Most people immediately assume that minimalism means some sort of insane, monkish living – getting rid of all but a single pair of shoes, counting your possessions and adopting a life free of color and devoid of the joie de vivre that comes with owning “excess” things like champagne flutes.
As with anything, I believe minimalism is best in moderation.
Buying things because you need them now, not because you might need them later.
Needing a reason to say yes, rather than a reason to say no.
Knowing what you need versus what you want, and allowing space for both.
This is important: do you actually need something, or do you want it? In my world, there’s a place for both, but it’s important to understand the distinction and respond accordingly. Needs are for now, but wants are negotiable. If you can’t decide, try mentally switching up your environment. Would you still need this in a different country? In a different career? In a different relationship? Do you need it forever? Choose which of your long-term wants that should be classified as goals, and then work towards those while saying no to everything else.
Owning only what brings you joy (and ideally, that you know to be useful).
Shopping with a plan.
Spending your resources (time + money) how you want to spend them.
Having (and wearing!) only your favorite things.
Avoiding useless guilt.
Living in a clean and clutter-free space.
Getting rid of the things that don’t matter to make room for the things that do.
What do you think?