— Minimalism isn’t about having less stuff. It’s not about how many things you own, or what you decide to spend your money on. Rather, Minimalism as a life philosophy is about the thoughtful consideration of what to *include* in your life. It’s about the acknowledgement of value something has in your life. If something doesn’t have significant value; if it doesn’t assist your existence in this short life, it doesn’t deserve a place in it.
By paying just a little more attention to the things that come into your life, we can free up the mental capacity to care about the things that are already in our lives. Minimalism as a life philosophy is useful not just for the decluttering of everyday things, but also for the relationships, emotions, and stories we harbour within us. If you have an unrequited rather than synergistic relationship in your life, consider if it needs to change, grow, or go. If you have strong emotions within you, consider if they need to be re-thought about or reconsidered. If you have stories you tell yourself over and over again, consider their usefulness and if they serve you or hinder you.
Minimalism can be applied to everything you do in life. It’s the thoughtful consideration of how to build it; and the more thought you put into building your life, the more you’ll come to enjoy it.