I recently stumbled across a very popular blog called ‘The Minimalists’. I came to this blog via a TED talk two guys had on living a more meaningful life with less “stuff” in our lives. I was hooked. I found myself reading article after article on their blog. The idea of living a minimalist life resonates with me intensely.

Images like the ones below (more here) soothes my soul. so simple, so clean.

The idea is that you remove all the crap from your life to make room for what matters, like relationships, things that add value, meaning, life.

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.

There is much more to it than simply decluttering your home. There are various forms and examples of people living as minimalists. I decided to take on the 21-day minimalist challenge they have on their website. Ok it’s not really a challenge, it’s a 21-day guide to living more minimalist. I’ll be using my own version of it but it boils down to the following:

Remove everything from your closet, kitchen, living room and/or house and move it into a different room or pack it away. Then over the next few weeks every time you need something you go fetch it from where it was packed away, use it and replace it in its original location. The idea is that if you have not taken something out form the box or location where you stored it in a month, then you can get rid of it.

If you haven’t used it in 90 days, and you don’t see yourself using it in the next 90 days then get rid of it. Minimalism aims to…

  • Eliminate our discontent
  • Reclaim our time
  • Live in the moment
  • Pursue our passions
  • Discover our missions
  • Experience real freedom
  • Create more, consume less
  • Focus on our health
  • Grow as individuals
  • Contribute beyond ourselves
  • Rid ourselves of excess stuff
  • Discover purpose in our lives

I have to get my wife onto this journey as well. She can be quite the hoarder… 🙂