Twenty-seven is a very specific number, I know. What made me pick it? Well, I turned 27 this past weekend (what?!) and I’ve always been big on taking a reflective glance back on my life once a year, just to check in. But, I wanted to put a little bit of a twist on it this year.
Since it was my birthday, I also wanted to celebrate our Tiny Ambitions community and all the wonderfully different voices and opinions you all have. I will be the first to admit I do not have all the answers when it comes to minimalism, and I think we can always learn from our peers.
So, the list below is crowd-sourced – how future forward of me!
I broke down the responses into two questions:
What has minimalism taught you?
What’s your favourite thing about minimalism?
These comments are completely verbatim (i.e. unedited), with the exception of adding one comma somewhere – I couldn’t help myself. Academic writing habits die hard my friends!
Without further ado, here are 27 things I’ve learned about minimalism. Sort of.
1. What has minimalism taught you?
Minimalism has taught me to become a more responsible consumer. Instead of buying a million cheaply made items of poor quality, I look to buy goods that will last. I may end up spending more money up front but because those items won’t need to be replaced, I end up saving money in the long run. Plus, I don’t clutter my space with junk! – @therinkydinklife
There’s almost always 1 more thing you can get rid of. Give it a few days/weeks and you’ll spot it and think why you didn’t see it sooner. – @tseanmalik
To appreciate what you have. It’s usually more than enough. – @michsummerfield
That we really need a whole lote less than we think we do in every area of our lives. – Jennifer Baron
It taught me the difference between needing and wanting. – @DividendReaper
How to repurpose something for a new life rather than multiple items only have 1 use. – @aab_aus
That less is truly more. More peace of mind, more time for living instead of ‘upkeep’, and more happiness. – @WorkingOnHappy_
Minimalism teaches more time not more things… no one at the end of their life wishes for more things… they wish for more time and minimalism is the vehicle to that end. – @laurelhaeser
Material things cannot fill voids of a traumatic past. Attachments to things will not fulfill you. But surrounding yourself with people who are your village does. Experiencing life minimally frees you, not enslaves. – Colleen McNeese
Minimalism taught me to appreciate being present in my activities. Especially with cooking. – @DeveautedDaily
One thing minimalism has taught me is to be true to myself. While on the surface minimalism seems to be a lifestyle choice about one’s physical environment, it’s so much more than that. Once I stripped away my physical and mental clutter and learned how to slow down, I was able to understand what is really important to me and start living my life the way I want it to be, not the way society expects it to be. – @simplelifeexperiment
That small=smart. It’s more efficient, more flexible and more eco-friendly, living a minimalist life. – @adkfarmerdan
How much fuller and freer my life is with less! – @SmallishBlog
That less physical clutter means also less mental clutter. – @MidsMinimalist
That being patient often leads to the best result. Far too often we acquire things from a place of scarcity. -@DeclutterQueeny
Self-acceptance – meaning I don’t feel that I NEED STUFF to define me or to make myself feel good, particularly when it comes to fashion. Having said that, I don’t usually call myself a minimalist! – @simplygraceelaine
2. What’s your favourite thing about minimalism?
Life is so much easier when you have less stuff to dust and organize. – @itsakatelife
I’m not exactly a minimalist but have taken some of their lessons to heart. I find a less cluttered house = less cluttered mind, less stress. @8020yourfinance
Minimalism (and tiny house living) has made me more intentional in how I want to spend my time and energy. To me, it’s freedom. – @2_little_indians
Less things = more happiness. More time to think about what really matters instead of what you don’t have! – @BritneeTanner
For me, minimalism has been about slowing down and living with more intention. I really think that my education shaped my mind to be in overdrive 24/7 (which isn’t a bad thing, but it can become a problem when it happens outside of work/education). Minimalism has been about simplifying everything abou my life, so my mind can settle and focus on being present! – @samanthapenlington (Samantha is a friend IRL and she’s an awesome nutritionist! Check her out!)
Minimalism is one of the most liberating things I’ve ever done for myself, mentally, emotionally, and physically. – @sandymechelle
There you have it – the people have spoken! Of course, the post wouldn’t be complete without my two cents. What has minimalism taught me? That I need a heck of a lot less than I think to be content. What’s my
What has minimalism taught me? That I need a heck of a lot less than I think I do to be content. I’ve downsized so much from my shopaholic days, and it’s amazing how much ‘stuff’ I still find I can live without. Especially now that we are gearing up for the big move, I’m finding it much easier to let go of things. Minimalism it seems, is adaptable to everyone, even (and especially) when our needs change.
What’s my favourite thing about minimalism? Without it, I’d never have connected with all of you wonderful people! I am not much of a people person and socializing makes me terribly anxious. Without this blog, I’d just be another hermit sitting in my apartment talking to myself, so thanks for letting me voice my opinions from time to time.
What has minimalism taught you? Let me know in the comments!!
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