Minimalism is a fairly new buzz word that describes a lifestyle of living with the bare minimum amount of personal possessions. It also encompasses being content and not desiring to have more. The idea is to live with just what you need or want and letting go of the rest.

Think about the feeling you have after you clean out your closet. You have three bags of clothes headed for Goodwill and what remains in the closet is now arranged perfectly with the clothes neatly facing the same direction. It is such a good feeling to keep only the things we need or want. Now imagine doing this to every part of your home – all the closets, drawers, and cabinets – all purged of the things that are not being used.

The opposite of living minimally is clutter. We keep everything! The more space we have, the more things we tend to store; it can become very overwhelming. 

Why purge? “Stuff” weighs us down, just like those extra ten pounds, which is where the phrase “less is more” starts to make sense. Having a few LESS cooking pots means it won’t be difficult to get out the pot you need, and so you cook MORE. Having LESS clothes means you can wear your favorites MORE often. Having LESS art supplies means you can focus MORE on the mediums you love.

Caution: minimalism doesn’t mean throwing everything away. But it does mean you want to get rid of things you rarely use or really don’t want. I suggest filling a box or bag of what you don’t want and put it in your car. Leave it there for a day or even a week just to make sure you didn’t hastily get rid of it. The experience is so freeing!

Shed those ten pounds, purge that closet, empty that bookshelf! Minimalism can mean just trimming down or a full blown diet – that’s up to you. Most importantly, it means you are making choices about how you want to live and helps you focus on what matters most to you.

Featured photo by Davide Cantelli on Unsplash.