Being the best version of your own self is in. Eating clean, working out and spreading positivity is the current big trend. Staying abstinent from junk food and steering clear of buying unnecessary junk has become increasingly important to the modern individual. Decluttering your life is what many people swear to be the key to happiness.
Current bloggers as well as up and coming vloggers show how it’s done: Go through your entire house and ask yourself whether or not you may be cultivating an unhealthy obsession with materialistic things. Are you a small-scale hoarder? What does this say about your psyche?
Minimalists believe that holding on to old possessions comes from a dark place in one’s mind. Apparently, letting go and throwing out old objects functions as one big cathartic therapy session. Plus, by selling old clothes, toys, figurines and jewellery, you can make money, too.
Once an entire room has been decluttered, it often has the hotel-effect. Everything feels fresh, tranquil and stress-free. No more stacks of old magazines or dusty vases “decorating” the window sill. Just the calming vision of pure and pristine nothing-ness.
In extreme cases, people have adapted to the spirit of minimalism whole-heartedly. Living out of a suitcase, radical minimalists refuse to buy shelves or even boxes – after all, what’s for them to store if you reject the idea of owning stuff.
The idea of donating old clothes, selling antique treasures and throwing away down-right junk does sound romantic. But just how much can minimalism be romanticized? Just like anything else in life, it’s all about balance.
A Fine Line
Whilst living out of a suitcase and rejecting any form of decoration around your living space may be attractive to some, the majority of Earth dwellers do find some sort of comfort in personalizing their surroundings. Having old, nostalgic items freshen up faded memories can be a beautiful thing. As long as you don’t find yourself desperately clutching on to every single grain of sand from your last beach vacation, there is no need to worry.
Collecting is fine, hoarding is unhealthy. Extreme opposites of minimalists are often referred to as messies in Germanophone countries. However, these extreme cases are very rare. With countless documentaries on television, the internet and elsewhere, anyone can inform themselves about unhealthy lifestyle choices and obsessive tendencies. With this abundance of information out there, an increasing awareness surely does help in showing people what they do not want to work towards.
Feeling in control of one’s life is an important element in finding the perfect balance for anyone. Some people cannot concentrate in a messy room, others’ feel like uber-tidiness inhibits their creativity. These preferences, as anything in life, can of course change at any given moment. That’s the best part about life: You can try out different lifestyles until you find the ideal fit.
Now that you’ve caught up to the latest life-hack, stress-detox and guru advice, ask yourself:
Could you imagine being a minimalist?
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