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FAQs about minimalism and living the minimalist life

Why be a minimalist

Minimalism is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value.

It’s a way to escape the excesses of the world around us, the excesses of consumerism, material possessions, clutter, having too much to do, too much debt, too many distractions, too much noise. But too little meaning. 

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Why be a minimalist

Minimalism is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value.

It’s a way to escape the excesses of the world around us, the excesses of consumerism, material possessions, clutter, having too much to do, too much debt, too many distractions, too much noise. But too little meaning. 

Minimalist living

It’s about getting rid of things you do not use or need, leaving an uncluttered, simple environment and an uncluttered, simple life. 

It’s living without an obsession with material things or an obsession with doing everything and doing too much. It’s using simple tools, having a simple wardrobe, carrying little and living lightly.

The benefits of minimalism

  • It’s more sustainable.
  • It’s easier to organize.
  • It’s lower in stress.
  • It’s less expensive and less debt.
  • It’s less cleaning and maintaining.
  • There’s more room for creating, for loved ones, for peace, for doing the things that give you joy.
  • There’s more time for getting healthy.

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Main views of the philosophy of minimalism:
  • Less is More.
  • Eliminate the Unessential. 
  • Live in the Moment.
  • Organize your time and set meaningless activites aside. 
Living with a minimalist mindset is:

1. Choosing quality over quantity. Weed out possessions, people, or thoughts that don’t serve you and focus on what adds value to your life. 

2. Being responsible (financially and otherw...

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Deeper roots

Minimalism is a quiet celebration of space, but bold in the way its simplicity overwhelms.

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Minimalism is about experiencing the world directly and engaging with your surroundings. 

The style now seems more like numbing yourself and creating a protective environment form the overwhelming visual experiences on the internet.

Moral superiority

Minimalism these days has an aura of moral superiority.

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The decluttering process
The decluttering process

To live a simple lifestyle, you’ll need a simple living space. Focus on keeping things that you value deeply, and toss things that you don’t need any longer. 

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Stay mindful

Minimalists live intentionally. If there is something in your life that you don’t love, change it. Cutting out the things that aren’t serving you are the first step to creating the life that you want. 

An exercise that really helps is to write down what an ideal day would look like for you in five years time. Then work toward that goal.

Minimize your relationships

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Tiny steps for the beginner minimalist
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Create Your Own Unique Look

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High-Quality, Long-Lasting Pieces

Once you become more selective about what you keep in your closet, you'll attach a bigger value to each individual piece and will probably no longer be satisfied with cheap, badly manufactured stuff.

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Clean Out Your Closet
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It’s essential to feel confident and comfortable in the clothing you wear. Ditch the seasonal trends and style labels, discover your style and create unique looks you love.

An authentic and timeless wardrobe should reflect your personality and make you feel most like yourself. Ask yourself what your clothing conveys and what fabrics, colors, patterns and fits are you most comfortable wearing.

Save For Staple Items

Quality apparel has a higher price than fast fashion clothing because they use sustainable, lasting fabrics and pay workers fair benefits and wages. Despite the initial cost, over time, you might save money and time as you won’t have to replace clothes too often.

To lessen the financial impact you can shop secondhand (thrift stores also have quality clothing), start small, shop deals and save for the expensive items, such as a winter coat or high-end denim, months in advance.

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“A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.”

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