What Minimalism Has Taught Me

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Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

-The Minimalists at theminimalists.com

I stumbled across The Minimalists website when I was in the middle of my A-Levels. I was lost, struggling with mental health issues and I was in a relationship that wasn’t good for me. My school work was suffering because I was unmotivated and I was surrounded by endless stuff.

On finding this site, I spend hours reading through the essays. I tried talking to my friends about it, but no one seemed interested. It was just a phase to them, and I can understand the assumption. Minimalism, however, changed my life.

Five years later and I’m still subscribed to The Minimalists and I read their essays every week. It’s something I look forward to, or am happily surprised by when it pops up in my inbox. It wasn’t just a phase.

So why am I still thinking and talking about minimalism?

Answer: Because it is a philosophy that works.

There is a strange freedom that comes from not wanting things. I watch Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the Christmas and New Years sales fly by. If I need something, they are good moments to get them – for example, I need an electric toothbrush and they are expensive, so I’m waiting for a sale.

My point is that I don’t go into a store when the sales are on and buy a load of stuff that I do not need. I don’t need a new laptop, or a flashy new wireless mouse. I don’t need new headphones or the newest iPhone. I don’t need a new TV or a flashy camera (pun not intended).

I think about each purchase I make carefully. A good quality electric toothbrush will last me a long time. I bought a decent laptop a year or so ago that is still working now and will for a lot longer, I’m sure. I have a wired mouse, and yes the wire can get in the way at times but what’s the point in buying a new one when this one works just fine?

These are just examples of being purposeful when purchasing items, but the same can be said for many things, like pens, notebooks, mugs, placemats… the list goes on and on.

Minimalism has improved my relationship with stuff. I appreciate what I have more, because I spent more time considering why I own or want to own it.

Having said all of that, I moved house recently and have a lot of stuff I think I could do without. Because of this, I will be trying the 30 Day Minimalism Challenge in January 2020. It’s the beginning of a new year, so a perfect time to declutter and focus on what’s important. So join me in the new year and follow along!

Also, check out The Minimalists if you want to know more about minimalism and the 30 Day challenge they came up with.


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4 comments on “What Minimalism Has Taught Me”

  1. We recently started learning and moving towards a more minimal lifestyle this year. I can be honest it’s a bit difficult with children. I hope to start back decluttering after the holiday season. I love your phrase of simply being purposeful when you purchase. That’s definitely something we do.

    1. Yeah I’ve heard it can be difficult when you have children. Joshua Becker talks a lot about how he lives a minimalist lifestyle whilst having two children do definitely check his website out if you haven’t already! 🙂

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