「5 misconceptions of minimalism.」
As time passed and I’ve learned more about minimalism, I understand that there are some misconceptions about minimalism. There are more to minimalism than you realize. Here are some of them I want to mention:
The only objective is to reduce - False. Some people believe that the only objective is the process of reducing things. Well, there is a focus on reducing your stuff, yes. But minimalists don’t just reduce their possessions for the sake of reducing. The true objective is to eliminate distractions so you can focus on the things that are truly important. Minimalism helps you understand yourself better, your core values and what’s important to you.
Your home needs to look in a certain way and you have to throw away your colorful wardrobe - Haha. False, there are many different types of minimalists. Like I mentioned, the objective is reducing the distractions in your home. Some minimalists like to live with less things and some minimalists like to live with more things. Everyone is different and what everyone values most will be different, so their homes will be different.
Minimalists judge non-minimalists - False. I believe most minimalists just don’t care and think that the most important thing is that the other person is happy. Everyone doesn't have to be minimalists to be happy. A minimalist saying a comment like: ”what, you have this much stuff?!” is the same for a non-minimalist saying: ”what, you don’t own this thing?!” People should chose their own way of living and respect each other. I have a friend who has a really colorful and decorated apartment and you can feel when you walk inside that the apartment reflects her style and personality, and I love it and respect her choice!
Minimalism is a deprived lifestyle - False. I speak for myself when I said this. Minimalists don’t deprive themselves. Many minimalists are completely happy living with less and feel like they haven’t sacrificed anything at all. Minimalism is built around the idea that there's nothing that you're lacking. As for myself, I have everything I need and I live more intentionally.
Minimalists don’t value things and money - False. My possessions serve me in my everyday life, so I value them. Money is necessary for me to survive, so I value money. But for me, I know I don't need to own a lot of stuff to be happy. I don't need to be rich to be happy. The view on material possessions and money becomes less important. Money and things are not the most important things in life and not something I want to spend so much time on.