On Meaning

What does minimalism mean?

It is often misunderstood as a lifestyle choice, reserved only for the rich who can afford it, for the young who have the time, or for the single monks who want to ditch everything they own.

But in reality, you don’t have to be rich, or young, or willing to live in a cave. You can be the person who works fifty hours a week to make ends meet. You could be retired and want a new start in life. You could have a huge family with all of the clothes and toys that comes with having four kids.

Minimalism is more of a philosophy than just a lifestyle choice. It is a way of thinking that questions the way most of us are raised—to value physical possessions as a way to prove our worth.

Minimalism rejects this. You don’t need a nice car to ‘prove’ that you are successful. You don’t need designer clothes or a holiday home to ‘prove’ that you are worth anything. It’s what you do that matters, not what you have. That’s what minimalism means.

In the same way, minimalism is not about what you don’t have. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to get rid of everything you own. So what if you have a few trinkets, books, or photos you want to keep? You can have whatever you want as long as it adds value to your life.

There are no set rules in minimalism. It’s not a club that says you can’t join unless you’ve reduced your wardrobe to five shirts and four socks. Anybody who believes they deserve a better life is welcome.

Minimalism is about removing distractions, no matter what they are, and it’s different for everybody.

Minimalism is about making room for what matters, no matter what it is, and it’s different for everybody.

Minimalism means a happier life.

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