While minimalism tends to define art, music, design or architecture, a minimalism lifestyle defines the practice of simple, frugal living.
It encompasses personal choices and beliefs about consumerism, the pace of life and the value of having less - less money, less "stuff", less distractions, less stress.
Minimalism states that anything above or beyond necessity is wasteful, distracting and creates disharmony in one's self, relationships and society.
How often do we feel rushed, stressed, overwhelmed or exhausted? The amount of stuff we own or must take care of, the endless things we feel we need to do and the work it requires to maintain our modern way of living leaves plenty of us feeling that way.
Minimalism holds the answer for many people.
By eliminating unnecessary distractions, the minimalism lifestyle allows a person to slow down, become aware or mindful of their actions and impacts, acknowledge or appreciate things that matter and remain connected to themselves, their spirituality or their loved ones.
Some may choose simply, frugal living out of necessity: in order to make ends meet they need to downsize their home, possessions or activities.
And some see the connection between our over-scheduled, wasteful or consumeristic habits and our environmental impact and choose minimalism as a way to live sustainably.
The personal application of minimalism will vary from person to person. What may be too much for one person is considered a necessity to others. Therefore defining minimalism by specific actions is impossible. But there are some common themes to be found in this way of life.
Regardless of why a person chooses or how they implement their minimalism lifestyle, it is very obvious that simple, frugal living has a positive impact on our families, frame of mind and our carbon footprint.
All of this information on the minimalism lifestyle can be informative and inspirational, but agreeing with it doesn't mean much without action behind your words.
If you're ready to get started, I'd recommend the following Steps first:
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