A Practical Approach to Living a Minimalist Lifestyle

Too often I will hear things about minimalism that other people will say.

“How can you call that minimalism?”

“That’s not a minimalist home!”

“How can she call herself a minimalist?”

Have you heard these sort of comments before? Maybe even coming from yourself in regards to other people?

There’s a reason for this.

Minimalism is kind of hard to pin down, because the truth is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to minimalism.

Yes, you could get rid of all of your items and live extremely frugally and minimalist like Fumio Sasaki, but that might not be the minimalistic approach that fits you.

I know personally that although I admire Fumio’s lifestyle, I wouldn’t be happy or fulfilled if I did the same thing.

I know I’ve said it previously, but minimalism is different for every person.

I’ll say it again:

Minimalism is different for every person

Living minimally needs to fit within your frame of life. You don’t force your frame necessarily to fit your minimalism.

For example, if you have children, you’re not going to make them wear clothes that are on the verge of falling apart simply because you don’t want to replace them. Minimalism isn’t dogmatic - you’re not going to be visited by the minimalism police if you don’t comply - and is highly personal for everyone.

In a personal example, we have very few electronics. For some people, having a television may be a priority - it may be their main priority - but for us that’s not the case, so we don’t have a television. We still watch shows on our iPads and phones, but that is sufficient for us.

Neither person is correct - we can’t convince someone that they need to give up their TV any more than they’ll be able to convince us to purchase one - but both are a definition of minimalism despite being polar opposite.

I’m telling you this because I want you to realize that minimalism isn’t about attaining a certain esthetic or throwing out all your things or living in poverty - these are all just examples of minimalism.

Your definition of minimalism and the way you live a minimalist lifestyle is your own.