What is the minimalist people's checklist
Minimalism stands for a frugal, simple, joyful life. In our society, however, to be able to lead such a life requires the gift of being able to say no. Because leaving the hamster wheel of “ever more and faster” is a masterpiece. In this article, you'll learn why minimalism is more than just a method of clearing things out. You will see how closely minimalism is linked to a free lifestyle and satisfaction. You will also receive very practical tips for clearing out the clutter. With the help of a detailed minimalism clearing-out list, you can tackle the clearing out systematically. You will see, clearing out brings relief.
Minimalism, liberation from consumerism
Anyone who deals with minimalism probably already has the insight that the joys of consuming usually do not last long. Everyone knows it, as soon as you have the latest, there is already something apparently better, faster or more practical. Our consumer society is designed precisely so that we can never keep up with the apparently revolutionary developments. The urge to be modern and progressive is already given to us as children through advertising and other cultural manipulations. Social phenomena such as status and belonging also play an important motivating role. The realization that there is little quality of life to be gained in this hamster wheel leads to the search for alternatives - minimalism is one of them.
Does minimalism mean a life without luxury?
I don't think so, but it depends. To answer this question, we first need a common understanding of luxury. In general, luxury is equated with luxury goods or a high level of comfort or convenience. However, the assignment of comfort levels and luxury goods to the luxury or essential classes are mostly subjective. Although there are generally recognized luxury goods such as a private jet, yacht or an expensive bottle of whiskey. Nevertheless, between essentials such as bread and drinking water and the luxury goods mentioned, an almost infinite range of consumer goods, furniture and real estate can be made out. Of course, economists have now drawn up definitions for the assignment. However, this does not prevent anyone from questioning them personally. What is luxury for some would be torture for others: a bottle of whiskey or your own house, for example. So it's about the personal definition of luxury.
Less is more!
This somewhat abstract assertion is quite logical to some. Following the mathematical logic, however, it is initially nonsense. In order to be able to do something with the claim, one would have to know what there is more of and what there is less of? People often realize that less is more when they realize that they are in danger of suffocating in excess. Your apartment is completely crammed with things that you almost never need. When moving, for example, it becomes clear that fewer items are more money and time. Because there is less to pack and transport together. If you own so little that you don't need a moving company, you save money and time. As a long-term traveler, “fewer items” means less weight and therefore more comfort. It pays to pack very carefully. My Pack Coaching will help you to pack for a long journey with a packing list.
"We have nothing to lose!"
People who own nothing, nothing can be taken from them. Such people are often more courageous because they have nothing to lose. However, those who own a lot often live in fear of losing their property. Such fears can become a burden in the long run. Fewer objects can mean less fear and a stronger feeling of freedom, i.e. to be more free. Minimalism is the attempt to strike a balance between nothing and too much. Finding the minimum for your own satisfaction remains an individual task and cannot be included in a list. Minimalism means that you are satisfied with fewer possessions and not dissatisfied with too little. As a philosophy of life, minimalism helps to escape the universal compulsion to consume in our society and to break new ground. There are many examples of new approaches: from community ownership to sharing to community economy.
Clearing out is the first step towards minimalism
Although minimalism doesn't just refer to material things, clearing out is an easy approach to familiarizing yourself with the benefits of minimalism. (You can find out how to do this below.) But minimalism is more of a philosophy of life than a method of clearing things out. Those who follow the philosophy of life of minimalism automatically clear out more and more areas of their life. The key question is, "Do I need this to be happy and content?"
Minimalism Declutter List PDF (Free)
If you don't know where to start, I recommend my minimalism clearing out list. With this check list you can systematically clear out your belongings place by place. Simply enter your email address and you will immediately receive the download link to the five-page “Minimalism Clutter List”.Download free PDF now
Clearing out is not easy on your own
There are people who find it easy to declutter. They are unlikely to read this article. They simply part with the most diverse, letting go is easy for them.
