I Am a Minimalist

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 286 People

    M E L T I N G into M I N I M A L I S

    M Surrender to the zeitgeist that is sustainability.
    zeitgeist211 zeitgeist211
    18-21, F
    Jan 31, 2015

    So I have a watch. My grandad bought all his

    grandchildren identical watches just before he died so they could be given to us the day of his funeral. Here is my problem. Firstly I appreciate the sentiment, but physical objects with sentimental value do not go hand in hand with minimalism. Secondly I never knew the man that...
    Contra23 Contra23
    26-30, M
    1 Response Apr 10, 2015

    I've been one for 2 years

    and it has changed how I live. Less hoarding means more time for experiences outside. I spend less time cleaning and organising. I also have lost all desire to purchase or shop for things that I don't really need. Now, as I am going through separation from my marriage, I feel so...
    majesticsea majesticsea
    26-30, F
    Feb 4

    I do not require many material things to make

    me happy. I find the simpler my life is the happier I am.
    wishingonaplan wishingonaplan
    46-50, F
    Mar 21
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    2 Responses Sep 9, 2015

    It took two months to move my parents out of

    their old house. There were hundreds of boxes of useless **** that no one had touched for years sometimes even a decade. The annoyance of moving was only worsened by all of the furniture; it was a nightmare. They have more cars than they can drive, two boats they rarely use...
    ThePowerbroker ThePowerbroker
    22-25, M
    1 Response Oct 25, 2015

    Minimalist in Training.

    .. In 2000, everything I valued from my old life (~350 books, art, a few antiques) burned up in a fire. It was an accidental fire. Nothing I could do. I remembered a story I heard somewhere about a Native American practice where every 7 years, they would put everything they...
    buddingminimalist buddingminimalist
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Nov 4, 2014

    Minimalism To Me

    My goal in Minimalism is to live life without money. Of course for as long as I can remember I have been into alternate sources of energy. The light bulb came on when I achieved 40G a month, taxes were eating me alive; then by time I got done paying suppliers, banks and utilities...
    1fineOT 1fineOT
    56-60, M
    2 Responses May 6, 2013

    Just Starting The Minimalist Journey

    I've battled clutter most of my life. I saw a quote on Facebook that was put out by the Minimalist Group. I Googled it, have bought three books, and have started reducing the clutter. Does anyone have any ideas on how not to lose heart, and to keep going?
    ComeShareTheWine ComeShareTheWine
    61-65, F
    1 Response Oct 29, 2013


    I've been a minimalist on and off for many years now, probably around 6 or 7, but I've recently gotten back into it, because of the motivation to live a simple life and not give in to consumerism because I don't want to destroy the Earth through my purchases and I don't want to...
    komickaze komickaze
    2 Responses Mar 5, 2011

    Can't Stand To Own Stuff...

    Since I was about 16 I constantly cull my belongings down to what can fit into about four duffel bags.  My bags have nothing of value in them and are mostly filled with photos and keepsakes.  Everything else I own must be of immediate usefulness or I get rid of it.  I have no...
    beachsunrise beachsunrise
    2 Responses Mar 26, 2012

    It would be more accurate to say I am becoming

    a minimalist. I could blame it on my OCD no clutter trait but it's more than that. The older I get, the more I want to simplify every aspect of my life. I believe there comes a point where we accumulate so many objects that we begin to feel suffocated by things. I can't...
    thescarletibis thescarletibis
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Sep 15, 2014

    This life is not just about stuff.

    It is also about limiting the bad juju others give off
    Blackfyre1 Blackfyre1
    46-50, M
    Mar 22, 2015

    Often times when the necessities of life are

    easily provided for we do not content ourselves with this provision alone, but by hedonic adaptation, we desire luxury as well, and even beyond this, a trouble free existence. But if our desire to consume can never be fully satisfied, and thus we can never sustain a state of...
    Chirieleison Chirieleison
    22-25, M
    Dec 24, 2014

    Eye-Candy Today, Dust Collector Tomorrow.

