Adopting a minimalist lifestyle is not as challenging as you may think it is.
You too can find your way into the world of minimalism. Minimalist trends are continuing to become more and more popular.
Choosing important key items to decorate with, fill your closet with a handful of key pieces, and even listening to simple, mindful music can change the world.
If you’re looking to adopt this new lifestyle, you will be joining the millions of people who have also followed this path.
Let’s dig deeper into the rise of the minimalist movement and why people are choosing a minimalist lifestyle today.
What is the Minimalist Movement and How Did it Get Started?
The movement began in the 1950s and ’60s.
It started with simple art pieces, which bled into the fashion and clothing world. It would then inspire many different avenues of art and lifestyle choices.
The minimalist lifestyles would then make its way into architectural designs. Simple white walls with one sofa and kitchens filled only with items needed. People found peace in owning less and decorating with purpose in their homes.
The relief of less clutter translates into everyday life more than you’d think.
The feeling of knowing what you own and the purpose it serves in your household has a stronghold within the mind.
The fact that you own enough plates and cups to have a dinner party for 50 when you’ve only ever had 6 people over, ends up taking more space not only in your home but in your mind.
The money that people were wasting on owning a lot of ‘things’ to feel like they were abundant was quickly noticed as an unhealthy mindset.
Through the early stages of the minimalist movement, it consisted of pitching items in the household that were no longer in need or use.
Families started to clean up their living spaces and closets by force of need, with the Great Depression and then in 2007 having experienced the worst economic downturn the States had witnessed since 1929.
The Minimalist Trend
As the minimalist lifestyle would rear its head once again with the new downturn in the economy, the States looked into new ways of spending less.
Out of simple necessity, the world would shift the viewpoint of what life really means, and how ‘things’ don’t necessarily translate into happiness.
Owning more and wanting more never created a happy person.
The fashion world would show that it was possible to own three t-shirts and two pairs of pants but wear them differently to inspire new looks.
Minimalist lifestyle shows would make their way to television, showing how to organize houses, cleaning up stuffed closets, filled-to-the-brim pantries, and sheds full of tools that had never been touched.
Having the worst economic crisis occurring in the States since the Great Depression sent a lot of people craving the world of minimalist living.
. During the worst recession the States had seen at the time (which was soon to recover in 2009) the iPhone came out.
The design reflected the new popular minimalist lifestyle. With a sleek look and simple applications within; Apple would soon take mainstage in all of technology.
As we all know, they would stay on top as the #1 cellphone, computer, and tablet provider.
Creating a simple platform for the masses was key in Steve Jobs’s success in selling his devices. The world continues to use Apple, enjoying the simple and easy to use devices.
Minimalist lifestyles are trending around the world, not only in the United States.
More and more people choosing to live this way creates so many different opportunities for reusing old items, donating to the less fortunate, and creating mindfulness that will follow outside of your home.
The space it gives not only in our cupboards but in our mind can translate into a different view of the world.
When our lives aren’t bogged down with useless possessions, we can see beyond the clouds into a different dimension of living.
It’s creating a world that can be sustainable and a conscious group of humans.
Using only what we need, decorating with simple and purposeful things we are finding that our mindfulness is much more important than appearing abundant.
Abundancy runs high within the minimalist lifestyle, simply by freeing up all of our ‘tied up’ space.
The Minimalist Lifestyle
Not only did the recession in 2007 sparked a new way to live – it’s changed the world for the better in many ways. Learning the words, ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ from school transforms a mindset.
Simply put, if we are all trying to be the best and not buying things for the joy of shopping, we can change the world. The economy will still be balanced with this mindset.
To complete the thought of creating a minimalist lifestyle within your world is less challenging than you’d think.
The motto; ‘Less is More’ is the foundation!
Finding your way into this new world is as simple as looking in the mirror and asking yourself what you need even just in the house versus what you can get rid of.
Letting go of unnecessary items will create an amazing space within your mind.
It’s not hard to accomplish, even simply starting with your closet, I’m sure there are a few items you haven’t touched in years but are still taking up space and cluttering your mind.
Don’t feel overwhelmed, it can be done in a few different hauls. Starting to sort through the items you never touch and donating them to the less fortunate is a great way to begin your new journey as a minimalist.