Welcome to the first post in my mini series about Minimalism.
I have decided to write about it in depth, as it has come to affect my life in a great way recently. Minimalism has enhanced everything that I do, so I therefore thought I would pass on some of the love and tips I have discovered within it.
Minimalism can be thought of as diametrically opposite to materialism, and we will talk about why that is later, but that does not mean you will learn, how to become a hippie in these posts. These posts are only intended, to inspire you, to seek perfection in everything you do.
The minimalistic mind-set can be applied to everything: art, your personal finances, a training program, business, design, relationships….. everything.
“Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something. — NICHOLAS BURROUGHS”
I believe minimalism is the mindfull effort to reduce everything down to its perfect essence.
Let’s talk about that idea, in the context of the stuff you own for today.
You might think, that the answer to the question of how much you should own is easy: “the more, the better”. But I don’t think that is true at all.
I think there is a limit to how many cars you should own – having several cars will take a lot of your time, by having to maintain them (clean them, drive them to the mechanic and so on).
I think there is a limit to how much close you should have. Too many choices in your closet makes you a little decision fatigued every day.
I think your house can be too big even. Having to heat 11 rooms, that you don’t use is just stupid and bad for the environment as well.
So there is always an upper limit to how many units you should own of a particular thing.
To own 1 pair of shoes is always better than owning only 0. But 100 pair of shoes may also be an overkill.
So think about it: How many shoes do you really need? You probably need a pair for working out, maybe a pair for everyday use, and a pair for work. For most people (or most men) that’s it! Each pair has a specific purpose, or a function. If you decide to buy an extra pair of shoes for working out, you are not getting an extra function. You are only getting a back-up for a functionality that you already have.
I understand it, if shoes are your hobby – you shouldn’t reduce then. I own a lot of books too. Just be mindful!
Here is my message: every time you buy something new, decide if you are buying a new functionality, or a back-up for a function that you already own?
Can you already do, what the new thing will enable you to do? Are you actually just buying another thing, that will be another dust-collector in your house?
Try to only buy new functionalities – if you really need them.
Thanks for reading!