Why is the minimalist movement so important in this day and age?
In a time when so much is easily accessible to us, it’s easy to get carried away. The entire world is at our fingertips with our smart phones and laptops, especially since the advent of wireless internet. We can order anything our hearts desire and it will arrive at our doorstep fairly quickly (unless it’s one of “those” eBay situations where the seller just never ships!). We can – literally – find out the weather in Timbuktu. We can even check out what NASA is up to, and view the latest images being transmitted back to us from deep space.
So in an age where we can have it all we must ask ourselves… what truly makes us happy?
Joshua Becker of BecomingMinimalist.com defines minimalism as, “[…] The intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” The old adage that he with the most toys wins is becoming less and less relevant to us as a culture. That’s why the Flow Team developed our Simpler Living program. We want to help our clients experience the joy of letting go, the power of less, the freedom and peace that comes with clearing out our homes of unnecessary clutter and mess.
If you’re overwhelmed by your “stuff”, here are a few handy tips to get you started on the path to simplicity:
- Categorize. It’s easier to work through your belongings by dividing and conquering. By going through your “stuff” by type, rather than room-to-room, you will have a better sense of what you own, as well as how much space you will need to store what you end up keeping. Bring everything of one type into one room, and go through it all at once.
- Work on practical things first. It’s much easier to get the ball rolling by going through “nuisance items” – such as old papers or things you already know are destined for recycling or the thrift store – to get yourself into the swing of things. Go through sentimental items last, as they are the most emotional to address and often halt the process completely if you’re not ready.
- Be gentle with yourself. Decluttering can be a stressful process, and we can often give up halfway through because we get overwhelmed. Be kind to yourself as you go through this journey! You’ve made a big commitment to improve your life by clearing away this excess “stuff”; be proud of the progress you make, even if it seems small.