Minimalism as a Mindset

My husband and I just moved, and there are a lot of boxes. SO MANY boxes. It’s making me realize how much stuff I actually have, that I didn’t think I had. I have decluttered so much, yet there is still so far to go. How did we even cram this much stuff into our little apartment? How would it even be possible to move if we happened to have even more stuff, like the majority of people do?

I know that minimalism is a mindset, and it’s not entirely about how much stuff you have. But packing up my many possessions is making me feel like a “bad” minimalist, and question how much I am committed to this non-consumerist lifestyle.

For the most part, we all like having certain things. Especially us cozy homemakers. But how many of each thing can we get away with and still be content and able to live our lives in a way that is satisfying?

My first draft of this post was all about me, and what stuff I have too much of. But would that really be interesting to you, the reader? Instead, I am going to talk about how we can apply minimalism no matter what we have.

As I said before, minimalism is a mindset. It is actually largely about what you do with your time, and how you contribute to the world. Instead of focusing on and obsessing about the things you own and have to take care of or want to own, you focus outward on volunteering your time or money, taking care of yourself and your family, etc. You can still do all these things with a little more at your house rather than a little less. But for some people (such as myself) it is definitely calming to come home to a relaxed, clutter-free environment, instead of one chock-full of extra stuff.

My original title for this post was “Worst. Minimalist. Ever.” Because that’s how I felt when I started packing. But when I think about it in this way, maybe I’m a pretty good minimalist after all.

In the end, there has to be a balance between what you have and how you live your life. If you are spending too much time thinking about your possessions and/or what you need next, how can you give your full attention to more important matters?

What do you think: can you have a lot of things and still pursue a minimalist lifestyle, as long as you are committed to making intentional choices and avoiding over-consumption?

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  1. I suppose you have to examine everything you have and decide whether it’s used or wasted. If you are prepared to do this you probably are a minimalist – but like many things in life there are different degrees to it.
    Having a family will thwart most of your good intentions – but you can at least try.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful response, as always. It can be complicated to determine what “used” vs. “wasted” means for each person, as there are so many emotions we attach to objects. Do I use it sometimes, or all the time? Do I just enjoy having it? I think you’re right in saying that there are varying degrees, that’s a good way to look at it.

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