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Money Mythbuster: What Minimalism Isn’t
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Angela
Student Contributor
Posted January 23, 2018
Do you know when you went through your closet last? Are you aware of how many belongings you actually have and use? If you take some time to look through your stuff, you may find that you really don’t use as much of it as you thought. According to the L.A. Times, there are over 300,000 items in the American household. Minimalists typically only own a small fraction of this. This type of lifestyle is all about living a more fulfilling life with less, which may sound too good to be true. Adapting to minimalism, however, is easier than you may think. Check out these myths about it below to find out how.
1. You have to throw all of your belongings away
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Minimalists only throw away things in their life that cause them stress or discontentment.
This lifestyle isn’t about living with nothing. It’s about finding a sense of freedom by living with only what you need. Taking the time to reevaluate your current belongings and how much you use them is the first step to decluttering your life and mind.
2. Minimalism is a fad
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Minimalism may seem like it’s for the hip and trendy kids, and some people may like the aesthetic of it more than its actual purpose. It’s when it’s perceived in this way that it can be misinterpreted as a fad. Understanding minimalism’s true purpose and knowing that it’s more about clearing your mind than it is about looking cool is how it can avoid being looked at as another trend.
3. You can’t buy new things
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Buying something impulsively is different than doing so with intention. Purposeful spending is what minimalists aim to do. They still buy new things, however, they don’t let how they feel about an item in that moment have too much influence on whether or not they decide to buy it. Really thinking about the purchases you make and how you’ll use them is important as a minimalist. They usually refrain from adding to their belongings and buy or replace what is necessary instead.
4. Minimalism is unrealistic
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Rome wasn’t built in a day, so it’s unrealistic to assume that you’ll be able to fully embrace the minimalism lifestyle right away. Otherwise, with time, anyone can become a minimalist. Going through your current belongings, understanding what’s important to you, and what you want out of this lifestyle to improve your wellbeing will take some time. It’s important to remember there are no set restrictions to becoming a minimalist, and that it’s okay to take it all at your own pace.
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