HOW MINIMALISM CAN DECLUTTER YOUR MIND

LILY QUARTON-PARSONS

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

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Minimalism is a lifestyle in which you reduce your possessions to the absolute minimum you need. Living as a minimalist with the bare essentials has not only provided superficial benefits like the pleasure of a tidy room or the simple ease of cleaning, it can give you a chance to think about what it really means to be happy and to declutter your mind allowing you space for your business and tapping into maximum creativity.


Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.

-RABBI HYMAN SCHACHTEL



We live now in a society that adores the material, owning lots of items is presented as the zeitgeist of our generation. However, we explore the idea that decluttering your world will also declutter your mind. According to Leo Babauta, minimalism is not about living with no objects surrounding you, but instead discovering what is important to be surrounded by.

Anyone can imagine the invigorating feeling that comes with de-cluttering and minimising. It’s a method for individuals to find the things that are genuinely important to them. It’s a prologue for crafting your own unique story.

As the proverb states, a tidy desk is a tidy mind. Below we offer some methods to embrace a minimalist approach. In the words of Marie Kondo , are the objects you are surrounded by really bringing you joy? If the answer is no, it might just be time to begin a mental and physical clear out. Here are four key areas to focus on…


  1. Finances

    Come payday, we all get excited to buy the latest clothing or technology that is driving the internet crazy. Yet, for the vast majority of individuals, these items are purchased using money we do not really have. By adopting a minimalist approach, you will save money for the important things, such as growing your business or seeing the world. Just think - is what I am about to buy really a necessity? Think about investing in sustainable and ethical high-quality clothing that lasts longer. This will allow you to reduce your cost per wear.

  2. Overstimulation

    Minimalist environments thrive in their ability to be peaceful. By being in a peaceful space, you are forbidding yourself from being subject to an intense plethora of stimulus. Simply, a workspace filled with items that trigger visual cues will over load the mind, distracting you from your work.

  3. Opportunity To Find Yourself

    By throwing away many items that echo an older version of yourself, you are on the path to discovering who you really are. People change so much over time. Why keep objects that remind you of who you once were? Keep moving forward.


  4. Space

    It is simple; by decluttering your home, you will have more space. According to the ancient art of Feng Shui, clutter blocks good energy and produces negative energy. With the new empty space you now have, we recommend filling this with objects that will elevate your senses. These could be candles, ambient music or soothing lighting. Utilise technology to help minimize.

    Tips to help say goodbye to your things

  • Start with things that are clearly junk

  • Get rid of it if you haven’t used it in a year

  • It’s easier to revisit your memories once you go digital

  • Organizing is not minimising

  • There’s no need to stock up

Minimalism is not simply a physical thing you can complete in your home, but also a mental activity. By clearing your space, and creating a welcoming atmosphere, you will improve not just your productivity but also your mental health.

Works Cited

  1. Zen Habits “On minimalism”

  2. Further Reading: ‘goodbye, things’ - Fumio Sasaki

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