Although I heard about it before, I just watched Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things. The philosophy of minimalism is easy: Get rid of the crap! Keep the things including furniture and clothes that give value to your life. Do not fall for consumerism. Do not focus on the obsession about materialism that others might follow as the result of the expectations of society. Quality over quantity. This way, you will have more time to think, meditate, and appreciate. You will have less responsibility toward “things” you actually don’t even need. This is not a new concept but it is hard to learn it while we are taught to do the opposite.
I became a minimalist without knowing it. It started when my recovery did. I had to leave a lot of things behind when we moved but I also kept it simple. We donated clothes, decorative items, and tools that we didn’t use anymore. I even gave up things that were related to old memories because they lost their importance. We only have pieces of furniture that are truly necessary. We have become happier with less.
I am curious why this mentality appeared when I started my journey of recovery. If you have experiences with minimalism, I would love to read them 🙂