Minimalism is not a lifestyle of comparisons. There is no one formula or right way of living as a minimalist, but simply deciding to live more purposefully. Not allowing possessions to overtake your home and own you. It is, however, living with the perfect amount to fit your specific needs. For some, this will look like a mere few hundred possessions in a tiny house, some choose to keep everything they own in a backpack and live a nomadic lifestyle, and for others, like me, minimalism is a little more camouflaged. My family lives in a moderately sized, 1200 sq. ft. 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home. While my husband and I agree that it’s more space than we need, it makes sense for us to remain here while living a life of purposeful simplicity, for now. No matter your end goals, the key to becoming a minimalist is deciding your purpose- no one else can tell you what that is.
I love the phrase “voluntary simplicity”. These two words describe a conscious decision to reject materialism and consumerism, while allowing yourself to own things without them owning you. Living a life of simplicity.
Possessions often “own” people in different ways, here are just a few examples:
-Sheer volume: Do you have drawers, closets, and cabinets overflowing? Is this causing you to spends copious amounts of free time cleaning or organizing the clutter? This is time that could be spent doing something more meaningful.
-Debt accumulation: Do you feel the need to “keep up with the Joneses”? Will Rogers said it best with, “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” Don’t let other people dictate what goes into your home. What’s the point of trying to impress them if you are spiraling further into debt to buy unneeded things? I, for one, choose sanity, simplicity, and financial peace over opinions that don’t matter! Real friends don’t care about your “stuff” anyway!
-Discontentment: when is enough, enough? That feeling of elated excitement when you make a new purchase eventually fades, giving discontentment the opportunity to creep back in. This cycle will continue unless you make the decision to stop it. To realize that whatever void you are experiencing will never be filled with things. Make an effort to discover contentment through gratitude, breaking the cycle of consumerism.
Every day I make the decision to live a life of voluntary simplicity. Although it has been a process and will continue to evolve with each season of life, I have never felt a greater sense of joy! Will you join me in living a life of purpose?