Often when we hear the word “minimalism,” we envision life in greyscale, stark white rooms with modern furniture, and throwing out all of our belongings.
These ideas, while valid, support the idea of a minimalist aesthetic, which may be what you desire, but we want to focus more on minimalism as a lifestyle approach.
The pursuit of less in the effort to create space for more of the intangible.
More joy, serenity, clarity, and time, just to name a few.
Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist™ defines minimalism as intentionality.
“At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a life that forces intentionality. And as a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life.”
Through our research and reading, we’ve found that the core areas of embracing minimalism include your mindset, space and surroundings, and daily practices or routines, all of which have nuances on how to create space and make room for more with less.
Developing a Minimalist Mentality
How often do you find yourself pondering and considering all the things you need to do, be, or attain?
When we adopt a minimalistic mindset, we detach from the idea of more and embrace contentment with the now, which leaves us open to a freedom-based, minimalistic lifestyle.
In the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown, he describes “The Way of the Essentialist” as the discipline of doing less, but better, so we can make the highest possible contribution.
He says, “It’s about regaining control of our own choices about where to spend our time and energies.”
Some ways to cultivate a more minimalistic mindset include saying no to additional tasks and commitments, being open to creative experimentation so that you can produce less waste and acquire fewer things, and finding your internal motivation for living with less.
For example, will living with less allow you to travel more? Spend more time with family and friends? Have more flexibility to live in the area you truly desire or take up activities that bring you greater fulfillment?
Being intentional and mindful of the reasons why you want to embrace and adopt this approach for your life is one of the first steps to successfully embodying minimalism.
Creating Serenity in Your Environment and Surroundings
Perhaps one of the most marked characteristics of minimalism is choosing to live with fewer possessions and eliminating things that are mostly unnecessary, infrequently used, and bring forth clutter.
However, creating serenity in your surroundings through a minimalistic approach isn’t aimed at directly reducing the number of things in our home in the effort to create space.
That approach, or one consisting of seasonal purges such as spring cleaning, can leave us open to acquiring more things. Inherently we are tempted to fill the containers in which we possess, which means, the more room we have, the more we feel compelled to close that void.
In fact, according to a 2014 article published by the LA Times, it’s cited that the average U.S. household has an overwhelming average of 300,000 things, from paper clips to ironing boards, which accounts for the fact that the typical size of the American home has tripled in the last 50 years.
Alternatively, if we approach decluttering with the aforementioned minimalistic mindset, we create space that makes room more joy, mindfulness, and intentionality rather than more possessions.
It’s this philosophy that acts as the foundation for the acclaimed KonMari Method™, which is the tidying method founded by Marie Kondo and based on Japanese values that acknowledge belongings for their service and thanking them before being discarded if they no longer spark joy.
Some ways to minimize clutter and choices revolving around possessions include creating a seasonal capsule wardrobe, utilizing smart storage solutions for items you want to keep, clearing surfaces such as floors, walls, and countertops, as well as simplifying decor and overly ornate details that require more time for cleaning and proper care.
Crafting Simpler and Essential Routines
As you invite minimalism into your surroundings and thoughts, you might find yourself looking for ways to minimize the excess in your daily practices and routines as well.
Maybe, instead of having the gym membership that requires you to spend time scheduling and securing a spot in class, driving to the gym, and expel effort to stake out your spot where it won’t be too crowded, you could opt for a simple at-home routine. One that saves you drive time and all the effort that precedes the main activity.
Or, rather than having 10+ tasks associated with your morning routine, what if you could pare that down to three?
It’s this idea of narrowing in on what can save us time, effort, and worry that lead us to the foundation of the Masigi brand: simple + clean.
Pure, clean ingredients with simple and convenient packaging. For us, this translates to fewer components and more confidence in knowing the quality and composition of our product. And thus, less effort on our customer’s behalf trying to decipher all the ingredients they’re introducing into their routine.
Also, less mess, which creates greater ease in your self-care routine leaving you more apt to remain consistent with your practice.
So, as you can see, minimalism is truly an approach, a blend of the tangible and intangible “less.”
You might want to introduce minimalism into your mindset, or how you fill your schedule or your closet. Perhaps you’re looking to make meals with simpler, whole ingredients, or only have a presence on one social media account (rather than two or three) to stay connected with faraway friends and family.
Whichever ways you decide to embrace minimalism, we can confidently bet you’ll find so much more of what you truly desire for your life on the other side.