“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.” – Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist
One time, my staff asked me what she can get me for Christmas. I told her I am a minimalist, so she doesn’t have to worry. She was puzzled. It was her first time hearing the term. “I put little value on material things. I prefer spending on experiences.” I explained. She got intrigued and popped the question, “What is a minimalism?”
This is my simple answer:
Minimalism is living more with less.
Minimalism reminds us to be content and grateful. It is about owning items that adds value to your life and support your cause. Quality over quantity, as they say.
It frees you from distractions and clutter.
Minimalism is intentionally pursuing happiness, and removing all the distractions. By doing so, you’ll find a sense of clarity and peace.
It allows you to refocus on what matters.
Stop wasting time, energy and resources to unnecessary details. Instead, focus on experiences, relationships and self care (or on matters that are significant to you).
It is practical and enconomical.
It is easier to maintain a budget if you have less expenses. Less stuff equals more money. Just imagine the savings you could have made if you didn’t buy those extra pairs of shoes.
Anyone can be a minimalist.
Living with only necessities can be challenging, but possible. You can start by doing minimalist challenges like Project 333 and 30-day minimalist game.
Why am I a minimalist?
Consumerism tricks us to thinking that more stuff equals happiness. I have been there. I’ve been a victim. I have spent my hard earned money on unnecessary stuff.
Working outside your country, living far from your family, and the lack of job security are exhausting. Shopping is a way to relieve stress.
“I have worked so hard, endured all the pain and suffering. It’s right to spend on my pleasures and make myself happy. I deserve this.” – this is the usual justification.
I have witnessed a lot of tragic OFWs stories where a filipinos spend half of their lifetime working abroad and spending on material things. At the end of the day, they end up with nothing. Worst, end up unhappy. I fear the same will happen to me.
Minimalism helps be on track with my goals and finances. I might be boring, but at least I am happy, content and grateful.