An increased number of people are choosing to simplify their lives and adopt less clutter in their lives. They are letting go of consumerism and embracing conscious consumption. They are recognising they don’t need more stuff to make them happy.
If you’ve decided to follow this lifestyle, to fully stick to your new resolution of simplifying, make sure you avoid the stores and their tempting displays of shoes and handbags for sale this new year.
Bloggers The Minimalists are trying to encourage the world to live a more meaningful life. They want everyone to enjoy the little things in life. They things which really count.
They explain: “Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less; rather, we focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. More freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room.
“Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s important things—which actually aren’t things at all.”
This is something which has been found to be true for us psychologically. According to Psychology Today: “Perhaps minimalism isn’t primarily about minimizing the amount of stuff we own. Maybe at its core it’s more about maximizing the amount of time, attention, and energy we have available for the most important things in our lives.”
Another blogger, Caroline Rector of Un-Fancy, lives with just 37 pieces of clothing. She decided she would be happier when she didn’t have as many items in her wardrobe.
“Well, not too long ago I looked around and saw that all of the stuff I’d accumulated needed my time and attention. I wondered if I could trade my stuff for more time, contentment, and joy. So I started to release my stuff, one thing at a time, and continue on my journey — a little lighter and a little happier.
“Before too long, the journey led me to my closet, and I tried out a capsule wardrobe for the first time. I thought I’d hate it. I mean, shopping was my thing. But it turned out, having less in my closet made me feel like I had more.”
During the course of 2015, much attention was paid to a book written about this subject. Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up recommends you hold each item in your home in your hand and ask yourself: “Does this bring me joy?”
“The inside of a house or apartment after decluttering has much in common with a Shinto shrine … a place where there are no unnecessary things, and our thoughts become clear,” she writes.
“It is the place where we appreciate all the things that support us. It is where we review and rethink about ourselves.”
She recommends everyone do an immediate purge, by throwing away or donating the goods which don’t bring joy into your life. You are then discouraged from buying new goods and instead use that same strategy to only bring into the home those items which give you joy.