This has been one of my greatest discoverings of this pandemic. Minimalism, and more precisely, The Minimalists.
First of all, let’s define what Minimalism is for me. For some, it might be just an aesthetic, an art style, for others might be a whole lifestyle. I didn’t have a particular idea for what Minimalism was as per 2 years ago. For me, it was something a mixture of all the things I mentioned before, but only weird people did.
I had seen the Minimalists podcast around Spotify but never gave it a try, it didn’t particularly interest me. Why would it benefit me to live with the bare minimum in a small, colourless, boring flat? I’ll pass, thank you.
But, I don’t know what came over me. I needed a new podcast and this one popped up and I just clicked play. Oh boy, did it change my idea of Minimalism?
One year later, I’ve heard many hours of The Minimalists podcast, I’ve almost finished one of their books and I’m in the process of doing a mini packing-party, as they call it, in which you can get rid of all the unnecessary things you own that don’t add value in less than a month.
What is right now my idea of Minimalism? Well, it changed dramatically! Basically it’s living a meaningful life and owning meaningful things. Meaning, you should let only those things that add value into your life. And that doesn’t just mean physical objects, but also people and activities.
And, for me that is so important. Because we are experts on losing our time with people, things and activities that don’t add meaning and value to our lives.
But, besides that, even if we just focus on our material possessions, it’s amazing how many useless and meaningless things we have in our homes. I used to live in an apartment too big for two people, with too many rooms. Can you imagine what happened to most of the rooms and especially their wardrobes? Indeed, they ended up being storage rooms. Did I even know what was in each wardrobe? No, I didn’t. Did I use those things in the 5 years I spent there? Probably not even once a year.
So, in my now 33 sqm apartment, I was forced to choose very wisely what I used my storage space for. And 2 years later, I even feel I’ve got too much junk in this space. Things I don’t even know I have. Like, don’t ask me what clothes I have under my bed. I probably won’t ever use half of it.
Is this normal? Is this budget-friendly? Is this environmentally-friendly? Why are we accepting the idea of having more storage to store more junk we won’t ever use? Are we choosing wisely enough what we buy? Do those things grant us happiness?
If you see some sense on these words and the idea of minimalism kind of intrigues you, I encourage you to check “The Minimalists” out. I started with their documentary, which is available on Netflix. They have 2 of them now. So, I think it’s the best option to get introduced to this fantastic world.
Let me know how it goes if you decide to check it out!