What does Minimalism mean to me?

Hey there love,

Today we are going to talk about a very “trendy” topic namely Minimalism like I like to call it. However there are many ways you can call it like; Minimalism, Minimalist, Minimal, Minimal living, Minimal lifestyle or many other possible names. This topic has been growing a lot on social media for years now and you can find extensive information online but the reason why I decided to share my view on this today is because everyone has a different interpretation on Minimalism.  

Before getting into it I’m going to explain the most impactful meaning I found, what I understood from it and how I interpreted the information.  

What do I understand under the term Minimalism?

According to thesaurus Minimalist means ‘no more than required’. Additionally, synonyms given with this meaning are:

  • Essential
  • Minimal
  • Minimum
  • Basic

With this I understand that Minimalism means living with minimum quantities of the essential and basic products. This is the reason many people get rid of their stuff when starting this lifestyle.

On the other hand the true interpretation in my words would be: ‘Living with what is required for a happy and fulfilled life is all a person needs, living with more will end up in clutter.’

That simple sentence with the knowledge of other meanings, blogs, YouTube videos and articles made me gave Minimalism a meaning for my own lifestyle. I’m sure this can change with time because living changes us and what we do will also change. For now this is my meaning to Minimalism.

Minimalism into my lifestyle

As I mentioned before I do not give Minimalism a specific definition but I do give it a meaning; ‘Living with what is required for a happy and fulfilled life is all I need. Whether this is materialistic or not living with what I enjoy and love is far more enjoyable than having 1000 products and still feeling empty and not happy.

Other minimalism definitions recommend people to live with a specific amount of material belongings, only including the colors white, black, grey, neutrals and only eating plant base. These are just a few examples that you can find that you must do to be a true minimalist but these are aspects of Minimalism I do not apply to my lifestyle. In other words I only applied aspects of Minimalism that where useful for my lifestyle. I do not limit myself to a certain amount of products, types of products or other limitations because what is the point of example only buying neutral products if it doesn’t bring you happiness, if you want that red bag buy it! It will bring you far more joy and you will you use it more than the neutral anyways. Don’t go and buy everything you see but buy what you truly like, don’t limit your life by words of others.

What I did learn and applied to my lifestyle is asking myself a couple of questions before purchasing a product whether it’s a piece of clothing, shoes, bags accessories, makeup or other material belongings.

I ask myself

  • Do I really need this?
  • Do I want this?
  • Do I like this?
  • What is the product made of?
  • Is it Animal Friendly?
  • Will it last?
  • Do I like how it looks on? (clothes, shoes & accessories)

I know these are quite a few questions to ask before buying something but it helps me with different aspects.

It helps me to save money, owning what I really need and like, it helps me to buy more consciously and be animal friendly, only owning products that are good for my wellbeing and hobbies and lastly keeping my life as clutter free as possible. Which can result in less stress, don’t we all want a more stress free day?

When it comes to food I don’t really apply any Minimalism aspects to my lifestyle. For example owning less of a certain product or applying veganism or other “healthy lifestyle” is not applicable for my lifestyle. The topic vegan came forward many times while I was looking for Minimalism but for me they don’t really have to be tied together. 

This has many reasons why, but the most important one is that I suffer from different health issues that restricting my diet from certain food is not an option. What did change in this area is that I am more conscious on what I feed my body with. I try to keep my sugar intake low, my fruit and veggies intake high and drinking a lot of water. I know these are simple things that I could have applied before researching Minimalism but I was really not aware of this until I really started to look for Minimalism information. In other words this was not important to me until I realized what I was doing with my health. This is such an important change in my life that definitely was possible with the change of applying Minimalism into my lifestyle.

Another important aspect is that it helps me with is that it makes my life a little simpler and keeping my mind on a positive track, which is also important when you want to have a positive and simple lifestyle.

The meaning of Minimalism is very close to simply living to me, so here are a few things I like to remind myself with on daily basis in order to continue with my Minimalism journey because if I wouldn’t have try Minimalism I wouldn’t have learned these things.

  • Living with what makes you happy
  • Owning essential basic things
  • Incorporate your style
  • Don’t let basic define you
  • Purchase consciously
  • Be aware of the environment
  • Do what makes you happy
  • Own what makes you happy
  • Feed yourself with what makes you feel good
  • Feed your mind with positivity
  • Live for the moment

My Inspirations for Minimalism and Simplicity

  1. The Minimalists

An amazing blog to check out is The Minimalist. They can provide excellent information on this topic that it may help you understand the topic Minimalism even better.

They also have a documentary called Minimalism; A documentary about the important things. I recommend you to watch this if you are thinking or if you already applied Minimalism to your lifestyle. I recently watched it and it really helped me understand and look at Minimalism in a different perspective than portrait by media.    

  1. Lavendaire

Learning to create a life you love is not easy for anyone. Alieen from Lavendaire helped me understand this topic and for sure helped me in my own journey. With her videos and podcasts I have learned so much. Wanting to create a life you love? I would recommend checking her out.

  1. MuchelleB

She is such an inspirational person. MuchelleB helped me a lot when it came to de-cluttering, simplifying different aspects of my life and general knowledge on different things. If you are looking for inspiration or motivation she is definitely the person to check out when it comes to intentional living.

What I also wanted to give away with this blog post is that never be too afraid to try new lifestyles. You will be able to learn far more than you expect. I did not succeed the first time around; I had to give it a few tries before getting to know myself. Don’t be afraid to fail because by failing we learn.  

Minimalism is not about owning stuff it’s also about finding out what you like, enjoy or what makes you happy. We are pushed to buy stuff on daily basis but will that really bring happiness to our lives? Yes, maybe but not for a long term. Each time we feel like we need something we will run to buy that thing and then again, and again that at the end of the day we will have so many products and we will be stuck in the same place emotionally and mentally.

If you really would like to change try different lifestyle and really apply what works for you and your happiness. Lastly, never stop learning because you change so your life will change with it.

I hope you learned something new today or that I at least inspired you in some way.

Thank you so much for reading and checking out my blog.

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Thank you so much for checking my blog, I highly appreciate it and I hope you liked it as well. Remember to take care of yourself. 

Love, Rachel

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A simple 24 year old girl living on a beautiful Island called Aruba that loves to write, take pictures, conduct research, living positively and embracing minimalism since April 2017.

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