By Emily Bernard
Minimalism is a word that keeps becoming increasingly popular, but many don’t really understand what it is, or they think it is simply a fad that will pass in a few months. But minimalism is so much more than that, and it has honestly changed my life. Minimalism is a mindset, a tool, a lifestyle to help you question whether what you own and what you buy is truly adding value to your life. The purpose is to rid yourself of the clutter in your life so you can focus on what is truly important to you.
This concept personally helped me when I was packing for college for the first time. I was able to truly differentiate between the things I once thought I needed and the things that really added value to my life and my home. Do I really need to bring another globe? Are three mugs not enough or too much? Will I be able to live with myself if I don’t bring that sweater I haven’t worn in years but can’t seem to get rid of? I’ve been able to find what it means to live with enough, not too much and not too little.
Now if you’re a “minimalist” that doesn’t mean you have to live with less than 100 things like Colin Wright, or go crazy capsule wardrobe lady like Courtney Carver, but this mindset of minimalism will look different to each person. “The Minimalists,” Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, say that whether you want to live out of a suitcase or own a house and have a career, “minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately.”
Even though it can begin with getting rid of stuff, with time it can go so far beyond that. It can stretch across your everyday life activities as you learn to let go of what is unnecessary and be grateful for what you have. Now here are 4 reasons this minimalist lifestyle is perfect for college students:
- You Will Have More Time & Less Stress. I don’t know many college students who would say they have enough time to relax and destress and do what they love everyday. But as you learn to say no and declutter your life of unwanted stress, you will be able to make time for what is most important to you.
- You Will Grow in Gratitude. A result of decluttering your life is that your attitude of gratefulness will grow. When you only keep your closet full of your favorite shirts, you will be even more appreciative of what you have because they are all your favorite, and you see that you don’t really need to buy more. You will be grateful and content with what you have.
- You Will Go Deeper in Relationships. As you begin to prioritize what is most important to you, and you realize you can’t join all the clubs and study and go out with friends and go to work at the same time, you will keep the people and activities in your life that you love most. By having more time and less clutter, you will be able to go deeper in relationships with the people you love, making them more meaningful and intentional rather than surface-level and convenient.
- You Will Save Money. If anything, this is what my fellow college students need to hear. You WILL save money, and probably a lot of it, if you decide to be conscientious about what you are adding to your life. Even if at first it’s as small as eating out one less time a week, it will be beneficial.
As mentioned before, minimalism will look different for each person because everyone has a different story and values different things, but what stays the same is the importance for decluttering your home and your life.
If you desire to look deeper into what minimalistic life might look like, check out my friends, The Minimalists at http://www.theminimalists.com and another blogger, Minimal Student, at http://www.minimalstudent.com