Can everyone afford minimalism or is minimalist life a concept for high earners? One thing is clear: minimalism arises in prosperity.
Owning and being less obsessed, less stress and less availability are desires that arise in a society that is characterized by excess.
Minimalism arises in Prosperity
I had very little money when I was a student. Nevertheless, a lot of stuff has accumulated over the years. It was when I heard and read about minimalism for the first time that things changed.
After that I started reducing my possessions. Some I could sell, some I gave away. I felt that mucking out was liberation.
Despite my financial worries, I voluntarily lived a minimalist life back then. And even today it is a voluntary decision for me. That distinguishes me from those who simply have too little financial means to afford more than what is absolutely necessary.
Those who are forced to get by with very little find themselves in a difficult position and have little freedom of choice.
Such a forced minimalism is the opposite of a consciously chosen way of life and represents an emergency for those affected.
In this respect, deliberate minimalism is definitely a luxury: You have to be able to afford to consciously do without certain things.
To do without, although you don’t really have to. Do without because you want to do without. People who choose this way of life have a variety of reasons:
- Refusal to consume: concentrate on the essentials again without being distracted or falling into a shopping spree
- Environmental protection: only buy what you really need to avoid waste and environmental pollution
- Ethics: Exploitation and child labor are rejected and empathy is shown towards those who simply have to live
- Freedom and leisure: fewer possessions mean fewer obligations and costs (for storage, repairs, cleaning, etc.).
- Self-experiment: how do I feel if I consciously avoid unnecessary consumption?
- Personal taste: the individual items often come into their own in a minimalist apartment than in a crowded booth
Minimalism has two Faces
Minimalism is a lifestyle. But minimalism is also a trend that has been conquering Facebook, Instagram & Co. for some time and is reaching more and more people. And that’s great and right! Since minimalist living has become a trend, there has also been criticism of this way of life.
Because as many of the spartan-looking, but with few expensive designer pieces furnished example apartments are presented from various blogs and on social media, it doesn’t necessarily look like a modest way of life.
It just looks like a trend.
But Minimalism is a statement. It stands for more sustainability, self-determination and freedom.
The difference to the trend minimalism, which refers to high-priced single pieces, lies in the conscious and sustainable consumption. By buying second hand, borrowing things instead of owning them, using cars sparingly and collectively, simply consuming less than the average European and being happy and satisfied at the same time, you show that a good life with less consumption is possible and even has a liberating effect .
As my own experience shows, minimalism is not a concept for high earners. On the contrary: with conscious consumption and the decision for less, you can save a lot of money.
Less is more – not just for the Privileged
For many, it begins with clearing out objects of daily use, household appliances or clothing that have not been used for a long time. Suddenly one realizes that the items sold or given away are not missing, but on the contrary, after clearing out a feeling of relief and liberation occurs.
There is more space again, the remaining things can be stowed away more clearly and the apartment also looks tidier and less cluttered.
That often makes you want more. You start to think about what and how much you really need and what you could easily do without. The fact is: you can buy too much and own too much even with little financial means.
We tend to accumulate things that we hardly use or do not use at all. It starts with clothing. Hardly anyone carries everything that hangs around in the closet.
If you do not constantly buy the cleared out stuff, you also save a lot of money – and after all, it should also be about not spending the available financial resources on “unnecessary luxury”, but on things that you yourself find useful.
Minimalism: Luxury of a special Kind
There is luxury not only outside, but also inside. Luxury doesn’t just mean gigantic villas, expensive cars and loads of designer clothes, but also means feeling good and enjoying life to the fullest.
Luxury can also be immaterial. Without excess clothing and other stuff, without annual air travel, without individual transport. But voluntarily – for more time, space and inner peace.
Not everyone perceives a lot of possessions as a luxury. For some, this way of life is overwhelming. And it is precisely these people who show that a minimalist life is also a luxury.
Because they are happy, live independently and prove that the abundance that embodies luxury does not always have to be material.
Living minimalistically is pure luxury! Just a completely different facet of luxury than you are often used to from the media. Only you can know whether a simple lifestyle is the right side of the luxury coin for you.
However, it is worth dedicating yourself to the subject of humble living. Especially with little money in your wallet. Because you can learn a lot about yourself and what is really important to you.
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