It is the result of making the choice about what kind of life you want to live, and pursuing it.
Nothing about minimalism falls into the category of “can’t.” Minimalism is choosing what you’ll say “yes” to and getting rid of the rest.
Let’s unpack this thought just a little bit more.
Minimalists can’t own a TV, books, or more than 2 pairs of shoes
So many people get hung up on the idea that they’ll have to get rid of all of their beloved books and “extras,” such as their TV, hobbies, or collections.
Again, minimalism isn’t as much about restriction as it is the decision to keep only what serves a purpose or brings you joy.
You get a sense of hygge from your reading nook? Good. Keep your books.
Just be intentional about which books you keep.
Minimalists aren’t sentimental
I can see how minimalists get this reputation, but it’s a little unfounded.
Just as some choose to keep every scrap of paper from every event they’ve ever attended, minimalists choose to keep their memories and sentimental moments a little differently.
Many minimalists choose to digitally archive their sentimental belongings because they understand that the item itself is not what’s special. The people and memories connected to that item are what are truly valuable.
By digitally archiving your sentimental items, you’re able to keep them forever without them taking up any physical space within your home. You can even set them as a screen saver for your computer if you want to see them often.
Still can’t bear to part with something? Try figuring out a way to display that special item or set of items in a way that you can enjoy them daily.
The point is not to throw everything away.
The point is to be intentional about these items.
If you stuff that beloved handmade quilt you received from your grandmother into a box shoved into the back corner of your attic… was it really that special in the first place?
Don’t let these “special” items decay in the forgotten boxes of attics, basements, and garages.
Do something with them or let them go.
Minimalists can’t own anything “nice”
I love this one. My husband and I recently got new laptops and I’ve really been talking about this “minimalism thing” lately.
He came up to me and said, “I was thinking about all this minimalism stuff and was trying to figure out how buying new laptops fits in with it. Then I realized, it’s not about not being able to buy nice things. It’s about not buying just to buy.”
You see, minimalists can still shop (and they do), but because they aren’t wasting money on a ton of junk they don’t need or even really want, they are often able to buy better quality stuff that lasts longer.