In the hackneyed phrase from the movie “Fight Club,” one of the protagonists says, “The things you own end up owning you.” Regardless of whether it is a criticism of capitalism or a satire of young “rebels”, there is much truth in that phrase.
The idea of always wanting more is already almost inscribed in our DNA, as if our survival instinct dictated that the way to be safe is to buy and collect.
But they are no longer anything more than food that helps us survive the winter. Now we want more televisions, computers, cars, etc. Minimalism emerged as an aesthetic current in the 20th century, but Eastern cultures already had the precept of current well inscribed in their identity: less is more.
In an exchange of cultures, minimalism taught Steve Jobs to live with the most practical (which led to revolutionizing the world with the iPhone) and after that many Japanese began to recover the lifestyle in their homes and way of thinking. These are some of the things that could help you to live in a minimalist way.
Release your belongings
Many minimalists know exactly how many possessions they have. A Buddhist monk can sometimes have up to seven things, a minimalist sometimes has a hundred less. Maybe you shouldn’t give up everything right now, but drastically reduce the number of things that decorate your home, the clothes you have and what you continue to consume.
Organize your space
Architecture is an art for many reasons. Distribute the space of your home, however large or small, to leave as much free space as possible so that light fills it instead. You’ll have plenty of room if you want to meditate, work or just feel like you’re not being squeezed by tight spaces. You don’t have to end up with an empty house, just understand that each object has a specific space.
Think before acting
Do you really need to buy that garment or toy? Is it really necessary for you to say that comment even though it may be hurtful and doesn’t add anything to the conversation? Is the clutter in your home and life unfixable now, or are you just procrastinating?
Reduce, reuse, recycle
One of the best ways to help yourself and the planet is to give new life to certain things and in the end recycle them. It is impossible not to consume in a society like ours, but minimal and intelligent consumption may be the key to improving the world.
Have you tried living in a minimalist way? Or did you already do it without having a notion of the trend? Tell us what your daily routine is like, what you spend and how much you consume, so that you too realize everything you could change.