Welcome to my first post on minimalism.
Minimalism is just one of my many interests – and one of the newest. I first saw it while scrolling (procrastinating) on YouTube. I’ve always been a person who has got attached to the things I own. I fall in love with them. And so I keep them.
This has led to me owning a lot of things – I’m no hoarder – but I have got more than can realistically fit into my one-bedroom flat.
So, what’s the deal with minimalism?
Well, it’s a concept that can be, and is, defined differently by different people. For me, it’s not about how many things you own, or what your home/clothes/stuff looks like – it’s about mindset. It’s about stepping outside of the commercial world.
We are told by so many sources of advertisements that we need all these different items to feel better about our lives. The truth? We don’t.
We don’t need that latest handbag, or pair of shoes, or new iPhone, or *insert as appropriate* new, shiny thing. Fulfillment doesn’t come from spending money (believe me, I’ve given it a good go), it comes from relationships, from following our passions, from experiences out there in the real world.
So what will this series on this brand new shiny blog be about? It will be advice, and thoughts, and links to others who know far more than me. It will be about my journey, as I continue to detach myself from the consumer world. I’ll also include information about the low (or zero) waste movement, as I think that really ties in with the minimalist mindset as it’s about what you need, not all the things you might want.
There’s nothing wrong with want, and everyone will find a different balance between want and need (my wants for books and notebooks and stationary will always be fulfilled!). As far as I’m concerned, the most important thing is that you’re following the wants with intention. Know what you’re doing instead of shopping and shopping and shopping mindlessly until you’re in so much debt you can’t even breathe….
And even though debt is an acceptable part of society, and almost expected of us, it’s not something I feel comfortable with. It doesn’t help my anxiety to know I owe anyone anything – especially money.
Live with intention.
That’s my motto.