If you met me in real life, you probably couldn’t tell I was a minimalist.
If you struck up a conversation with me, I wouldn’t start spewing some minimalism gospel.
In truth, you wouldn’t think my lifestyle is much different from yours. You wouldn’t think that I live some radical lifestyle at all.
And, I don’t.
Minimalism isn’t a radical lifetsyle.
I still own and drive a car. I still have an iphone (just not the latest version). I still own a laptop. I still sleep in a full-sized bed, in my 2-bedroom condo. I still have furniture and clothes and books in a bookcase.
But here are the three key distinctions and differences:
1. I don’t own anything in excess. I have only the things I use regularly and the things that add value to my life. I don’t have/need extra stuff and I don’t stockpile “just-in-case” items.
2. I am constantly questioning my possessions. I am always asking these questions: Do I still need this? When was the last time I used this? Could someone else use this more than me? If, it doesn’t meet my criteria, it gets donated (or sold). This is a never ending game. I am always finding more stuff I don’t need. I am always down-sizing. And, it feels great when I take another box or two to Goodwill.
3. I don’t give meaning to possessions. This is the most important aspect of minimalism to implement and practice. I understand that all my possessions and things can be replaced. If my condo caught on fire, the only things I would grab would be my cats and that’s it. Everything else is replaceable and just stuff. Inanimate objects.
Because what’s really important is my family, my friends, my health, my community and my goals.