Of late, I have been attempting to follow minimalism – though, in effect, I would actually call it utilitarianism rather than minimalism.
Here is a note I had written in my journal in Sept 2012 and I thought I will share it here.
Was thinking of minimalism today.
I think its not about owning the least number of things. It’s not obsessing over owning less.
It is simply about making more room for things you really need and enjoy by getting rid of those that you don’t need.
It is simply about 3 things
- stuff you really need
- stuff you really enjoy owning
- in quantities that ensures its optimal usage
Or maybe in 1 sentence – “make everything count”.
Also, it is really okay to indulge in things that you truly enjoy owning. If it’s going to make you pretty happy, you know you really need it and will use it, its worth owning.
Rest could be mercilessly downsized.
The downsizing process: remove stuff that you
- no longer need
- no longer enjoy using
- have too many quantities of (until the quantity is acceptable)
I (we) gave out a lot of stuff in the last 3-4 months including expensive clothes, books, gadgets, kitchen items and a ton of random stuff that we had accumulated over the years. The house feels much lighter now.
I am actually enjoying my current lifestyle of owning less. In fact, almost all my personal stuff could now be stuffed into a backpack. [Items shared by family not included, like TV, table, etc. Of course, add my car, bicycle and cycling rack to my stuff, I can't live without them ].
Less is good. You are aware of what you own and get to enjoy owning it!
I neither follow any minimalism blog nor like any as of today. I used to like Leo Babauta’s mnmlist.com, but of late started feeling that he’s turned a minimalist for the sake of being a minimalist – if you get what I mean.
For a more meaningful view of the kind of minimalism I like, I would recommend reading One man’s wilderness by Richard Proenneke.