ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why Choose Minimalism?

Updated on October 21, 2017
Virginia Allain profile image

Minimalism is catching on, and I'm excited about streamlining. I'm sharing what I've learned about decluttering and simplifying our lives.

Source

What's the Appeal of Minimalism?

More and more, people are discovering minimalism. It appeals to all generations from Millenials to Baby Boomers, though sometimes the reasons it appeals vary widely.

When the question was posed, "what prompted your minimalism," there were dozens of reasons. For some, it was a life event, others came to some sort of realization, while for some it stated when they read a book or saw a video on the topic.

This generated some great discussions in a Facebook group that I belong to. That opened my eyes to how diverse the movement to minimalist living is. There's no question that it appeals to many people but for different reasons.

The U.S. has been a consumer-driven economy for a long time. It should prove interesting to see how strong this trend becomes since it is a complete turn-around from the materialism so rampant in America.

Too much stuff, not enough space.

— Donyelle

Minimalist Living Means Less Time Taking Care of Your Stuff

Many families find their homes difficult to take care of since they are jammed with possessions. A number of people said the appeal of minimalism to them was less time slaving to clean their homes, once they minimized their belongings.

Without the clutter, it was easier to clean. That left more time for relaxing or for activities they'd neglected, like fixing meals at home. With their home streamlined, people felt they had time for activities with their children again.

Anxiety and stress. Not having a place in the house that was calming to me. So I started wanting to get rid of everything! Contacted a friend who I knew lives a minimalist lifestyle and Got some tips. So now I'm on my way

— Randi

Cleaning out a Parent's Home Inspires Some to Go Minimalist

Jenny - Cleaning out my parents' six-bedroom home filled with "stuff" changed my thinking. I vowed never to do that to my children. In the process, I'm discovering how free it is to have less.

American Homes Have Lots of Clutter

Source

Moving Makes People Aware of How Much Stuff They Have

Mary - My last two moves changed my thinking. You don't realize how much stuff you have until you have to touch every single thing you own in a short period of time. I decided if I move again I don't ever want it to be a torturous process. I decided I wanted simplicity, then I joined a minimalist group.

It's shown me that having less really is more. More peace of mind, more time to enjoy meaningful things in life or more time to do absolutely nothing if that's what I choose.

This Video Inspired Many to Pursue Minimalism

Some Aren't Sure Why They've Turned to Minimalism

Jessica - My urge has come on strongly and suddenly and I have no idea where it came from. Suddenly, I'm in a frenzy to reduce.

Would You Go This Minimalist? Living in a Micro-Apartment in Manhatten

Having a Baby Inspired Some to Turn Away from Consumerism

Pam commented that when she had her baby, she realized that happiness doesn't mean owning a big house or having lots of things. She wanted to save money to secure their future.

Jerrica added, "I just had a baby too, and it definitely shifts your mindset."

Minimalist Strive for Simplicity and Serenity in Their Homes

Source

Minimalism Isn't Just Clutter, It's Can Be More

  • People find themselves turning away from consumerism, once they've struggled to clear out the excess possessions in their homes. This then helps their budget, as they buy less.
  • People declutter more than just things. Some apply minimalism to their relationships (paring down negative friendships). Others apply minimalism principles to their eating patterns, making it easier to lose weight.
  • Some minimalists find that they can fit into a smaller house after they clear out all the clutter and unneeded stuff. This enables them to free up money that formerly went into house payments, and have money for travel or save for future college costs.
  • Some choose to minimalize their makeup routine and save time and money there.
  • Many are attracted to the idea of a capsule wardrobe where they have a minimal number of clothing pieces but they all coordinate for varied looks.

© 2017 Virginia Allain

Share Your Feelings about Minimalist Living

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • SgtCecil profile image

      Cecil Kenmill 

      3 months ago from Osaka, Japan

      Good information here! I didn't know how much stuff I had until I joined the Army. By the time I finished Basic Training I realized how easy it was to cut the clutter from my life.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)