More From Less: A Beginner’s Guide to the Minimalist Movement #infographic


More From Less: A Beginner’s Guide to the Minimalist Movement #infographic

"It was my greatest strength in life to wish for just a bit."

Imagine if you got rid of all your excess possessions, gave up a bicycle for your car, left your time-consuming job, and started a simple life?

Deep down, the human heart sings a simple song, and great thinkers have for centuries proclaimed that the path to happiness lies not in getting more, but in being content with less.

The trend of minimalism is picking up pace. This clear, powerful change in philosophy speaks to people in all sectors of our society. Life is open to all at a minimum and holds future benefits for others. Each person may have their own reasons for choosing their lifestyle. Ask yourself: What is there for you in it?

One result of embracing a minimalist lifestyle is almost inevitable: your life is going to get easier and more organized. That's the whole idea for many minimalists: to avoid being motivated by tension, overcommitment, the need to "upgrade" your life and possessions constantly, et cetera. The transformation started for Joshua Becker the day he noticed that keeping up with his things was keeping him away from spending time with his family. He found more time and purpose by simplifying his life.

Another positive outcome of minimalism, particularly in the midst of the economic downturn, is saving money. Many individuals have been motivated by global financial uncertainty to tighten their budgets. Some people found that a minimalist lifestyle that was financially viable was actually not all that drastic a change. Your financial state is bound to change as you cut back on needless shopping, commit to your savings account and begin paying less bills.

Another common explanation for being minimalist is that becoming environmentally and socially conscious is simpler. You can produce less waste as you consume less, and dramatically reduce your effects on the environment. And you are more likely to remember where items come from, how they were made, and what kinds of materials were used, when you start selecting your possessions much more carefully. That may mean spending more on a sustainable, quality item that has been made locally and sustainably; but if you don't have to buy that item again for years or even decades, the investment is probably worth it.

Finally, the collaborative economy and modern work models, made possible by the Internet-driven culture change, are also completely taken advantage of by minimalists. Owning less possessions (which also entails a car) means sharing, renting, and co-owning everything from instruments to transport and clothing. And you can experiment with shorter workdays, remote work, and even have freedom from location while you live comfortably on a smaller budget. Equality, all the time, seems freer.

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