• Jomay Amora-Dueck

What is Minimalism?: Top Bloggers Define Minimalism

Updated: Apr 22







What is minimalism?


This is one of the common questions people ask since I published my blog, The Ecoist Collective.

I did not realize until now that while some people are familiar with the term “minimalism”, a huge majority of readers, including my own family and friends, have never heard of it. Even my husband, Steve (who is, by the way, a true-blue minimalist inside and out), has never heard of the term until we met.


So, what the heck is this thing called “minimalism”?


For me, minimalism is a choice to give up the excesses in order to make room for people and things that matter most.


Change is inevitable, and that is so true. But sometimes, change has to start with a simple choice of wanting to change.


In my case, I wanted it so bad that I have to make a choice between my stuff and my happiness.


Do I choose clutter over space? Do I choose stress over peace of mind? Do I choose busyness over rest? Sometimes, the obvious doesn’t look so obvious at all so it is important to really sit down and ask the right questions.


In the midst of clutter and uncertainties, I managed to discern what my heart truly long for in a long time: happiness.


So I chose happiness over stuff – and with it came peace of mind, health, joy and growth.


For me, minimalism is a choice to give up the excesses in order to make room for people and things that matter most.
-Jomay, The Ecoist Collective

I am a new student of minimalism and since I am still in the process of learning, I thought it is wise to share other people’s thoughts on minimalism so that we can both get a better understanding of this worthy movement.


I picked a group of successful and more experienced minimalists who all lead different lives, yet have made a big difference in their lives and their communities.


Below are my 5 favorite Minimalists and their insightful take on minimalism:


COURTNEY CARVER, BE MORE WITH LESS


“Be more with less means: Be more you. Give yourself all the space, time and love to remember who you are. Living with less clutter, busyness, and stress will help you make the room to do what you need to do. Simplifying my life gave me the space, time, and love to be more me, and the following practices led me back.”


JOSHUA FIELDS MILLBURN & RYAN NICODEMUS, THE MINIMALISTS


“Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.”


LEO BABAUTA, ZEN HABITS


“It’s a way to escape the excesses of the world around us — the excesses of consumerism, material possessions, clutter, having too much to do, too much debt, too many distractions, too much noise. But too little meaning. Minimalism is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value.”


“It’s simply getting rid of things you do not use or need, leaving an uncluttered, simple environment and an uncluttered, simple life. It’s living without an obsession with material things or an obsession with doing everything and doing too much. It’s using simple tools, having a simple wardrobe, carrying little and living lightly.”


JOSHUA BECKER, BECOMING MINIMALIST


“I am often asked the question, “So what is minimalism anyway?” It is a question that is received from all different angles – from people I have just met and from people I have known for many years. I typically answer with a short, simple explanation: “I am intentionally trying to live with only the things I really need.””


“The word minimalism has a negative connotation to many. They believe being a minimalist means you are sacrificing things. It means you are not taking advantage of all that is available in the modern world today.”


“Being a minimalist means you value yourself more than material things. It means making decisions based on what you need instead of getting everything you want. It does not mean the things you buy are cheap. It means they are something you need, regardless of how much they cost.”


“A person can decide how much of a minimalist lifestyle they want to lead. They can do it in stages as well. Most people begin by going through their home and getting rid of things they no longer need. Over time, they are able to pare their life down to a much more minimalist style.”


These are just some of the minimalist authors that I have read so far and I genuinely appreciate their knowledge and wisdom. I hope you do too!


I am pretty sure there are thousands (if not millions!) of successful minimalists out there and I couldn’t wait to learn from them!


What are your thoughts about minimalism? Do you have any ideas or resources to share? I would love to hear from you!

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