Why Minimize?

Something that occurred to me while researching and writing about minimalism is that people, including myself, may wonder from time to time, “Why choose minimalism?” We often go about our daily lives without giving much thought to what we are buying, why we are buying it, and what we choose to surround ourselves with. It is only after moving every six months to a year, for the past 8 years of my life, did I realize that HEY- I don’t actually need to carry around more than half of the stuff I own. And after getting rid of a few things, I realized that it actually made my life less complicated!

So there is the start of the answer to the question, “Why Minimize?” Danny Doner, a well known minimalist on YouTube says that becoming a minimalist helps you get rid of extra “weight”. You are physically getting rid of the weight of objects you may tote around, as well as emotional weight. The emotional weight comes from our attachment to the things that we own. When we learn to let go, we can release that emotional tie and realize that the memories and feelings lie inside of us, anyways.

Elizabeth Dulemba, during her TEDx Talk, says, “You don’t have to own something to have it add value to you.” She talks about the idea that your stuff may stop you from living your life, and if you place too much importance on your things, they may hinder you from accomplishing your goals by distracting you, holding you down, and cluttering your mind.

That leads me to a vlogger that I have mentioned before and admire for her perspective. Jenna Mustard claims that she is not as concerned about counting up the number of her belongings, but rather 7 basic principles that guide her lifestyle, instead. These principles are:

  1. Find out what you want in life.
  2. Actively go after what you want.
  3. Keep everything else simple and clear.
  4. Feel calm, light, intentional & clear.
  5. Be more eco-friendly & not use as many of the Earth’s resources.
  6. Not be caught up in society’s expectations & materialism.
  7. Not to find happiness without, but rather within. Focus on creation, rather than consumerism.

At the end of the video, Jenna says that she is not trying to be a “good minimalist”, but rather just trying to be happy, which I think is a good enough reason why, for all of us.



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