I just watched the documentary Minimalism that starred “the Minimalists” book tour. I found it to be well made and interesting. The premise is we are all consuming way too much as a means to try to fill the void, “the hole”. We are trying to buy happiness but never will find it in stuff. The film connects with many experts and people who live the minimal lifestyle. I will agree that having less stuff equals less clutter which equals less stress.
In my job as an organizer I am fulfilled as I help destress people, I believe one’s home should be their sanctuary. If this means having many items and collections so be it but there is a catch, does the item bring value or does it bring joy? If you can answer yes to one of those questions then you should keep it, according to The Minimalists. I would tend to agree with this point, if you have a useless item that does not make you happy why have it? Many would respond with “I might need it one day.” or “it was given to me by my great grandma”. Again I ask if it is not useful nor brings joy why take up valuable real estate in your home?
In the documentary there were people who lived from one place to the next, travelling the world, homeless essentially, and could carry all they owned in 2 bags on their back. There were folks living in “tiny homes” and others who had well sized homes just not much stuff in it. These folks once were making 6 figure incomes and realized they were not happy. They made a change in their life, to live minimally and intentionally. Their relationships became closer; more meaningful, they were less stressed and found themselves to be happy more often. This is the point to life I believe and if being a minimalist creates this for you then go for it.
The film ended with a good point: use things, love people. I could not agree more with this statement. Things are in our lives to use and to make our life easier on some level. With society and the advertising that goes on we are taught to love things and get them at any cost. People live with the attitude that they will make as much money as they can yet have no time to spend with family and friends; but are quite pleased with themselves since the own all the latest fads on the market. Life is about relationships and growing as an individual, at least I believe it is. So if you want to have more meaningful relationships and want to be happy spend time with your loved ones and get rid of the clutter. I will never be a minimalist as I like pretty things but the difference is they don’t own me.