Minimalism sounds so trendy these days. “Live with less” or #livesimple have all but invaded our lifestyle, home décor, hashtags, etc.
But what is it …really? At least, in regards to our day to day way of life? Well, according to Joshua + Ryan of The Minimalists, minimalism is
“a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life.”
Though our bio might suggest it, we are no minimalist professionals. In fact, we’re just two people on a journey toward discovering how we can apply these principles to our life. Step by step. Day by day. Not to bring glory to our lifestyle, but to truly, honestly, seek out how we can focus on “the most important things in life” by shedding the excess.
Once upon a time I thought minimalism meant that I needed to throw away all of my stuff. As a deeply sentimental person, it broke my heart to think of parting with things that held significant value in my life. I was overwhelmed by a lifestyle that seemed to require so much. But I was wrong.
Minimalism is less about tossing half of our possessions and more about intentionally finding ways to create space in our lives. It might mean that I donate a few stacks of unworn clothing or declutter our kitchen cabinets, or it might just mean learning how to say no to things that do not add value.
Truly, I believe that it represents something different to each person.
So maybe one day we’ll #vanlife it, maybe we’ll spend a couple of months backpacking some obscure trail, but today, it looks like making the conscious decision to spend our time and energy on the meaningful. To be thankful. At the same time, we also understand that living with a minimalism mindset might not be for everyone and that’s okay! We welcome all journeys to this conversation. So tell us your stories; we would love to hear from you!