Minimalism Isn’t About Deprivation

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You may be wondering if minimalism is right for you. Or you may have already dismissed it as something you’d never want to get close to.

But if you’re reading this, I’m willing to bet that a part of you is wondering about it. Wondering if it’s possible to pare things down and not feel somehow… deprived.

Remember this always:

Minimalism isn’t about depriving yourself of anything.

Minimalism doesn’t equal poverty.

Minimalism is not about giving everything away and going to live in a monastery.

Instead, you should look at minimalism as a tool to help you. To prevent and cure overwhelm in all areas of life: work, home, leisure (leisure? what leisure? I hear you cry).

Having less has so many benefits

  • Less stuff to tidy up
  • Easier to clean
  • More space
  • Easier to find things
  • A calmer environment
  • Greater focus
  • Greater clarity
  • Less distraction
  • Easier to prioritise
  • Easier to be spontaneous

I have found that it also spills over into other areas, giving you better control of your money, more relaxation time and even better sleep.

The best thing about it is that you don’t actually have to get rid of anything that you don’t want to. YOU define what your needs are and what you want to keep in your life and your home.

And there is nothing to say that you can’t chose single items of luxury instead of multiple cheaper versions. Have one beautiful watch that goes with everything instead of several cheaper ones. Buy less clothes, but make them better quality.

Minimalism doesn’t have a direct relationship with money, so don’t build a bridge where there isn’t one.

It provides guidelines for a journey that can take you out of stagnation and forward onto achieving goals that you didn’t know you could attain.

In fact, as far as deprivation goes, minimalism can give you the opposite: abundance (hows that for a hippy word?). Clearing the decks not only allows you to appreciate what you do have, but it clears the way for new things (not necessarily physical) to come into your life.

And who would argue with that?

Action points

  • Think about the things that you do not need anymore. What is genuinely never going to be used again – these are the things to start letting go.
  • Think about who you really are. When you define yourself and your values, it becomes easier to know what you do and don’t need in your life.
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