For as long as I remember I have always been a minimalist. Not sure where it has come from but it is something that has always been a big part of how I live my life.
What is a minimalist? Insert the “dictionary definition” for yourselves, right now even as I type this and you read this, I couldn’t tell you the “dictionary definition”. For me this is irrelevant, and frankly I don’t care. In fact to take this point even further, I didn’t actually know I was a minimalist until my boss / mentor / good friend pointed it out to me.
I don’t need things. Clutter (as I call it) is something that I go out of my way to avoid. Small things to large things that are not required, and are a distraction, I avoid.
I don’t need things:
- I don’t have a car – easy living in San Francisco and easy when I lived in London
- I don’t have more clothes than what can fit into one case – why when you can only where 3-5 items at a time
- I don’t have a TV – why when you can get all the information / pleasure / enjoyment from the internet or actually, better still, from a book? (for me, one with Spies). I will eventually get a TV but not sky/cable. How much time do you waste watching mindless TV, just because it is on at that moment?
What this can give you?
Removing the clutter from your life enables you to focus on more productive things. It enables conversations. It enables you to have a ‘thing’ a hobby, something that you can be passionate about. And probably the most important – it enables exercise.
Sound like something you want to do?
Once a month throw things out that you have not used for over 3 months. Be brutal, I mean EVERYTHING you have not used and therefore don’t need…actually better still rather than throw it away – sell it!
Try it, it will change your life.