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There Is No Such Thing As Magic Bullet Minimalism

May 22, 2017
There's No Such Thing As Magic Bullet Minimalism | Tiny Ambitions

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.

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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.

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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.


Do you trust your instincts when it comes to minimalism? Have you found the form of minimalism that works for you? Let me know in the comments!

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  • rhinophile May 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I know there are folks who don’t feel they need to read any books, or watch any Ted talks etc on ‘how to have the life you desire’, however I have pretty much always been a sucker for getting advice from such things, including blogs! I have found that once an idea becomes a movement, such as minimalism, the more you read, the more confusing it can become. My current course of action is to ‘move on’ items that I rarely use, and avoid the desire to fill that spot in the cupboard with something new. Thanks for your input into this ongoing conversation! ☺️

    • tinyambitions May 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      Excellent point! I think this kind of content consumption becomes a problem when people use it to abdicate responsibility for their lives and possessions because they believe someone else has the answer to make their life better. I love reading about other people’s journeys, but they are exactly that – someone else’s. Thanks for reading!

  • Jessica Williams May 22, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Once you decide minimalism is for you, you are the only one who can get you there – I gave someone exactly this same advice the other day. I think it’s easier to fall into that procrastination trap than actually start, don’t you?

    • tinyambitions May 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Oh absolutely! It can seem like a daunting task to get started, especially if you get stuck reading conflicting ‘advice’ on how to be a minimalist. You’ve just gotta go for it and trust your gut!

    Hey! I'm Britt. I write about living a tiny, simple, intentional life. Because life doesn't need to be lived big.

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