Owe Less, Live More

January 14, 2021

The concept of minimalism is to own fewer things with greater value. Incorporating minimalism into life helps people focus less on the number of items they own and more on the meaning of it. Almost everyone has held onto items that they do not need or use, simply getting rid of insignificant things around the house is the first step to a minimalist lifestyle. There are several benefits to minimalism such as saving money, reducing stress, productivity and happiness. 

Minimalism originated in New York in the late 1950s. During this time many artists were discovering new art movements that have become popular decades later. Characteristics of these art styles are repeated geometric shapes, lines and monochromatic colors. The intention of this art is to remove small distractions from the observer’s eye and to bring attention to what is in front of them. This can be found in various forms such as architecture, interior design, art and poetry. 

Minimalists usually own less which means they save money by spending it on items they need. When a house is full of unnecessary things, it takes more time to clean and maintain afterward. Sophomore Taylor Finck-Walrod explains, “When you have fewer things it makes cleaning a lot easier, there are fewer things in your way and more room for activities.” Decluttering a home can begin with removing decorations, extra items will collect dust and take longer to clean, the benefit of this allows the process of cleaning to be easier. 

Project 333 is a minimalist fashion experiment for men and women of all ages and lifestyles created by Courtney Carver. The challenge is to wear the same 33 pieces of clothing in 3 months, with an exception of replacing clothing in poor condition. The benefit of this wardrobe is having a lower impact on the planet, this is because fast fashion is the second most polluting industry. 

Financial planner, Hannah Robinson says, “By being more careful and mindful, it should become easier to make better choices and ultimately save cash.” A minimalist lifestyle is not achieved right away because it will take the process of a new mindset to incorporate it into daily life.

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