Joshua Becker defines minimalism as the intentional promotion of the things we most value by removing everything that distracts us from it.
There is a lot of truth in that statement.
Minimalism is more than just decluttering your home. It’s a way of life that can help you focus on what’s important and let go of the things that don’t bring value to your life.
But it’s not always easy. There are forces working against us—sometime in our own homes.
To help encourage you today, here are 10 short but powerful reminders to keep you on a minimalist path.
1. Less is more: Remember that the less you own, the less you have to manage and maintain. Focus on quality over quantity.
2. Experiences are better than possessions: This is proven by studies over and over. Instead of spending money on material possessions, invest in experiences that bring you joy and memories that will last a lifetime.
3. Don’t cling to a past mistake just because you spent a lot of energy making it: Never hold onto possessions out of guilt or obligation. Let them go and free yourself from unnecessary emotional baggage.
4. You have so many good things already: Be grateful for what you have and appreciate the things that bring value to your life. This will help you resist the urge to accumulate more.
5. Intentional consumerism is better than unintentional consumerism: Before making a purchase, ask yourself if it aligns with your values and if you truly need it.
6. Progress is better than perfection: Minimalism is a journey, not a destination. Take small steps and be patient with yourself as you work towards a simpler life.
7. Some pursuits in life are more important than others: Identify the things that truly matter to you and prioritize them in your life.
8. Comparison is the thief of joy: Minimalism looks different for everyone. Don’t compare your journey to others and focus on what works for you.
9. You only get to live once: Eliminate physical and digital clutter to help you focus on what’s important and live your best life.
10. The more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you: Possessions end up consuming our time, energy, and mental space. Focus instead on the things that truly matter in life.
Take some time today to think about these reminders in your daily life.
Each one can help you stay on a minimalist path and keep focused on what truly brings value to your life.
Let’s all remove the distractions that keep us from our values—and find greater joy because of it.