Minimalism is becoming increasingly popular as the opposite of consumerism. Although it is something that we have known for a long time, we are trying to revive its principles.
Usually, everything in life experiences rises and falls, as is the case when we endanger our health and the planet with our lifestyle. When this situation comes up we are trying to save it as fast as possible.
As Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, a charming couple promoting minimalism, point out, if you look at it from the right perspective it is actually a path to freedom, thus to happiness and satisfaction. It’s a way to minimize the unnecessary and reach to the maximum. Although it is a little shabby idea, less is more. It is alpha and omega not only for minimalism. There is no need to be afraid of terms such as reduction, minimization, moderation, or functionality. After all, it’s a lot of fun, and you’ll quickly realize that this way of thinking is healthy for body and mind.
First Step: Setting Priorities
One of the first things that come to your mind could be getting rid of things and a room with little furniture and simple design. Naturally, this is one of the ways. However, there is more. One thing is what minimalism means and the other what is its result. First and foremost, it is about setting the priorities according to which we want to live a full life. However, setting priorities is not always an easy task. When considering these aspects we find out that we should promote such qualities as better relationships or diet and routine. Somehow we naturally start a healthy tendency to reduce the excess. However, this does not mean we need to get rid of everything material. Whatever you desire, and it doesn’t always matter whether it’s abstract or material, minimalism is a way to exclude the meaningless from your life and to have space for what fulfills you the most. It’s a great way to prioritize quality over quantity, protect yourself and people around you.
Minimalism as a lifestyle can be perfectly applied in all areas of our lives. It is a complex concept and when you discover its magic it will drive you forward.
Do you feel the need to surround yourself with people you want to spend your free time with, but don’t have time? Or the contrary, are you surrounded by energy vampires? It is the setting of priorities and minimizing of unimportant in life that can make it easier for you to create such a space. Good and healthy relationships are the foundation on which everything else is built a little easier.
Do you long for a timeless wardrobe that will not bore you after a short time and will last long? Let’s do it! It just takes a little effort and patience. Again apply the rule: quality over quantity. You will carefully choose new clothes which will make you happy longer and will last longer too. And if you also support great fair trade fashion, the joy will be multiplied.
The principles of minimalism can be applied really anywhere – as well as in eating and buying good raw materials, in design, when traveling, or even in the way you get gifts for loved ones. It’s actually one big interconnected circle of amazing possibilities, where you can create space for your joys by minimizing the unnecessary.
Text: Miriama Vojteková, photo: Pexels