Have you ever wondered how life became so complicated?
We have more internet, more clothes, more cars, more dinners, more television, more news, heaps more social media, more travel and more drugs and alcohol being used. Have you also noticed the amount of goods that seem to stuff our retail outlets?
It seems there is more, more, more of everything and society seems more and more unhappy.
So, what can we do about this “more” epidemic that seems to be engulfing our society. More products are being made every day for us to purchase, there’s more pressure at work to perform (or the result can be the loss of your job), much more negative, gory stories on the news (including all the terrorist activity around the world) and there seems to be more social pressure than ever before with the surge in social media popularity. Most people seem to be so “busy” all the time, and yet their lives seem to be void of peace and happiness. Overall we seem to expect more from our lives and yet the clock still only gives us 24 hours in a day. As we see the increase of “more”, we also see levels of stress and depression at an all-time high.
I have, for some time, been a silent observer of my life and our friend’s lives. Watching the busyness and “more epidemic” that has been engulfing us, and I’m over it! It’s time for a change.
As I realized the need for change in my life and that of my husband (Andy) I began to notice on the internet this term “minimalism” and that attracted my attention.
And so the internet has been instrumental in my transition to becoming a minimalist. I’ve been inspired by this online community, that I didn’t even know existed until last year. I have found so many people sharing their stories and insights about getting back to basics and living simple, fulfilling lives. And that has appealed to me!
Minimalism is not some extremist behaviour about owning nothing but a dress and sitting in a room with nothing but walls! It’s about determining what is important in your life and eliminating the rest. Not complicated at all!
A minimalist lifestyle can pretty much be applied to any area of your life. Last year Andy and I have started a determined journey to get our lives back and have ruthlessly analyzed what we do, what we own and who we spend our time with.
What we have done:
- We have done a clothing audit on our wardrobes and they have almost halved.
- Our household possessions have been ruthlessly scrutinized and we have given away, and sold anything that we deemed excess to our daily functioning. Our clutter free home feels so good!
- We have reviewed our budget and analyzed where we can curb excess expenditure.
- We have also looked at any extra activities that we didn’t see as essential and put the broom through that area as well.
The process of minimizing can be tough and challenging, however it is also very rewarding. Saying no can be tough at times too, however it allows you to live life on your terms and not be blown around by people and circumstances.
So, where to start in becoming a minimalist? The answer is to start small. You don’t have to start with a big step. As it is said, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, so simplifying life doesn’t happen overnight. For some it can take years, others only a short time. What matters, is that if we want change we make a start.