    I love things. I've loved many times acquiring new things to support a hobby or another, to get around in a superior way then what I had put with before, I.E 1980's bike to the much nicer one from the 1990's in 2009, recently to seeing my minivan give way to my Ranger this year...
    darkarts101 darkarts101
    31-35, M
    Aug 21, 2013

    I only really started practicing Minimalism a

    few weeks ago, but I already feel the change. Letting go of things that no longer serve me, that I no longer feel enrich my life has been a real anxiety calmer. And slowly I am learning to apply it to other aspects of my life, such as my diet and planning, it's been a very...
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    3 Responses Oct 12, 2015

    I am really enjoying my conversion to

    minimalism. I have made massive strides since I first began. I first began before I knew minimalism was a thing, it just naturally made sense for me to do it. I thought I had hit a road block but recently found a second wind and have minimised a lot more, including things I have...
    Contra23 Contra23
    26-30, M
    1 Response Apr 10, 2015

    I'm on a journey of becoming a minimalist I've

    started to sell a lot of my clothes and shoes my extra kitchenware all my accesories are out, thrown away makeup that I've had for too long . it's so hard to not accumulate things ,and even harder to get rid of them cause at one point you spent money on those things ,I just...
    grapedoll grapedoll
    26-30, F
    Apr 13, 2015

    Honestly my house will probably

    for the most part only consist of a bed, couch, and table. I like simplicity.
    NameIsMailbox NameIsMailbox
    16-17, M
    Mar 12

    "The first step to getting what you want is

    having the courage to get rid of what you don't"
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    2 Responses Oct 4, 2015

    Minimalist Teen In A Non-minimalist Household

    I'm a sixteen year old girl, who strives to be minimalistic, who fantasies about moving out, to start over and be on my own, in order to do things my way.My family is, extremely sentimental and they just LOVE keeping things with "memories". They constantly force things on me that...
    ModernSimplisticDesign ModernSimplisticDesign
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2012

    Came across this article about the minimalist

    diet. http://www.theminimalists.com/diet/
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    2 Responses Sep 10, 2015

    Minimalism Eases Stress

    I'm not much for keeping up with the Jones.  The Jones aren't happy!  The first time I moved out on my own, I carried almost nothing.  It felt so liberating.  I've relocated many times in my life and usually only take a few vital things with me (or what I would consider vital...
    shadoe842 shadoe842
    2 Responses Sep 29, 2011

    so yeah i guess im a minimalist

    but that makes it easier to pay the apartment that im in because i wont be buying alot of things if anything at all
    Insomniac77 Insomniac77
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Aug 19, 2014

    I love this lifestyle.

    I can pack everything I own in my car with the exception of my mattress.But I figure when I move I will leave this one here and get a featherbed and put an foam pillow top on it.Its something someone suggested to me anyway for a easy to carry lightweight bed.I love the fact I can...
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    1 Response Jul 3, 2015

    Being A Minimalist Can Be Tough When Surrounded By Over-Consumers...

    I live in a 1 bedroom apartment with my girlfriend close to the beach. We work from home. I work in solar sales. We don't have a car, by choice. We don't have a lot of stuff, by choice. Everyone around us has cars, and drives them constantly...even to pick up some things at the...
    monsoon124 monsoon124
    26-30, M
    6 Responses Mar 13, 2013

    Striving To Be A Minimalist

    I have 3 young children and I can't seem to find any friends who share this life style or think that being a minimalist is a good idea. In fact I feel like the whole world feels that I am jugding them. Maybe I am but maybe they need to realize what is really important in life. I...
    lemongem lemongem
    5 Responses Jul 15, 2010

    Moving Into Minimalism

    I'm probably only a wanna be minimalist but I have at least experienced living as a minimalist a couple times in my life and I plan to be there again by next spring.  The first time was when I was 19 and hitchhiked from Ontario to BC with a backpack.  It was so freeing to...
    g2bme g2bme
    41-45, F
    1 Response Mar 30, 2011

