A new lifestyle approach ‘Minimalism’ is something everyone is talking about and even if you don’t follow it chances are that you have heard about it. But what exactly is minimalism? How did it start? How do you start following it?

These are some questions that come into our minds. Today, we are going to decode Minimalism for you.

HISTORY OF MINIMALISM

The origin of minimalism dates back years ago. There are mentions in many religious books and groups. Most of them agree that giving up unnecessary possessions helps to gain wisdom and focus.

The term minimalism got well known in the ’50s and ’60s for oversimplified inclines first in music and afterward in craftsmanship and structure. The thoughts were the equivalent, to expel everything except the instrument or configuration bits of core interest. 

As minimalism got mainstream in-home structure and engineering those whitewashed pictures with a solitary component of individuals started seeing the outwardly engaging parts of moderation for themselves. In any case, that was only the beginning.

After some time people recognized this as a way to live life.

WHAT IS MINIMALISM?

Minimalism also referred to as simple living is living with the things we really need and removing all the excess distractions. It is owing to fewer possessions. Becoming a minimalist slows down life and frees us from this modern craze to live faster. It offers the freedom to release, loose, seeks to keep only the essentials, aims to remove the superficial and keep significant and values the intentional attempts that add value to life.

Minimalism helps to…

  • Reclaim time
  • Live in the moment
  • Pursue our passions
  • Discover our missions
  • Experience independence
  • Create more, consume less
  • Focus on our health
  • Grow as individuals
  • Rid ourselves of excess stuff
  • Discover purpose in our lives
  • Clarity

Minimalism is a process and one cannot achieve it through a few predefined steps. It is customizable and one needs to find its own ways to achieve it.

A few things can help you to get started and you can make changes accordingly.

1) It takes time for and individual to get used to it so don’t hurry up and give it time

2)Start by making a small difference in your lifestyle, it can be as simple as clearing that one sock which doesn’t have a pair.

3)Give away things you don’t need anymore. You can give away the books that you have already read to someone who is looking for them

4)Examine your priorities, take notice of things that are lying around you but you never use

5)Think before buying new things

Help others and be grateful for what you have. This is something we all should go along with irrespective of which lifestyle we want to follow.

Sometimes it becomes very difficult to differentiate between your needs and wants!

Needs V/S Wants

Needs are the things that add value to you and your system and want is a desire to possess something but you don’t really need it and you can easily survive without it. One misconception about being minimalism is owning less or no possessions but that’s not true. People who don’t possess anything are not always minimalist, It is more about living intentionally and consciously. There is no certain number of how many things one should own to be minimalistic, it is both personal and individual

  • Keeping just what includes satisfaction, worth, reason, and opportunity to our lives and disposing of the rest that is irrelevant. This incorporates both physical (for instance, garments and desk work) and nonphysical stuff (for instance, negative connections, sentiments of stress and stress, inefficient propensities, and unnecessary duties).
  • Focusing on what we just can’t live without, as opposed to asking how little we can live with. Living negligibly ought to be a delight and not a hardship.
  • Being progressively cognizant and aware of the things, individuals, encounters, and circumstances in our lives, so we live with more goal, reason, and force.

Minimalism is not a one day step, it’s a process that happens eventually.

By Nandini Kalra

Currently pursuing Bcom(Hons), I love trying out different and new things. Always up for quirky adventures.

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