Minimalism is more than a new thing on the Internet or a trend everyone is getting on board with. Minimalism is a pattern of lifestyle I recommend you to embrace in your life. Minimalism is not giving up on your wishes, or even giving up your materialistic fancies. Minimalism is more about choosing what to keep than giving up on what not to keep. Minimalism is a practice.
A minimalistic lifestyle is not a difficult endeavor to achieve, it is rather simple or a step towards making your life simpler and freeing yourself from clutter. Minimalism is not a new trend, it finds its mention in ancient Buddhist scripture and the Confucian way of living. However, the practice did not become a mainstream idea until recently, when artists, photographers, architects, beatniks embraced the minimalistic lifestyle making it a trend to follow.
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The Idea of Minimalism is pretty Simple and Self-explanatory
Minimalism can be defined in many ways, and according to your subjective idea of Minimalism and minimalistic lifestyle. Rather than being a trend of the hour, minimalism is a philosophy of life.
What is Minimalism?
“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value in life by removing anything that distracts us from it,” says Joshua Becker, the writer of the Becoming Minimalist blog and author of The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life.
A minimalistic lifestyle is the holistic growth of a person from within, a way of finding space for more peace in your life.
Types of minimalism
Since there are varied ways to define minimalism, we can specify minimalism from many different aspects and views, so we can mainly put minimalism under 7 different types.
- Eco minimalist
- Aesthetic minimalist
- Frugal minimalist
- Extreme minimalist
- Mindful minimalist
- Nomad minimalist
- Digital minimalist
- Eco minimalist:- Eco minimalists also known otherwise known as green minimalists, Their main concern is reducing carbon footprint and their minimalism is focused on sustainable living. They recycle or upcycle the existing items they own thus reducing waste and clutter. The eco minimalist has a strong community where they carry out activities like beach cleaning, Planting trees, and recycling or upcycling project.
2. Aesthetic minimalist: We are very familiar with the word aesthetic, like today we want our social media the look aesthetic, aesthetic minimalists are mostly focused on the beautification of every space. They use the philosophy of minimalism to make their space more visually appealing.
they use a monochromatic color scheme, mostly neutral tones, and decor for making their space living more aesthetic and visually pleasing.
3. Fugal Minimalist: Fugal minimalists use minimalism as a tool to effectively manage their finances. Thus they do not spend much buying things that are not essential to them.
Thus minimalism not only helps them in managing their finances but also helps them from getting rid of clutter or even avoid accumulating clutter.
4. Extreme minimalist: An extreme minimalist is the one who has completely embraced the philosophy of minimalism in every aspect of their lives and keeps only the things that matter to them. They are very comfortable with the little number of things they own as those are things of value in their lives.
5. Mindful Minimalist: Mindful minimalists embrace the idea of mindful living and are very aware of their belonging. They practice the idea of simple living, they keep everything with an intention as they have a role to play in their lives. They only spend on the things that are necessary and essential. They often associate minimalism with personal growth and peace.
6. Nomadic Minimalist: If you are someone who likes to travel and finds yourself on a journey exploring new land space, and region and on the go, you could embrace the idea of nomadic minimalism. Since people explore differently and travel widely, they carry the things they absolutely need to avoid cluttering. A nomadic minimalist might also be transient, free from anything that fixed that might hold them back.
7. Digital minimalism: If you are someone who does not like mobile crammed up with apps, or storage being full, there are chances you might be a digital minimalist, a digital will prefer a clean mailbox. They like uncluttered digital devices.
From the different of types Minimalist, you very well understand the benefits of minimalism,
Benefits of Minimalism
Becoming a minimalist is not an easy task but once you become a minimalist you will receive a lot of benefits. Let’s take a look at the benefits of being a minimalist and a minimalistic lifestyle.
- Minimalism helps you a lot in managing your finance, in much a better way and more effectively
- It is scientifically proven that less clutter will bring more peace into your life, hence reducing stress
- The fewer the things, the easier it becomes easier to keep your space clean and stored in an orderly manner
- Minimalism can give you sense since you start giving up on possession, thus freeing your materialistic possession.
- When embracing minimalism you automatically a step towards more conscious and sustainable living which helps in reducing the average carbon footprint.
- Minimalism makes your space aesthetically pleasing, Thus and aesthetic value to your life as well as your space.
- Minimalism is the way to live in small houses as minimalistic living helps in living with a very space-saving technique.
Here we have listed 7 benefits of minimalism but the benefits of minimalism extended beyond these 7. It’s necessary to understand the benefits of minimalism in more detail.
All that being said, being a minimalist can be somewhat of a challenge in today’s day age with the new trendy thing almost every day, giving you an intense amount of FOMO.
- It is hard to get rid of stuff especially when you have memories and nostalgia attached to the thing.
- Becoming a minimalist is a time-consuming task, sorting the things you want and things you do not want to keep in your life can be tedious and time-consuming tasks.
- Today is the age of advertising and new technologies and trends it is difficult to the urge to buy because there are many people who use retail therapy as a mechanism of dealing with life when things do not seem to be going in the right in life.
Freeing yourself from materialistic possession is not a very easy task to embrace and maintain, but embracing minimalism into your life might bring more inner peace and also stress.
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Madhuparna Choudhury is a final year student of political science, I find interest in the area of mental health and mindfulness. You can mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org