What have I learned about Minimalism? 

What have I learned about minimalism in my study to find out more about this fascinating topic?

I learned that minimalism is an extension of the work I do with decluttering and organizing. It is also flexible to different live circumstances you can practise this if you are single and travelling the world like (Collin Wright does), you can be a minimalist in a family like Joshua Becker and Leo Babauta does. 

I got excited about dumping all my stuff which I do regularly anyway.

I felt nostalgia back to the time I backpacked around Australia as an eighteen-year-old. All my worldly possessions I had fitted into one backpack I call this year (a “short” 17 years ago) the best year of my life. Life was simple, adventurous, budget friendly and I wasn’t as jaded as I am now .

Minimalism and capitalism

After watching the movie and the YouTube videos, I then really, really wanted the bag that Matt D’Avelia and the Minimalist endorse, the reason was I want to focus on what is important in my life, travel, writing and studying. Going back to my golden era of the 18-year-old backpacker who traveled Australia.

Fast forward all these years, it also showed, that even though in the whole scheme of things I am pretty good, I am definitely a product of a capitalist society (which makes me somewhat sad but it is a reality all of us are in).

I learned about minimalism that it can be applied in many ways 

One of the great things I learned about minimalism is that it can be used in many different instances;

  • Food and eating
  • Exercise and health
  • Spaces 
  • Possessions
  • Clothes

Some of these I am still exploring, and I love the many layers this topic has. 

I am now constantly asking how can I minimize things, spaces, actions and decisions etc. in order to make life simpler, more meaning full, quieter?

I learned about Minimalism that we still need stuff

And whilst I would like to live a super simple live, the last thing I learned was when I went on a short break, we need a lot of stuff. I was frustrated how difficult it can be to be a minimalist both at home and on the road as we simply use a lot of stuff in this day and age. Whether we “need” body boards, several different thicknesses of jackets etc. hats, is up for debate however at 35 years of age I want comforts. I am not the 18-year-old backpacker I was, I have responsibilities, more money and I want to be comfortable as well. 

Whilst I sat with the topic of minimalism for several weeks, I also found it a bit restrictive and spartan – even though it takes a different shape and form for every person. 

A key thing that Joshua and Ryan mentioned is that you don’t need to call it minimalism if you don’t want to. So, I have come up with two different terms, “enoughism” and “completism”. They are in my mind slight variations on minimalism, they have a more positive ring to them and they might make more sense or fit certain periods of life, or certain lifestyles more. 

Both “enoughism” and “completism” will be explored further in other articles (I am very excited as I have debuted on Medium for those articles).

For now, I know that whatever you call it, whatever you do decluttering and organizing fit into any of the terms and complement whatever “ism” you want to bring into your life at whatever stage of life you are in.

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