What is minimalism? Well, it’s a movement that many people are gravitating to, and basically means reducing your consumption of things and what you already possess. I have been moving to this kind of lifestyle, because I want to own less and simplify my life. Living in a college dorm really makes you feel cramped and having a ton of things only makes the situation worse, especially when you have to transport all you things from one state to another. During the past year, I started creating a more cohesive wardrobe by buying more basics that can be worn multiple ways, investing in quality pieces, and getting rid of clothes I no longer love. Curating my wardrobe not only made me happier, but I think has helped my style develop along the way. This was the first step in my minimalistic journey.
Recently a documentary came out on minimalism, which really captivated my attention. The documentary discussed the phenomenon of minimalism and the varying forms adopted by a variety of people with different backgrounds. I was truly inspired by this film, especially on the topic of minimalism vs. materialism. In the film, it was discussed that we are actually not materialists in the sense of the word, meaning materials to us aren’t important and sometimes we buy something and don’t use it or throw it away. If we were true materialists, our materials would mean everything to us and everything we owned would be meaningful. I feel I have become more attached to my belongings throughout the past year, and having a smaller wardrobe makes the pieces even more special.
I love the idea of minimalism and in a world of constant consumption. In fact, I think we need it! What we buy and how much we buy has a huge impact, much more than one might think. Minimalism isn’t something that requires you to spend more money, it isn’t a ploy or scam to try to trick you out of something. It is a way of life for those who wish to turn their back on societal norms and begin to live a simpler life. Minimalism can be interpreted in so many ways, but how will you apply it to your life?