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Why I am a Minimalist

Holly Lipovits

Posted on February 12, 2020 15:05

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I chose the minimalist lifestyle to get away from all of the clutter in our everyday lives and had the help of YouTube creators, like Matt D'Avella.

I discovered the term “minimalism” a year ago from a YouTuber named Matt D’Avella, who is a filmmaker, entrepreneur, and a minimalist. I watched his video, "A Day in the Life of a Minimalist", and the ball kept rolling from there. I consistently watched over videos from other channels about minimalism, why they chose this route, and how it has improved their lives. 

What people do not understand is that they believe all there is to life is constantly consuming materialistic items, when it’s the exact opposite. People think they are happy when they have more stuff, but stuff is merely temporary, and that said happiness eventually fades away.

Minimalism means living with what you truly value and what you need to survive. Some people may only have a bed, a simple desk, their computer, and the basic necessities without the clutter of trendy decor items or countless electronics to “be happy.” But some people feel they need to go out shopping for pointless items for their walls or shelves to get a sense of joy, or excitement. 

There are all kinds of definitions of minimalism, but it’s keeping what you have that gives you joy and to get by without having to purchase more of that same item. Living a clutter-free lifestyle brings a sense of peace and serenity without the constant need of consuming items that will bring no joy or value to your life.

The fewer items you own, the more you will focus on what is important, such as your significant other or best friend. By focusing on the bare minimum, and not on the items you see at HomeGoods, the more you will feel relieved that having less is in fact more. 

I am a minimalist because materialistic items do not make me happy. I do not care whether I have the pink and gold giraffe jewelry holder or the latest makeup palette from TooFaced. What matters to me is being able to feel happy with what I already have.

By being a minimalist, I take pride in what I own, such as not purchasing clothing from the mall and purchasing better quality clothing from a sustainable company that’ll last me years down the road.

I do not have to wake up every morning taking an hour or two just to decide what to wear when I only have 10 items of clothing that I thoroughly enjoy. I am no longer trying to impress strangers on the street and simply going by what makes me happy, not others. 

Minimalism is giving you the freedom to be content with what you already have, not with what you don’t. It’s about letting go of what does not spark joy and allowing you to feel serenity in the clean and minimal space you have. And that’s why I am a minimalist.

Holly Lipovits

Posted on February 12, 2020 15:05

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