Minimalism: a style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.
I like the idea of minimalism. When I moved to the UK I adopted this concept. I managed to leave my country behind me with one cabin bag and nothing else. Three years later, not only I could not enter my tiny room, but my office was also filled with boxes and boxes of stuff. From time to time, I find myself needing to move once again. One positive aspect is that I can practice the principles of minimalism once again.
If you have not heard of the concept yet, I recommend you to start with a documentary called Minimalism. This film was made by two American guys who decided to embrace and teach the concept. They call themselves “The Minimalists“. What I like the most about their work is that they invite us to rethink consumerism and what is important in life. Could we lead a happier life by having less stuff?
There are a lot of benefits associated with going “minimal”. On one hand, you might feel that order has been restored in your physical space by having less stuff. On another hand, you are likely to experience a new sense of psychological freedom. Sometimes it feels like we don’t own our stuff but our stuff owns us. That’s why practicing minimalism can contribute a great deal to our well-being.
Where do we start then? Besides watching the documentary, you can adopt the four-decision model I describe below to go about your stuff and gain greater freedom.
Decision #1: Throw it away
Everything that is broken and has no possible use must go straight away to the rubbish bin. Even if it has great sentimental value.
Decision #2: Sell it
Some of the items you bought and barely used can be a source of income. You can list them on Facebook’s marketplace, eBay, or any other platforms you can use to sell your items.
Decision #3: Donate it
Everything that it’s not easy to sell online (e.g. clothes) can go to charity shops.
Decision #4: Keep it
Everything that is essential to your daily living can remain.
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