Letter 4: The Minimalist Journey

Recently, I’ve discovered the term ‘minimalism’. At first, I thought this just referred to décor, but having delved deeper I’ve discovered it is much more than that.

My first introduction to simple living was through the book “the subtle art of not giving a f*ck” by Mark Manson. Although the book itself is not about minimalism, it does discuss how our value should not be in materialistic items. Delving deeper, I learned that minimalism was about intentional living, promoting the things we value and removing things that bring no value or distract us from it. For most of us, this can be the items we have in our house, most of which at face value probably don’t bring us any value but act as clutter.

Whilst I’ve never been a particularly materialistic person, I do own a lot of items such as makeup and clothes, and certainly, some of these things do bring me value, but a lot of the items I own aren’t even used – they’re saved under the pretense that I’ll use them ‘someday’ but that day never comes. I realised my monthly shopping spree for new clothes to make myself look good was pointless, I was merely wasting my money on things I didn’t need. After this, I began searching more into minimalism, watching documentaries and YouTube clips to learn as much as possible.

I would not class myself as a minimalist, but at some point, I think I’ll get there. Especially with the start of the new year, I’m going to declutter all my items, from clothes to makeup to shoes etc and donate as much as I can. Ever since starting this ‘journey’ I’ve distanced myself from the need to buy and I’ve saved a lot of money. I don’t need a new pair of shoes or a new top to be valuable, and I resent having to spend all my money just because that’s the ‘normal’ thing to do. I’d rather spend my money on experiences and things that will bring me joy, rather than spend my money on material items that will soon bear no meaning to me.

What are your thoughts on minimalism?