    I have been working the last year to rid myself

    of unneeded possessions. I have downsized from a 2000 sq ft house yo a 1000 sq ft apt. In May 2014 I will downsize one more time to a 200 sq ft travel trailer which will me mine and my husbands home for many years. When this no longer becomes a viable option I plan on building...
    shersage shersage
    56-60, F
    1 Response Dec 17, 2013

    Hi there, I have just started on my minimalism

    journey and have started a blog to track my progess. in my 1st post, I have photos of my room. It is very messy as I have started decluttering. As I’m new, it will be great if you guys could give me some advice. My blog is lightminimalism.wordpress.com Thank you
    missravniac missravniac
    22-25, F
    Jun 11, 2015

    I thought of becoming a minimalist 3 years ago

    before I had ever heard of the word. I just thought owning less stuff would be easier. Unfortunately I ended up going in the complete opposite direction and became a bit of a hoarder. Now I'm trying to dig out and I am thrilled to find out there are others who have done so...
    deleted deleted
    Jul 25, 2015

    I need to minimize the clutter.

    https://youtu.be/mIwyTGHg_t8 "Small Things" Oh my mind! I walk down Mayflower Road again The wailing sun Echoes from the park seem so absurd The bus takes hours I knew it would But I can't shake the sting Can't spend my time On everybody else If buildings fell At least we...
    AlisynWonderland AlisynWonderland
    41-45, F
    Jan 17

    Clutter Is Claustrophobic I've Felt

    Ah minimalism. I've heard about it much, practiced it a few times, and after reading stories from some serious minimalists, plus watching the show Hoarders, I'm inspired to get rid of much stuff for the sake of having less to carry around. I do feel that anyone can be a...
    darkarts101 darkarts101
    31-35, M
    Sep 30, 2012

    Not 100% But I'm Working Toward It

    I find that with the less I physically own, the more I can focus my mind on important things. I have recently let go of a lot of things in my closet and room and am working on other aspects of my life such as how much I excessively spend or use. I redid my wardrobe and own A LOT...
    recklesswithin recklesswithin
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jul 14, 2013

    Letting Go

    I am a newborn minimalist and grown child of a high functioning hoarder. I am so excited with the idea of having open, clean and airy spaces in my life and every item I purge gives me a little glimmer of joy. It is very scary learning to let things go though. I have been...
    Jynx73 Jynx73
    41-45, F
    Nov 10, 2013

    I dont need alot of things to make me happy.

    The simpler my life the better.
    wishingonaplan wishingonaplan
    46-50, F
    1 Response Mar 21

    That night after I left my husband with a hand

    carry travel bag, a backpack and a mini sling pouch, it was like starting life anew but very unwillingly. Willingly or not, it challenged my values and the material things I possessed. I realised I didn't need much. All I needed was the stuff that I brought with me which...
    majesticsea majesticsea
    26-30, F
    1 Response Feb 29

    I'm not going to falsely label myself

    as a minimalist, not yet anyway. Currently striving to be a minimalist, I've had enough with all of the clutter that is filling my life. When I moved out of my home, I packed so much. It was all just extra baggage that I secretly knew I wouldn't use. So why did I pack it? I was...
    HardTimesOfTristen HardTimesOfTristen
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 20, 2014

    I hate clutter so much.

    I know the day is coming that I've got to get rid of my books and book case, but oooooh :( I don't even read them anymore; I don't understand why this is so hard!
    aj00000 aj00000
    Jul 3, 2015

    I don't do anything I don't have to do.

    What I have to do, I do it quickly.
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    Apr 10, 2015

    Like A Butterfly

    I've been a "collector" most of my life, and have always had a hard time letting go of "things". About a year ago my daughter and I moved into a small studio (about 400 sq ft) from a 3 bedroom condo. For some reason I thought all that stuff would fit in here ha ha. I've held on...
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jun 11, 2013
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