Minimalism: How Getting Rid Of Quantity Has Made Room For Quality Of Life

Recently, I noticed more and more people use the term minimalist to describe themselves and their lifestyle. At first I thought it was a fad and later learned it was really a type of lifestyle that people chose to live by. I decided to start researching it and learned alot about it. I realized that everything I learned about minimalism is aligned with my current goals and plans, and so little by little I have been transitioning my household to a minimalist lifestyle.

So what is minimalim you ask?

 you desire to live with fewer material possessions, or not own a car or a television, or travel all over the world, then minimalism can lend a hand. But that’s not the point.

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. 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 there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions...

There are plenty of successful minimalists who lead appreciably different lives. But how can these people be so different and yet still be minimalists? That brings us back to our original question: What is minimalism? If we had to sum it up in a single sentence, we would say, Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
— https://www.theminimalists.com/minimalism/

Why it’s for us? Minimalism is for my family because we have many dreams and goals for our present and future. Some of these goals include travel, adventure and spending more time building memories. There use to be a time when my husband and I use to work very long hours and rarely saw each other. The mentality usually is, work hard so that you can have and do all the things you want. However, when you are solely focusing on the working hard part, you are not giving yourself any time to achieve the things you want part. 

The other part about minimalism is the fact that you are de-cluttering and freeing yourself of mess and stuff that clutters your home, and makes you feel overwhelmed, and doesn’t allow you to think right. Think about it, the less you have the less messes can be made, and a clean de-cluttered home is necessary to achieve a positive well being. The goal is to have quality over quantity, and those things that are a little more expensive at first, last you much longer than getting multiples of one item that might have been cheaper initially, but cost you more in the long run.

 

That doesn’t mean we stop buying all things all together, or that we won’t shop anymore. Instead, I now make it a habit to take a second before I purchase something and ask myself, do I NEED this? If the answer is no then I put it back. Believe it or not, that really has been helpful when I am out shopping. We also have been focusing on the quality aspect of it and letting go of multiples as well as little by little de-cluttering my entire home and keeping only items that we NEED or make us very happy (read more here). So in the end, the goal with minimalism is to do more of the things we want by getting rid of the things we don’t need.