“The more stuff you won the more your stuffs own you.”
It is easy to make our life complicated but it is undoubtedly hard to live a complicated life. Amazing thing is that we all know what will make our life more simple and easy to life but our reactive actions toward continuous random incidents make it complicated and we feel numb and out of control over life.
When asked for the reason behind wearing the same clothes every day Mark Zuckerberg said,
“I really want to clear my life so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community. I’m in this really lucky position where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than 1 billion people, and I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life, so that way I can dedicate all of my energy towards just building the best products and services.”
How’s that for a reference? Not only Mark Zuckerberg but also many other successful people have decided to give up this “silly” options so that they can focus on actual important stuffs to be most productive.
Take a look around yourself, what are the items around you that you’ve never used? The average percentage will be 30% to 60%. Most of us have about 60% of unwanted stuffs around us distracting us, blocking space, stressing us and wasting our time and energy.
In their TED video TheMinimalists shared one Idea that helped identifying the Unwanted Stuffs. They did an experiment by putting all the items they own in boxes and putting them out only when needed. At the end of the month they noticed that there were very few items which were actually been used regularly. The rest was unwanted items, which were ready to be donated, sold or thrown away.
All the physical things around our life have a major effect on our life; our habits, behaviors and moods are related to the environment we are surrounded by. A messy room causes a messy mind, vice-versa. So, let’s find out some areas we can reduce the physical clutters and have a better way of life.
- Identify the Extras. You are wise and smart, so why bother to own two pieces of same thing for same purpose? That’s too much waste of space and mainly your time.
- Freedom from Furniture. Furniture takes a lot of space in your room. That’s why I always prefer multipurpose items rather than fancy ones to show off. A bed with storage or a table with lockers is way better than just a corner table which makes an antique vase look important.
- Capsule Wardrobe. It’s an awesome concept to justify the purpose of clothing in your life. Choosing the worthy ones for giving you comfort and protection from weather is an intelligent choice. For example it’s better to have 3 high quality and easy to wash t-shirts than 30 useless and low quality ones or it’s pretty helpful to have just 2 pairs of socks. The best part of having a capsule wardrobe (30 something items) is that it’s very handy when it comes to traveling.
- Clean Kitchen and Bathroom. These two areas often gets cluttered, we rarely notice that. From dinner sets for different occasions to 5 different shampoos with individual aromas; why to care about them?
- Lots of Books. Even if you a book worm like me it would be very nice to give away the extra books (And also the books you have read thousand times before), remove the damaged books. If you are a collector, try to go for box sets or complete works of authors. Obviously keep the books you love but it would be better to free your space by removing magazines and unimportant books.
- Who cares about Decors? Unless you are a collector, maintaining useless items (The items that only fills up showcase and distracts) would be time wasting and costly for you. Posters, paintings, showpiece, antique piece and other decors are mainly for filling up space, to be stared at and to tell a story related to it!
- Maybe in future? There are some items we keep incase if we need it in the future. Like cutlery set for emergency guests (we actually never use it) or some tools we may need during the zombie apocalypse (Read unknown emergency in the future). I am not sure about the zombies but I am sure that we won’t be able to find the right thing at the right time (We never do)!
- Oh! I love that color! That’s great! But the hard thing is that the color does not love you and it will surely betray your feelings in the future. All I want to say is not to get attached to materialistic things, it becomes burden after sometime. If something doesn’t serve you to make your life better, don’t waste time on it.
- More Distractions. What about CD/DVDs on that shelf? Aren’t those distracting? Try keeping them in a HDD or SSD; it will free up lots of space. What about the toys? Unless you have kids at home there’s no meaning to keep them. Look around you, there are lots of more distractions. (Yeah! I am saying to make every area white as apple product boxes, keep only the important items!)
- Tenth Point. I don’t know if it relates to minimalism, but it is IMPORTANT. Keeping caged or tanked pet does not do any good for both sides. It is not healthy for you or the pet because it will consume time to maintain a healthy habitat for them and the pets will not get complete freedom there. You can’t freely travel anywhere/anytime on your wish without neglecting them; worst keeping pets in cage or tank means completely opposite of animal lover. So, it would be better to not make this decision.
Having a minimalist lifestyle has lots of benefits. They surely sound cliché but having a clean and free space around you will definitely make you more productive, more creative and most important of all it will give you freedom to be in charge.
Hope this post was valuable to you. Feel free to share your opinions about it, let me try to answer your questions and doubts in the comment section. It would be awesome to know about your perspective.