Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscious decision because it is a countercultural lifestyle that stands against the culture of overconsumption that surrounds us.
The world we live in is not friendly to the pursuit of minimalism. Its tendencies and relentless advertising campaigns call us to acquire more, better, faster, and newer. The journey of finding simplicity requires consistent inspiration.
For that reason, I hope you will make an effort this weekend to find a quiet moment with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some of these hand-picked articles to encourage more simplicity in your life.
Americans Aren’t Buying Stuff Anymore | TIME by Alicia Adamczyk. After aggregating data on consumers’ credit and debit purchases, researchers found that people are spending much less on things and spending more on experiences.
Two Years Without Shopping: What I Bought, Donated and Learned to Be True | Cait Flanders by Cait Flanders. Now that I know how much I need/use in a year, I have no reason to go back to mindlessly consuming things just for the sake of consuming them.
The No-Brainer Purge: 20 Items to Get Rid of Right Now Without a Second Thought | Apartment Therapy by Shifrah Combiths. If you’ve got the urge to get some stuff out of the house, start with this list of items you can say goodbye to right now with little thought and no impunity.
12 YouTube Channels All Minimalists Will Love | The Blissful Mind by Catherine Beard. If you need some inspiration to declutter your life or are intrigued and want to learn more about what other people are doing, I highly recommend you subscribe to some of these channels.
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker. If you want more inspiration and a practical guide to owning less, my book, The More of Less, has helped over 20,000 people discover the life they want by removing the possessions they don’t. The hardcover edition is less than $11.
What you guys write about is so inspiring. Minimalism has given me a new direction in life and I am excited to get rid of the unnecessary and invest in what really matters.
Here in India people hoard a lot of stuff. They sometimes cannot part with sentimental things. Mostly you will see our grand-fathers would leave behind so much ‘things’ for their kids and grand-kids, it makes no sense. I have taught minimalism values to my family and everyday we are striving towards de-clutter and loving the so called empty space which leaves more scope for creativity.
Thanks everyone for this new meaning of life!