5 Common Minimalism Myths People Believe

Minimalism myths that are not true

More and more people seem to be seeking out the benefits that minimalism brings. I have practised minimalism for many, many years, even before I could put a name to it. A lot of the core principles I have followed in my every-day life happened by chance before I even came across the term. I have always been good with my finances and budgeting. I have never owned much stuff by choice; I have always just lived a fairly minimal existence.

Now that sounds quite sad when I read it out loud - a minimal existence! But it has been anything but really, the usual ups and downs that everyone's life has. But minimalism has certainly benefited me in many aspects of my life.

There are however some common myths when it comes to minimalism. While everyone will have their own definition of what it means and people can incorporate it into their lives how they see fit, the black and white thinking some people have around the subject are just not true.

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5 Common Minimalism Myths:

Minimalism means owning as few items as possible:

While minimalism can certainly involve owning fewer items, it's important people understand that there are no hard strict rules. Minimalism is just a mindset and lifestyle that prioritizes simplicity, mindfulness, and intentional living, however you wish to bring that into your life, is upto you.

It's about thinking about what you own. It's about recognising the difference between what is truly important to you and what is merely clutter or excess, and brings no value to you or your life at all. And that stretches further then physical possessions as well.

Minimalists don't enjoy material possessions:

Minimalism is not about completely rejecting material possessions. It's about being mindful of what you own and being intentional about the things you bring into your life. 

By being mindful of what you own, you will become more aware of the things that truly add value and meaning to your life. It's about letting go of excess and unnecessary possessions that may distract or burden you, and instead, surrounding yourself with the things that serve a purpose or bring you joy.

By being intentional about the things you bring into your life, you will carefully consider each purchase you make. You will ask yourself questions like: Do I really need this? Will it enhance my life in a meaningful way? Do I really need 3 phones?

Minimalism is a one-size-fits-all approach.

While the core principles of minimalism remain constant, the specific implementation can vary from person to person. Some people may choose to own as few items as possible, embracing a more extreme form of minimalism. Others may adopt a more moderate approach.

The beauty of minimalism is that it is adaptable and can be customised to fit your unique circumstances and goals. It is about finding a balance that works for you and supports your well-being and personal growth. It's a personal journey that can evolve over time as your needs and circumstances change.

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The beauty of minimalism is in the simplicity

Minimalism is only about decluttering physical possessions.

While physical decluttering is an important aspect of minimalism, it also extends to decluttering other parts of your life, this might be with your relationships, commitments, and even your mind. It's about simplifying and streamlining various aspects of your life for greater clarity and focus. Many people want to simplify their life, both physically and mentally. 

Minimalism helps you with this. It will encourage you to let go of excess, embrace living, and find contentment in the essentials. Rather than chasing after material possessions, minimalism will invite you to explore the richness of a simpler, more meaningful existence.

Minimalism means sacrificing comfort or convenience:

Minimalism is not about sacrificing comfort or convenience; rather, it's about consciously choosing what adds value and purpose to your life while eliminating excess that doesn't contribute to your well-being. It can and will enhance your comfort and convenience in so many ways.

One example would be instead of having a cluttered and disorganized closet full of clothes you rarely wear, minimalism will encourage you to curate a wardrobe that consists of items you truly love and feel comfortable in. This can make getting dressed in the morning easier and more enjoyable.

It's certainly not about sacrificing comfort or convenience, but rather about making conscious decisions to enhance your overall well-being.

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