Becoming a Minimalist doesn’t mean there is deprivation. It’s true that you may still be
tempted by the newest shiny thing but just because you don’t buy it doesn’t make you deprived.
We are sucked in by marketing and consumerism. When you clear your clutter and get down to the basics it simply feels good. The attraction to having more stuff becomes less and less over time. After a while you become more selective in a personal way. You might find the value and enjoy re-use and renew such things as old chairs, household items, and get excited about creating something new in an artistic way like Lois Field. You might try cleaning out your closet for the last time and finding The Rule of Three is for you or taking beauty one step further and letting it be.
As you clear the clutter at your own pace either gradually or all at once you begin to see the peace and satisfaction in having more space to breath as well as more time to call your own with less time cleaning and organizing. You have less financial stress because your expectations begin to align well with your means. Minimalism may even become a bit addictive and you may go to extremes at times. Minimalism is a very personal thing. There is no one way or right way to go about it other than doing it your way. You may want to get more ideas by following others blogs or conversations but in the end you get to decide what works and what doesn’t
Deprivation is so different than minimalism. Deprivation is an uncomfortable feeling that doesn’t go away. It’s an ache and a true need for something that is missing. If you want a more simple life you may have experienced the deprivation that comes with chaos, stress, and hunger for less drama and a happier life. Minimalism isn’t for everyone and you may find that you miss all of that garbage, stress, and chaos because it was oh-so-familiar. That’s okay but I haven’t met anyone yet that went that far back. Minimalism is somewhat of an evolution and you pursue it as you are able. You become comfortable with less and more will actually bother you. There are times when I gather more clothes than I really need and it doesn’t last long.
You can have it all and still become a minimalist. Think about keeping things simple and having the basics. Instead of all that processed food just keep basics such as oatmeal, eggs, cheese, meat, fresh vegetables, and fruit. You don’t really need anything else in your kitchen. Add the green tea if you like it. Drink more water. Let go of all of the appliances, plastic, and boxes. Use technology to your advantage if you want to or don’t have it all. Do something in between. Go completely digital and never move paper off the counter again. If you think you are going to be deprived of the joy of filing then don’t do it. Get rid of one thing every day, donate it, find a way to reuse it, recycle it or give it away. The feeling that you get when you know you have given something you aren’t using to someone that needs it is beyond amazing. You’ll smile for days. We’ve been depriving ourselves of that joy by holding onto our things just because we “own them”.
Minimalism is a choice that I made seven years ago and looking back my only regret is that I didn’t embrace it sooner. For now, I still feel like I have a long way to go but it’s a journey every day and I enjoy every step.