“Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.”
I adopted minimalism as a philosophy several years ago, but only really started engaging with it in the last year or so. I’m a pretty complex person (Enneagram 7, Multipotentialite), so it’s really easy for me to accumulate, because “what if…?” Minimalism is my check against that, the necessary tension that keeps things in balance, but even more then that I view minimalism as what keeps me nimble enough to be so diverse in my interests. If I were weighed down with a glut of frick, I wouldn’t be able to change directions very easily.
Simplicity is also a spiritual discipline, and I think I finally understand why. It has less to do with the “cares of this world,” and more do to with creating space, opening up, and finding freedom. To someone like me, simplicity for simplicity’s sake is boring as hell, and I always felt bad about feeling that way. I would make a terrible monk.
The shift came when I pushed myself more and more to get rid of “someday” items, and focus on interests/projects I was already working on or had near-term plans for. Some of that felt like letting dreams die, but what it really did was free up time and energy to focus on the present, and things I enjoyed. I wasn’t putting happiness on layaway in my garage anymore.
So now it’s fun. I try to push myself to see how minimal I can go, but I stop at the boundaries of functionality and joy (a la Marie Kondo). My most recent GTFO (get-the-frick-out) projects were my clothes and our kitchen, I’ll write about them in more detail at a later time. For now, I’ll leave you with a handful of places I go for minimalist inspiration:
- The Minimalists
- Becoming Minimalist
- Both of these had interviews with Rob Bell, here and here
- LifeEdited, especially Graham Hill’s stuff
- And taking it all the way down to zero, the Zeromalist
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