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Cam Meaner, Author

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Minimalism is living only with what you need. You cut out all of the unnecessary items and expenses to reduce stress and live a more carefree life. Many minimalists start their practice in their home. The idea of minimalism began to gain traction in the late ’60s and ’70s, when it described the work of fine artists like Donald Judd, Robert Ryman, Agnes Martin, and others whose work was very sparing.

Many parents flood children with toys starting at a young age, so they are brought up not knowing the value of minimalism. I personally have so many things that I don`t know what to do with them,and I plan on getting rid of my unwanted items. Doing little things like this can actually make big improvements in your life. More things to keep up with means more stress. Let me give you an example. I have collectibles taking up space on my shelves and in my cabinets that I never use, nor enjoy the presence of. Getting rid of these things would clear up space for more important things, like books to read, or things you would actually use.

Some may argue that these unwanted items are sentimental, but how true is that? In some cases, I believe holding onto special items is important; although, you don`t need a jersey and a cap you will never wear to remember a game you went to when you were younger. I have clothes I never wear, collectables I never look at, and old movies I never watch. Getting rid of these things will clear up so much space and eliminate my stress in worrying about them.

Getting rid of many of your personal items that you no longer need may be hard, or it may be easier than you think. Once you let go of a couple things, it becomes increasingly easier to do so.

Minimalism inspires you to live more by owning less. People have been brought up believing that the more you own, the happier you are. It has come to the point where many people believe that happiness can be bought. It`s the experiences in life that make people happy, not the items they own. People will spend millions of dollars on collectables that they will never touch, nor use.

One of the most important questions I can ask you is this: What would you do with one million dollars? Many would buy as much as they could as quickly as they could. Personally, I would invest part of the money, give away part of the money, and spend part of the money on making memories with my friends and family. Plain and simple, you can`t keep personal items forever, but you will always have your memories with you. If I were to move, I can list the items I would take using my hands (aside from necessities).

“While most people are chasing after success and fame, minimalism calls out to us with a smaller, quieter, calmer voice. It invites us to slow down, consume less, but enjoy more.” – Joshua Becker

“I have learned minimalism is always a matter of the heart. After the external clutter has been removed, minimalism has the space to address the deepest heart issues that impact our relationships and life.” – Joshua Becker

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