What is minimalism?
Minimalism is a tool which can assist your community in finding more freedom. Freedom from fear, worry, overwhelm, guilt and even mental health issues. Freedom from the clutter and trappings of the consumer culture we have built our lives around over the years.
It does not mean there is anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. The problem seems to be the meaning people assign to our ‘stuff’. We tend to give too much significance to our things, often forsaking our health, relationships, passions, personal growth, and our desire to contribute to the community.
Minimalism does not mean we should not have possessions; it merely allows you to make decisions more consciously, more deliberately about what we own and what we do with it. It is the little things which provide the best environment in which a community will flourish.
A minimalist’s life is about living easier with less on your plate and therefore less stress. Minimalism reduces our impact on the environment, as with less ‘stuff’, there is a lower incidence of pollution as the community becomes more environmentally conscious.
With a minimalist approach, remove clutter, improve performance and lifestyle
Minimalism is an intentional approach to conserving the community’s, in fact, the world’s, finite resources and doing it on purpose. It is a culture which embraces the promotion of the things we love most followed by a simultaneous decrease in the stuff we do not need.
Minimalism is seen by many as a lifestyle choice. It is now positively embraced across the world, as more people become aware of the fragile nature of our environment. People see the waste building up in our ugly landfills and waterways and seek to do something about it. Minimalists believe less is more, the less you have, the more satisfaction individual will derive from their lifestyles.
More people are starting to realise possessions are not the only thing which signifies wealth. Minimalism escapes the grasp of consumerism and encourages the boosting of family, community and relationship, with more personal interaction and more real-life connections with people in a minimalist lifestyle.
The best way to achieve any goals is to ensure there are plans put in place for achieving the outcomes you want while improving lifestyles. Making plans sites individuals in the best position to achieve their goals and make use of the resources minimalism can provide, while helping them to embrace the best lifestyle, they can afford.
Compelling reasons to become a minimalist
- It provides a purpose.Living as a minimalist teaches people to appreciate what they value most. It is for this reason individuals choose to be minimalists. They are inspired to follow their dreams and to see a growing and sustainable community.
- It promotes healthier minds and attitudes towards the community.In a minimalist’s life, there is less junk to feed the brain. It enables people to have a clearer perspective on issues and desires, without any mental distraction.
- Better community relationships.A minimalist lifestyle offers more time for personal relationships and interaction with other community members. It reduces the time spent on managing ‘stuff’.
- Less financial problems.By living a minimalist life, options such as smaller housing come in. The evolution of tiny houses has seen to the slashing on electric costs and mortgage costs. By living with less, there is less to pay for on a timely basis.
- It ensures appreciation for what goes on in the community. The minimalist lifestyle enables the charity to begin at home. It also allows more people to help those who cannot help themselves. As a result, everyone around them can grow and move their actions to create a better community.
- Minimalism can help young people to succeed. Minimalist living encourages young people to appreciate what they have and to be more focused on what they want to pursue in life. It enables more time for them to focus on studies and other worthwhile projects.
How to encourage minimalism in the community
It is easy to feel you know how-to-do something you are not doing. The things you are not doing will often seem more straightforward than the stuff you are doing. Understanding minimalism differs radically from knowing how.
Perhaps the best way to increase the understanding and activities associated with minimalism is by example. Encourage community leaders, businesses and non-profit organisations to set the pace and the standards.
Your head-knowledge can create the illusion of perceived knowledge. In other words, being told how to do something makes you feel you know how to do it, even if you have not done it before.
- Do some research. While many people may have heard about minimalism, there are many misconceptions associated with it. It is therefore prudent to first have the community understand what the lifestyle is all about, and what it can do for them.
- Set some objectives. Objectives should focus on having all possessions serve a useful purpose while being functional and well maintained.
- Stop hoarding. Collecting unnecessary items takes up space which could better serve individuals or the community.
Look at the old sheds; you will find there is ‘stuff’ everywhere taking up valuable space.
- Decide what is important. You need to identify items with actual value to the community. Far too much ‘stuff’ is stored, ‘just in case it is needed’. Clean out the storage places of both individuals and the community and repurpose the space.
- Only shop for essentials. Minimalism does not mean you stop shopping for goods and services. It maintains just shopping for essentials. It is to ensure you do not waste resources on the unnecessary. The result of this is that the people end up concentrating their efforts only on essential activities geared towards them achieving their goals.
