Part of the population still associates minimalism with doing without and a restricted lifestyle. Even though this topic is increasingly present in the media and is picked up by streaming services in the context of reality TV shows, minimalism has a rather stepmotherly existence despite its positive effects. Yet it offers something that is hardly known anymore: the feeling of not being able to lose anything.
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Living Minimally Better: Anything but “boring”
When you think of minimalism, bare rooms and empty cupboards quickly spring to mind. Renunciation, boredom, lack of demands and neglect are associations that are associated with the topic and with them also a cut in the joy of life. However, minimalism is anything but that. Accordingly, implementations can be found as in a penthouse in Valencia , where a Mediterranean style of living is realized, combining a traditional atmosphere with the principle of “less is more”. The same applies to this house in Belgium in a modern but simple concept. Examples of what beauty and charm can be achieved with minimalism.
However, it doesn’t have to be the penthouse or the dream house to benefit from the trend. Because minimalism also means being more mindful of the world and, above all, of yourself. Ballast and chaos in one’s own four walls reduce the quality of living, are a burden and can also lead to mental suffering. In addition, this lifestyle offers a potpourri of benefits. Starting with more space to the realization that nothing holds you back in achieving your individual goals.
Especially those who live on little space quickly lead a “crowded” lifestyle. This not only has an impact on personal development. In addition, everyday things such as drying laundry in the apartment, which can be well thought out but still be realized, may become just as problematic as the realization of interests. Incidentally, this also applies to people who live in large houses. The only difference is the temporal component, up to which it is not noticeable that the life was loaded with too many unnecessary things.
Minimalist better living: A word about doing laundry and drying clothes.
Clean laundry is a must. However, minimalism shows just as much in this area how sensible a conscious wardrobe is. Because fewer items of clothing means less washing, which saves detergent and the environment. By no means does only the “burlap” have to remain. Haute couture can of course also be put together in a minimalist way.
Does minimalism now make you happy?
Consumption as an economic activity serves one purpose for many citizens: satisfaction. When something nice can be afforded, no matter how small, it is often not only used to buy something special, but at the same time to satisfy a feeling inside that not infrequently feels empty. At the same time, however, people long for less. After all, more possessions also mean more stress.
According to statistics, the average European has around 10,000 things in his possession . These not only make life more pleasant; above all, they take the owner to task. As an example, it is not possible to travel “just once” for an indefinite period of time. Plants must be tended, bills paid, the vehicle maintained, the garden tended, the sidewalk cleaned, and the pets cared for. Not to mention the work that is pursued to pay for these things, but which cannot be enjoyed at all most of the time because of the money involved. In addition to this, a large number of objects, items of clothing, sound carriers, electronic devices and the like are considered obsolete at an increasingly rapid rate.
So if you have less to worry about and live a “simpler” life, you can free yourself. Not only from the duties around oneself, but also from fear of loss, from constraints and from the feeling of never having enough or being enough. Because it is not for nothing that more than 30 billion euros are spent annually by industry and business on advertising, which has only one goal: To create needs and desires.
Minimalism is therefore a decision for more mindfulness in dealing with consumption and thus a vote for more fun in life. Because instead of “more of the same,” everyday life is enriched with special pieces that offer actual added value. In addition, they leave enough room to fulfill one’s own dreams and desires, which comes very close to personal happiness.