Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. – Joshua Becker
This excellent definition contains three important points:
- Promotion of things we value first,
- Removal of not valuable things second,
- It’s intentional.
The advice of many minimalists is to start with reducing the number of items we own. Looking at the above definition, this may seem less important than promoting things of value, but they actually have a good point. Reducing the clutter in our life removes distractions. It teaches us we’ve bought too many things we don’t need and it’ll make us think twice before buying something new.
So yeah, we’re still allowed to have collections if that collection adds value. We don’t have to adhere to strict rules about living with less than 100 items. But we have to be intentional about the items we keep and the items we buy.
It is important to know, or find out, what things add the most value to your life. In most cases these are family, friends, and experiences. But it’s not one size fits all. This is something you’ll have to find out for yourself. One of the easiest ways to find out is to take a good and honest look at your past. Were you happiest when you drove that new car, or where you happier when you visited the Grand Canyon? Chances are your fondest memories are of the unique experiences you’ve had, the places you’ve been to, the people you’ve met. But, if you’re honestly happy while driving a car, then minimalism for you means buying a luxurious car and remove other things that add no value to your life.
The key is to be intentional about it.