The word Minimalism carries a lot of weight behind it. It applies to architecture, design, art, and even philosophy. I have always been a fan of the design side of minimalism but I am just now incorporating into my life.
Reducing the attention and stress of unimportant ideas and things. That is how I would currently define minimalism. It is not being cheap or trying to detach myself from reality. It is placing the correct attention and energy on the people and activities that are important. The little things that add up are stealing my time and attention.
It is often said the things we own end up owning us. I am tired of cleaning, not with soap and water but rather I am tired of shifting clutter from one table to the next or jamming things in a drawer. I decided to not only declutter but go further and adopt stricter guidelines for purchasing new items. What is the point of getting rid of old stuff if all you do is replace it with new stuff. I came across this crazy number, 300,000. This is how many items the average US household has. My jaw dropped. I would have guessed the number at maybe 10,000-25,000. I am not even close. Link to the article. Disclaimer: I am not from the US but as their best hat I think Canada is much alike.
How much time have I spent filling my house up with things? I realize I am wasting one of the things I cannot replace, time. Time I need to spend with my young kids, with my wife, time spent looking after my health.
So thats where I am at the moment.