Embracing a Minimalist Lifestyle

The things you own end up owning you”...”it’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.
— Tyler Durden, Fight Club

What is most important to you? Have your possessions become more valuable than experiencing your life?

Minimalism is about getting rid of the "stuff" in your life that doesn't add value. Decluttering our lives of the non-value added possessions. As Americans, we chase this fantasy of the "American Dream." A dream where we get a successful job with a big salary so that we can get married, buy that big house with a big garage full of multiple cars to drive our multiple children around. We quickly fill up the house full of furnishings and we fill the garage full of toys like side-by-sides, four wheelers, jet skis, boats, and motorcycles. We are urged to upgrade all of these often so you can stay caught up to the "dream."  

This dream is a farce. Corporations want you to feel this way! How else would they continue to make money?

We are absolutely bombarded by advertisements all day long. The average person is exposed to over 2,500 advertisements per day. We buy new items that we were told we needed by all of the advertisements...until the newest version comes out just a few months later. The item we just bought a few months ago, that we were told we needed so badly...well, we toss away those items at an alarming rate just to get the "new" version.

We can free ourselves of this endless cycle of consumerism. We are made to feel inadequate if we can't keep up. By focusing on items that actually add value and letting go of the rest; minimalism can help you put a stop this madness.

The great thing about minimalism is that there really aren't any rules. You decide what items are important to you. You decide your level of commitment to minimalism. Everything is bound by your interpretation and application. Minimalism allows you to make the rules.  

Why is this so important? Freedom.

"Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom." -The Minimalists

Don't let the things you own end up owning you! Free yourself today!

Interested in finding out more about minimalism? Visit The Minimalists website today. They have all kinds of great articles, blog posts, and podcasts to get you on your path to freedom! You can also view Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix which also has some great information!