It took me a couple of years to figure it out, but I’ve finally realized that there is no such thing as magic bullet minimalism.
I wish someone had shared this with me when I first started down this path – it would have made my life a heck of a lot easier.
There are oodles of posts on the interweb full of ‘how to’ guides on minimalism – how to have the perfect minimalist closet, how to declutter your kitchen the right way, how to convince your family that minimalism is right for them (aka magic bullets to be a minimalist) – the list goes on and on.
But all of these posts can be boiled down to one key point.
The one and only thing you need to do to succeed as a minimalist is put in the effort. Click To Tweet
Were you hoping for an easy to-do list to be the perfect minimalist? Sorry, those don’t (or shouldn’t) exist.
Magic Bullet Minimalism
When you make the conscious decision to pursue a life not directed by your possessions, that’s when the hard work begins.
It’s hard because it requires you to trust yourself. You have to trust that your life is worth more than your possessions. Trust that you know what adds value to your life. And hardest of all, you have to trust that minimalism is the right path for you, no matter what anyone in your life says.
The fact is, it’s often easier to just trust a minimalist blogger who has already done the hard work in their own lives. Why would you reinvent the wheel when someone on the internet has a ton of listicles for you to follow?
I’ve been there, done that. The problem with that is if your life doesn’t magically become better you can blame the listicle you followed. Rather than saying ‘maybe this isn’t the right version of minimalism for me’, it becomes easier to spiral and blame the blog, podcast or book for not fixing your problems. Hence why there is no such thing as magic bullet minimalism. Your life if your own experience, no one else can tell you how to live it.
You are the only one can decide to live off ramen noodles and peanut butter because you want to pay off your debt sooner (or in my case, save for a tiny house).
You are the only one who can choose to spend your weekends volunteering at a soup kitchen because you want to give back to your community.
Recognizing that you alone are responsible for your own life shouldn’t be a burden – it should be liberating!
Sure, there will always be circumstances in life beyond your control. But you get to choose to live your life every day in a way that aligns with your values and goals (or not). How awesome is that?
No one else can tell you how to be a minimalist. You get to choose what minimalism looks like to you.
The ‘magic bullet’ of minimalism is that you get to do all the hard work and reap the rewards.