Ask the Reader: What is a Minimalist Lifestyle According To You?

Minimalism and minimalist lifestyles are getting widely adopted these days by many people.

And why not? After all, we are so much drowned in clutter that we either succumb to too much commitments or suffer from painful stress of not being able to live a happy life.

Joshua from The Minimalists beautifully explains why he doesn’t own a television. Raamdev wrote an awesome essay about his plan of traveling 3 countries with $3000 in his pocket.

LJ Earnest discusses how eliminating choice will help you to get more done

Did you see what’s happening?

We need drive backwards to actually move forward in the right lane.

It doesn’t matter what speed you are going in life, however , what matters is , where are you going?

Reducing unwanted clutter from life and detaching ourselves from unwanted burdens makes us feel light and reclaim the time for doing what we really love.

Having said the above, I want to know your views or definition about minimalism.

According to you, what is minimalism or minimalist lifestyle? And in what ways , becoming a minimalist can benefit your life.

If you ask me the same question , which I love to answer –

Minimalism according to me is , deliberately detaching myself  from attractive options and involuntary participation which make my life unnecessarily busy. Because when I am less busy, I create something of really good quality.

Note that I have used the word deliberately here in above sentence. Because without deliberate efforts, it’s not going to be easy to become a minimalist.

Back to my original question. What is minimalism according to you.  I want to know.

Write your thoughts, ideas in the comment section and let’s start an interesting conversation.

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Naveen is one of the humblest human beings who are passionate about many things but works on one at a time. He enjoys his day working on software programs for the large corporate organization and late nights, writing about his life experiences on this blog.

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  1. I don’t actually consider myself a minimalist so my opinion on this is irrelevant. The term minimalism conjures up almost as many negative thoughts for me as it does positive ones so I would rather not label myself as such. I am just a women who got smart and stepped off the consumer hamster wheel that is life in the modern age. I am slowly releasing excess possessions, while being very mindful about what I buy. I am continuously improving my contribution to the wastefulness in this world be refusing, reusing, recycling and reducing more and more. There are many freedoms involved with living with less that I have already come to appreciate and yet I still have a long way to go. But what is more important is that my impact on the degradation of the environment is growing smaller all the time and that is what really matters.
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    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Colleen,
      Very much inspiring thoughts.Thanks for commenting.

    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Seriously.
      I think removing ads was my sweetest design tweak so far :-) It looks really better now :-)

  2. Hi Naveen,

    Thanks for wiritng this post.

    I am a minimalist since childhood. It’s related to clothes, things I needed and my happiness.

    Minmalism to me is having less clutter–be it on my office desk or on my sofa at home.
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    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Hi Avadhut,
      Nice to know your views on minimalism. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. Jan

    Naveen, I am new at minimalism and I really enjoy the freedoms I am discovering. I wasn’t even aware of the concept , I stumbled upon a couple of zen websites and eventually a number of minimalism websites. For years I tried to organize my stuff but letting it go is much more satisfying . Thanks to you and all the other bloggers who have lead me back to a better way.

    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Hi Jan,
      First of all thanks for expressing your views on minimalist lifestyle.

      I feel in the modern age of consumerism and aggressive marketing, we all are emotionally persuaded to buy things we don’t actually need. We also involve ourselves in too much activities which are not actually passionate about.

      Minimalism or minimalist lifestyle is not getting rid of everything we have. It’s actually sticking to the essentials and utilizing the reclaimed time for doing something which we always wanted to do.

  4. Of late, I’ve begun to simplify my blogging life. Letting go enticing my subscribers with free giveaways and just allowing them to sign up if they want to, letting go fancy marketing email services I don’t use, letting go Facebook because most of what I encounter there is clutter. My mind is more free to write instead of putter about on the internet. Space is so important to me, whether it’s decluttering my home, life or mind. Thanks for opening up an interesting discussion Naveen and yes, the ads gone make your site look much better.
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  5. I just think that getting rid of the stuff that we don’t need or use is enough to live the minimalist lifestyle. We don’t need 20 pairs of shoes or 20 handbags, whatever we have excess of.

    Being minimalist means being practical and we don’t have to live small to be a minimalist.

    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Justin,
      Thanks for sharing your views on minimalism.

  6. Naveen,

    Minimalism means to me awareness of the abundance that surrounds us. When we live with an abundance mindset, we don’t feel the need to hold onto things for fear of losing them. Instead, we release them because we feel complete. We feel we already have enough.

    It’s only when we feel attached that we experience the pain of loss. By releasing attachment to everything, even our own thoughts, we embrace abundance in all areas and experience a sense of fullness, a complete awareness that what we have is everything. Everything we need is right here, right now.

    This is what minimalism means to me: a clear understanding of what’s enough (we are enough) and awareness of the absolute abundance that surrounds us.
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    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Hi Raam,
      Thank you so much for sharing your views on minimalism.

      I am sure my readers will surely benefit from the thoughts of yours and of other wonderful folks who shared their opinions in this thread.

      • Naveen Kulkarni

        Readers,
        Raam writes inspiring content on his blog raamdev.com If you haven’t visited it yet, take a look at it now.

        His blog is rich source of information about living a meaningful life.

  7. To me, minimalism is about keeping the stuff that supports your life, and getting rid of the stuff that doesn’t.

    The key is in learning to recognize the difference between the two.
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    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Robert,
      Thanks so much for sharing your views on minimalism.

  8. minimalism is simply a life focused less on stuff and more on meaning. If you choose people over stuff and time over money, you can more easily begin to let go of the hold your things have on you. There isn’t one “thing” in my home today that I couldn’t walk away from. There is nothing I would pay to store if I moved.

    The less I have, the less I want.
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    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Courtney,
      Thanks so much for your opinions.
      ‘The less I have , the less I want’….I think this is one of the best message I have ever heard about minimalism.

  9. Naveen, i come here from your comment in Derek’s diythemes blog. Cool blog man, thesis theme is very well used. I love the header and navigation. I’m in your list now…

    Thanks
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  10. Naveen Kulkarni

    Thanks to all for your participation and valuable opinions :-)

  11. A very good and thought provoking article!
    I wish to go back to the good old days when most of the people had comfortable lives ( I mean ‘most of the people’ ) with minimum sources to maintain their lifestyle.
    Minimalism – a term which cannot be defined perfectly. It varies from person to person. However, as far as I am concerned, when one is willing to spare anything extra other than the basic for a good cause, say, for the education of poor children, we could call it minimalism. Just not buying or storing saves us wealth (so that cannot be called minimalism, I feel). I may or may not be correct!
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    • Hi Jayanthi,
      Welcome to planetnaveen.com and thanks for sharing your valuable opinion on minimalism.
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