Other people find clearing out or letting go very difficult. For every item you will find a reason why you should have it and keep it. Even if you haven't used it for several years. Is it difficult for you to let go too? The crucial question for you is, "Do I need this to be happy and content?" But where do you start with questions and clearing out?
Away with it! From A to Z, a book recommendation
In her book “Away with it! From A to Z ”Rita Pohle combs through every area of life radically. Because we don't just collect everyday objects for a long time. Many of us also accumulate outdated contacts, emotionally charged but long-dusty souvenirs and former friendships (e.g. on social platforms such as Facebook). Pohle’s book helps with holistic mucking out and clearing out your life. A few chapters have opened my eyes. I can recommend the book to anyone who wants to tackle clearing out holistically. The book is divided into small chapters with specific tips. Thus, depending on your leisure time, you can easily tackle another area daily or weekly without having to take vacation to clear out the clutter. You can set the pace yourself.
Clearing out as a process or a one-off action?
"After me the deluge." or "When I die, the others can clean up." I have heard sayings like this from people who are struggling or afraid to take responsibility for their own actions or cannot let go. That is why they keep hoarding everything they no longer need in the basement or attic until it becomes a burden to them or to others. Personally, I have attended several large clearings. These were often necessary due to drastic changes: death, home move or business closure. With such one-off campaigns, a garbage can is often ordered due to time pressure and a lot is thrown away ruthlessly. Some people dread this scenario. It almost symbolizes how subjective our sense of value is. On this subject I can recommend this SWR2 Podcast on the subject of estate administrators. If you want to prevent your own inventory from being thrown away, it is best to clean up while you are alive.
Reasons for regular clearing out
So whoever accepts minimalism as a philosophy of life will practice clearing out as a lifelong process. However, clearing out will not be a burden, but a recurring joy and relief. Because it enables wonderful encounters when passing on, sharing or giving away. These are the rewards for cleaning up. Regular or continuous clearing out also enables the principles of resource-saving handling of objects to be applied. Enable further use by passing it on to the second-hand store or recycling by adding it to the material cycle. If you wait too long with this, you risk that objects that can still be used become obsolete and have to be thrown away later in a one-off action. Regular clearing out can even be a small source of income. Selling unused items on online exchanges can add to your budget. It is also worth giving away. In any case, I am happy when an object that was once loved is useful to someone else in the future. Incidentally, there is also a growing awareness of value and benefit.
Clearing out items is “only” the first step
If you don't ask yourself when tidying up: "Do I need this to be happy and content?" will always find a new place for every thing, no matter how useless. Because for many people tidying up means arranging them nicely. And as I said, leaving the hamster wheel of “ever more and faster” is a masterpiece. This is where the preventive effect of minimalism comes into play. Who asks himself honestly while shopping "Do I need this to be happy and satisfied?" will have to clear out fewer and fewer items.
Clearing out promotes emotional development
Being able to let go is a gift that is not only useful for clearing out things. If you have mastered this gift, you can also start clearing out other spheres. Letting go of old maybe even false friends, letting go of past own and inherited included emotions, letting go of feelings of guilt, letting go of inappropriate expectations. These are just a few examples that can give you new spiritual ease. Seen in this way, minimalism can also pave the way for personal development.
Do we need material clearing out for spiritual growth?
My answer is no, but it helps. Anyone who has cleaned out and cleared out his environment in such a way that it generates fewer negative emotions or feelings is freer to deal with immaterial development. It is probably no coincidence that in most religions monks and nuns are only allowed to have little or no property. It is commonly accepted that the people around us influence us. However, the power of the objects around us is often underestimated. Feng Shui, the Chinese doctrine of order, was already familiar with this wisdom.
The cover picture comes from a contribution from Deutschlandfunk. The images come from the sources indicated (see captions), the embedded podcast from SWR2. The minimalism declutter list was created with Libre Office.
This article was written by Dominique
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