
For example, minimalists are often regular sellers at impromptu trunk sales. These individuals love to flog the stuff they no longer need for discount prices.
They also regularly investigate storage unit prices to see if it is worth renting space there. Having extra capacity away from the home reduces clutter significantly, and lowers stress levels, too.
You’ll also notice that minimalists also make exceptionally thoughtful consumption choices. Instead of jumping on the first thing they see, these savvy individuals take time to deeply consider their consumer needs.
For example, when shopping at the discount store, they won’t grab random items off the shelf believing they need them. Instead, they will take their time to think about how each possession is going to contribute to their lives. If that contribution is lacking, they will simply move on.
Another interesting theme among minimalists is how they also embrace digital minimalism. Instead of spending all day on the computer, talking to people online, they take time away from the internet.
In addition, these individuals tend to be guarded about the notifications they receive and the email subscriber lists they are a part of. Digital minimalism helps to reduce mental confusion and promotes clarity. It can make it easier to navigate the day.
In terms of their homes, you’ll often find minimal computer equipment, if any. And if there is an office, it is in a quiet corner of the house and used for work, not play. #