What is minimalism?

There are so many different interpretations as to what minimalism means. I first heard the term back when I was an art student and was studying Bauhaus art. Recently I stumbled upon Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus (The Minimalists) and their interpretation. A minimalist lifestyle is not for everyone, and if you think of it as living with nothing in a white empty flat with no furniture, then this isn’t for me either. However, living a minimalist life in an attempt to minimise stuff that you simple do not need in an attempt to live a more fulfilling life, then count me in.

Minimalism can be a vital tool that helps us to find real freedom. This freedom can be from worry, anxiety, the consumer culture. It can assist us in removing ourselves from meaningless material possessions and allow us to really focus on the things that we really want and need, and achieving the lifestyle that genuinely makes us happy. It allows us to make more conscious and deliberate choices.

Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favour of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfilment, and freedom.

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus

The minimalist feel that by removing excess and living more purposeful, this can help us to:

  • Eliminate our discontent
  • Reclaim our time
  • Live in the moment
  • Pursue our passions
  • Discover our missions
  • Experience real freedom
  • Create more, consume less
  • Focus on our health
  • Grow as individuals
  • Contribute beyond ourselves
  • Rid ourselves of excess stuff
  • Discover purpose in our lives