“If it doesn’t add to your life, it doesn’t belong in your life.”-Unknown
If you were to google the world minimalism, you will find pages and pages of information, opinions and personal stories. You will find people, from all walks of life and from all different parts of the world, sharing their journey to minimalism.
One thing I noticed pretty quickly after jumping head first into minimalism was that minimalism looks different for everyone. Minimalism is not one size fits all.
Let me repeat that: Minimalism is not one size fits all.
Everyone’s definition of minimalism is different and what works for you, might not work for me and vice versa.
There are so many varying degrees of this lifestyle, from only owning 100 items and not holding onto anything at all to only getting rid of a few items and holding onto sentimental things.
And you know what? That is perfectly fine. In fact, that is one of my favorite things about minimalism.
In a Facebook group that I have been in for a few months, people share pictures of their homes, ideas for decluttering and everything in between. It has been so inspiring getting to see how other people simplify their lives and minimize the clutter surrounding them.
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Some people, however, don’t agree with me that we are all on a different journey to a simple life.
I have seen people in these groups demean others because they are “only” decluttering. I have heard people say to another, “that’s not minimalism.”
I have even had people say to me, “I wouldn’t consider you a minimalist.”
A person in particular, in a Facebook group, posted that she felt like she couldn’t relate to others in the group anymore because everyone owns too many things and aren’t actual minimalists.
I think she has missed the point though and I disagree wholeheartedly with her assessment.
Promise me you won’t let anyone put down your journey with minimalism.
Don’t let anyone make you feel like you aren’t doing it the right way or that you aren’t a true minimalist.
You, and only you, define what minimalism looks like for you and your family.
There is no right or wrong way to be a minimalist.
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Maybe you aren’t ready to part with those yearbooks from high school. Or maybe your kids have a hard time letting go of their toys so you have way too many of them laying around in your home. So what if you have two tubs of baby clothes in storage because you just aren’t ready to say goodbye to that season of your life.
Friend, I want you to know that it’s okay. Embrace where you are in this journey because it is exactly where you should be!
Stop comparing yourself and your situation to other people. What works for them may not work for you and vice versa. We are all walking our own paths and that, is what makes it interesting.
I love that everyone’s journey is different. That you can have a conversation with someone about being a minimalist and learn so much from them.
That you realize that we are all trying to change our lives for the better and figuring it out as we go.
Take a deep breath and enjoy this journey. Take it one day at a time and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks! Your version of minimalism is yours and yours alone. Always remember that.