How do you define Minimalism in your daily life?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Minimalism as, a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme sparseness and simplicity. And defines Style as, a particular manner or technique by which something is done, created, or performed.
Whether you’re new to Minimalism, beginning again and regaining focus, or completely lost your way and intend to start new. I hope this page inspires you. I am not a perfect minimalist, however I seek inspiration and look at Minimalism like a lens that creates clarity over my colorful life.
As a woman of color, raised by South American/Caribbean parents, we were taught to save, hold on to what we own, and send our gently used belonging to our families out of the US. Now as an adult with my own family, my habits are similar, however my new focus is to: low buy, clear debt, continue to learn new skills and be homeowners in the new year.
We must continue to dream and persevere, because we are resilient, with a vision, a focus and time well managed, we will overcome what task we set our minds to do. When we count our blessings, there’s plenty to be grateful for. I hope that we can find contentment with who we are and what we’ve earned.
I relate to and appreciate Christine Platt, Ecofriend.Lia, Rowe & Erin (Unapologetic Living), Yolanda Acree from Black Minimalists, Anekia Nicole, and Antonia & the Universe. Women who are authentic, honest in their approach, wholesome, and offer their unique perspective to others.
Create a plan
- Make it personal, define it for yourself. Write out your vision and your reasoning behind Minimalism. Whether it is to clear debt, curb spending habits by going on a low buy, it clean plant based foods, and personal relationships, etc. Know your why.
- Do your research Read books, blogs, and documentaries.
- Search for inspiration. Connect with others online and community for events in your area. Be the inspiration in your own family, not be vocally leading, but my leading by example, get focused on your personal goals. Sticking to your goals will is inspire others to move at their own pace.
- Own it. Don’t let anyone tell you who you are, be you authentically and confidently.
- “Elegance is elimination.” — Cristóbal Balenciaga
- “Don’t be afraid to live in an empty space. It’s advice that I followed from other minimalists and tiny house owners. There’s often a sense of urgency to “finish” a space. But taking a little time to live in your space will help you realize what you really need and love to make it a home.” — Christine Platt
- Be a curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy. — Leo Babauta
- “Minimalism, at its core, is an attempt at a more simplified life. It’s ridding ourselves of the compulsive need to collect stuff and to streamline our lives. Collect less, own less, have less, and feel freer.” — Nneka M. Okona, Atlanta-based freelance travel writer and blogger.
- “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
- Having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we cant find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside. — Tenzin Palmo
- If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the best season of your life. — Wumen Huikai
- “There are hundreds of ways to transition to a minimalist lifestyle. The first step is to declare all the reasons you want to live simply. Visualize your new life and then declare a clutter-free zone and keep a diary of your journey. Next, make a budget — and stick to it. Also, realize you are not alone and visit the sites of the above Black minimalists for additional resources, support, and guidance. With a little help and a bit of effort, you can learn how to live with less but experience more in life.” — Bobbi Booker, Tribune Staff Writer
- “For me, minimalism is not about a set number of things that we have. For me, minimalism is about financial freedom. So, how do we continue to live abundantly on far less than we think that we need? It is really the best way that I know how to take care of myself, to steward my peace of mind, and belong to myself. There is nothing, no substitute for the feeling of liberty, and the way that I have liberty in my life is that I think differently about things and I use the resources that do come to me to support an abundant and thriving future for the next generation.” — Roe Cummings