An Anti-Materialist’s Intro to Minimalism

Materialism clutters our lives. It is commonplace throughout all first world countries. We want stuff.

Major corporations prey on the fact that you want more things and you will keep buying them. We have fancy gizmos and gadgets that solve every niche problem in our lives.

We are consumers.

We are materialists. We find purpose in the objects we own.

Materialism, according to google, is…

a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.

So… what’s wrong with materialism? On a world-wide scale, there’s too much junk and wasted resources in the world. Garages full of plastic toys, rusted metal tools, and junk many of us will never use again. Our dumps are literally overflowing with junk. You don’t need to be “green” or an “environmentalist” to cut down on your part… but I’m not here to talk about that. I want to convict you on a personal level.

We’re all losing focus.

The more physical objects we “own”, the more it clutters our minds.

We have so many “things” that it has become easier to waste our time than to be productive. How many hobbies or sports have you tried over the years but never stuck with? Our garages are full of things we’re afraid to throw out because it might become useful one day or because it holds sentimental value.

What if we threw all of that away?

This year, I decided to do that. I threw away, donated, and sold most of everything I owned… except for those things I wanted to spend time working on. Now, when I look in the closet, I don’t see a closet full of old games and junk. Now I see a foam roller, a yoga mat, and my workout shoes. I open that closet every morning and I’m reminded it’s time to work out. My desk is no longer littered with papers. It’s just my computer and my external monitor. I am reminded everyday that I have a clean, open desk to write these articles with.

This is minimalism.

Minimalism is clarity and focus. Minimalism is intentional living and freedom from possessing. It’s a rebellion agains the culture we live in that says, “you need this” to succeed. True minimalists own extremely little. You’ll find articles online of people who say they own less than 100 “things”. While this is all great, I think it misses the point. The point is the rapid decluttering of life and a renewed focus on what we care about and what we’re passionate about.

Minimalism is the idea that you can live an intentional, meaningful, and simple life while not being superfluous or materialist.

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One Response to “An Anti-Materialist’s Intro to Minimalism”

  1. Kelsey October 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Love it! I’ve been selling and donating A TON lately too!

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