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But.. wait a second! Are we talking about the same thing?
While minimalism is in vogue right now, it has been around for some time. It has made its way through philosophy, art, architecture, design and almost every field of knowledge. And just like for many ‚fancy‘ terms, ideas and definition strongly vary. Thus, before getting started, we decided to present our understanding of what minimalism is in our opinion. More precisely, we will start by defining what it is not.
What minimalism is not
Minimalism is not a race to the bottom
When people think of minimalism, they mostly think of getting rid of physical stuff, stop buying furniture, cars, clothes or subscribing to gym contracts. Or living outside in the wild like Christopher McCandless. Yes, this might be one form of minimalism. But it does not cover the topic as a whole as it only sees some specific results of minimalism – a state. To us, minimalism is a mindset and ongoing process.
Minimalism is not anti-consumerism
Minimalism is neither exclusive nor the only right way to go. It is a choice and can be applied to whatever degree we feel like. While owning less is often the result of a journey into minimalism, there is no reason to feel guilty buying stuff or make ourselves a pleasure. Veronika, for instance, loves bling bling shoes. And that is perfectly fine because it makes her happy. Minimalism shall not be a devotion, it shall enrich your life!
Minimalism is not universal
There is no perfect formula or blueprint to minimalism. It is not about trying to get rid of as much as possible. It is about determining what is truly important to us. It is about deciding what we truly want to have, do and be. Now what exactly is essential will strongly vary from person to person. So looking at someone and saying „That is too much“ or „That is not enough“ is simply wrong. Because minimalism is subjective.
So, what is minimalism after all?
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is learning to focus
What does add true value to your life? When we start thinking about why we are doing or owning something, we quickly notice that we cannot give a convincing answer in many cases. Eventually, we realize that we have or do things because society or our surroundings are expecting us to. But is it truly essential to us? Think twice. Just like strategy is the art of knowing what not to do in business, minimalism is the art of knowing what you don’t need. And then stripping it all down and most importantly: be comfortable with that.
Minimalism is a process
Minimalism is not a state to achieve. It is not that one holy grail of modern living. It is about continuously challenging yourself. We have been doing this for years and if we can say one thing, then it is all but easy. Four steps forth, three steps back – minimalism is demanding. We both often fall back because of the common beliefs and social standards circling around us. It is not easy to name and get rid of all those strings that influence you and hold you back from what is truly essential to you. But that is what minimalism is all about. It is a dynamic reassessment of your own priorities, day by day.
Minimalism is about time
By focusing on the essential we cut complexity out of our lives. And by challenging external traits we free ourselves from fears, worries, wrong beliefs and guilt. We create space for the essential and give ourselves more space to breathe. We become more flexible and individual. And eventually, spend more time with less. Thus, minimalism is the tool allowing you to value today’s most scarce resource: time.
The minimalism elevator pitch
Okay, that was a lot of information for the simple question: what is minimalism? And what kind of minimalists would we be without that one catchy minimalism elevator pitch? So here we go: To us, minimalism is
- the discovery of different ways of living in this world
- the assessment of inner needs
- the challenge of external influences
- and the design of a framework that allows us to focus on what is important to us in a simple way.