Minimalism is not the end goal; it is a means to an end. We can get caught into the vortex of decluttering, which can take a year or more, that we can’t imagine a life where we are not stopping by the donate center or paring down kitchenware once a month. After making cleaning, cooking, and other routines the most efficient and adding peace to life, through downsizing physically and otherwise, we are left with new time and energy. This peace benefits everyone.
Minimalism means different things to different people, and the reasons for it are personal. However, there are common goals for the afterward. More specifically, this is what I think about when I think about minimalism.
psychology: figuring out who you are, examining influences and premises in place from childhood
depth: growing spiritually through meditation, listening to intuition, engaging creativity, watching the sun rise
freedom: taking a class or traveling, going on road trips, expanding horizons and understanding
health: becoming more mindful of what we eat, who we listen to, and increasing the time we spend in nature, being mindful
assistance: defending the vulnerable, either crushed by life or authority or both, listening
inspiration: encouraging a new way, increasing efficiency, harmony, inclusion – putting your money and time where your values are, with purchases or charity, finding the center
love: spending time with family and friends, being patient and compassionate with those that are difficult, understanding
This isn’t a to-do list, but more of a keep-in-mind list. Life can be a series of to-dos and milestones, instead of actually living, growing, and discovering. When we get lost in possessions and errands, it’s nice to come back to the center.