There are many ways to foster minimalism
- Travel lightly. Every time you take a journey, choose to carry only a few items to minimise baggage and wastage.
- Embrace multipurpose tools. Instead of using many tools for different purposes, use a single device which has many functions. Why buy a screwdriver and a corkscrew when you can buy a Swiss Army Knife.
Always seek out multipurpose tools to save resources, time and money.
- Choose quality over quantity. The simple fact is quality items last longer than cheap alternatives. Buy the highest quality you can afford, and you will win in the long run.
- Before getting an item, get rid of another. One good rule of thumb is before purchasing something, get rid of similar things already owned.
- Get rid of emotional clutter. Just as the physical clutter can eat into physical space, emotional confusion and worry take up mental space. Avoid emotional baggage, by focusing on healthy outlets to ensure your psychological state is in sync with your physical space.
- Dissociate value from material things. Stop placing too much value on your possessions, place importance on essential items and activities.
- Less social media. Less time wasted consuming non-essential information. Social media a powerful tool for communication and business, but it often serves as a platform for people to share vain and otherwise non-helpful details on their lives for which you have no use. Social media also encourages unnecessary spending due to unrelenting ads.
- Digitize everything you can. Books and papers are space consuming. Digital formats for data and information can sit in your multipurpose computer, or smartphone and allow you hold a much more substantial amount of information as compared to books and paper. E-books, online newspapers, music downloads instead of CDs, all help to ensure you do not fill your business or personal space with unnecessary clutter.
Enjoy living a minimalist lifestyle
Reduce the clatter across the community. Once you know what you have, you can then identify the useless ‘stuff’ and either recycle, repurpose or dispose of it. Minimalism is about living with what you need. Taking out the unnecessary items from people’s lives reduces both the waste and the mental effort managing ‘stuff’.
Get rid of the excess. On top of getting rid of rubbish and unnecessary items, look at disposing of any surpluses to requirements. Items from household items to community plant and equipment can be sold off, shared or given over to a worthwhile purpose.
- Eat simple and healthy foods. The minimalist lifestyle extends to eating habits. Eat foods which meet nutrition standards and try not to overindulge with expensive foods or foods which are difficult to prepare.
- Dress with less.Make more use of the clothes you have. Fewer shoes, clothes and accessories may sound punitive, but it makes life less complicated and reduces clutter in your wardrobe.
- Borrow whatever you do not need to buy. While it may be nice to own your items, minimalists are encouraged to borrow instead. It reduces the number of possessions and helps ensure you do not accumulate clutter or become a hoarder.
Once you have adopted or decided to live a minimalist lifestyle, appreciate the little things you have and always live every single day thanking yourself for the path you have taken. Stop making excuses; it requires self-discipline and honesty to analyse items which offer no value beyond a purely aesthetic one.
Avoid luxuries and other excesses if they do not help to serve a useful purpose. It can prove to be a challenge particularly for a community or person who is full of excuses.
Minimalists enjoy a pristine environment; they have the time to enjoy it.
Minimalism creates opportunities where others see none
Individuals who live a minimalistic lifestyle become used to living with less allowing them to achieve more. As a result, in an area where most people would be willing to quit, they can survive with less and seek new ways to prosper.
- Enable entrepreneurship to flourish.There are very few things if any, holding ann entrepreneur As minimalist entrepreneurs, they have all more time to focus on what matters to them and the community.
- Understand what people appreciate most. Take time to review all the assets in the community. It is not just an exercise in awareness of you have; It should include a review of the ‘hard’ assets as well as the ‘soft’ assets. Unfortunately, there are too many people in our regional communities who do not appreciate what they have.
- Focus on talents and abilities.With less to stress about, there is more time to think of constructive matters. You will see the growth of these talents and capacity to help others in the community.
- Give a boost in confidence.People, who have identified their purpose in a more minimalistic community, have set their visions right and are on the road to realising their dreams with more confidence.
- Less stress. The basic concept of minimalism entails less. By having ‘stuff’ to deal with or to store, the individuals are set to be stress on the security of all items or where to save By practising a culture of minimalism; there is less stress due to fewer things to worry people.
- Promote healthier lifestyles.By having less, more attention to improving lifestyles, better diets, more exercise and better sleeping habits, is forthcoming.
“The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less”. Socrates
“Minimalism is not having less. Minimalism is essential if you want to focus”. Peter Sergeant