Quick! Think about your closet. How many t-shirts do you own? How many of those shirts have yet to see the light of day? I know that my closet used to be filled with more jeans, tops, and jackets than I'd ever wear, and it was all because I thought that I'd get around to working these forgotten pieces into an outfit someday...eventually. Maybe. Today, my wardrobe only consists of things that I wear consistently or that have a specific purpose at certain times of the year (like my favorite ugly sweater for any ugly sweater holiday parties). Nothing goes to waste, and everything has its place.
My answer is minimalism. This lifestyle choice offers a shift in perspective which encourages a smarter, simpler way of living that can be customized to best suit your lifestyle. Whether you're an extreme minimalist or just a curious onlooker, minimalismoffers a great way to de-clutter your life, allowing you to focus on what's important to you.
Have you ever considered how many things we actually own? Like the closet example I mentioned above, tons of people own more stuff than they really need, whether it's an excessive amount of shoes or PJ pants (I still have an addiction to fuzzy PJ pants, but that's an obstacle I'll face later). More often than not, owning too much stuff leads to clutter, and clutter can impede your ability to focus on important things like homework and Facebook stalking.
3. You'll worry less.
This is definitely my favorite aspect of minimalism. With fewer articles of clothing in my closet, I have more space to see the clothes I actually enjoy wearing; I don't have to worry about picking my outfits because they are now far easier to put together. With fewer trinkets on my desk, I have more room to work and less stuff to clean. Let me reiterate that last bit: I have less stuff to clean. I hate cleaning. Minimalism is awesome!
I've felt less compelled to purchase things that I don't need. I bring my lunch and coffee to school and work in reusable containers from home, which cuts down on unnecessary food cash I wasted last year. Less unnecessary spending means more savings for me, and I've never felt more at ease with my monthly budget.
At the end of the day:
Whether you embrace minimalism or feel largely ambivalent about it, I feel like this lifestyle carries with it some important principles we can all benefit from.
What do you think?
Photographs: Courtesy of Koy Saephanh