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What Is Essentialism?

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In the past few years, society has been introduced to the idea of a minimalistic lifestyle. Minimalism is focused on reducing the amount of stuff you have in your home and in your life. Having less things is a wonderful approach to life; but rather than a minimalist, I consider myself an essentialist.

 

What is essentialism, you ask? Essentialism is very similar to minimalism. However, rather than focusing on the quantity of things you own, I focus more on the quality of them; both the quality of items I own, and how they effect the quality of my life.

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If you don’t feel good in what you are wearing, that will show in your face and in your energy.

To become an essentialist, one needs to start by taking some minimalistic approaches. As Marie Kondo would tell you, you should get rid of everything that doesn’t spark joy in your life! Now this does not mean that you should throw everything you own in the trash; you can donate clothes and household items to a good cause, you can give them away to your friends or family, or you could try selling them through an app like Poshmark or Facebook Marketplace. However you decide to get rid of your belongings, the important thing is to get them out of your space.

 

Where minimalism encourages owning fewer things, Essentialism allows you some more leeway for things that you may not necessarily need, but that make you happy. Some examples are fresh flowers, a certain kind of perfume that you love to wear, or a really nice coffee maker, say if you routinely make espressos or other fun caffeinated drinks! So to start, if there are things in your home that you do not absolutely love, it’s time to say goodbye.

 

When there is less ‘stuff’ around, your brain is less likely to be overstimulated. You can focus and be more productive in the areas you love. Think about it: less clothes means less laundry, and less laundry leads to more time for yourself, your family, friends, and hobbies.

Benefits of Essentialism

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There are three key benefits to having an essentialist approach to life: more time, more money, and more confidence!


More Time:

When you own fewer things, you are going to spend significantly less time looking for what you need; whether that be clothes, a book, or a coffee mug. You can spend that extra time doing something you really want to do; and you won’t have to rush out the door every morning!


More Money:

When your closet is overflowing and you can never put your hands on what you’re looking for, you never know what you actually own. On the other hand, when you’re organized and can see everything you own, it eliminates the shopaholic tendencies. You won’t buy on impulse anymore because you will know what you own. No more ‘just in case’ purchases. Even better: less shopping means more money in your wallet!


More Confidence:

If you don’t feel good in what you are wearing, that will show in your face and in your energy. Only having what makes you feel good is an instant self esteem booster! Physical things carry energy, which you then carry with you throughout the day.

To Avoid Clutter, Avoid cheap

A major key for living an essentialist lifestyle – stay away from fast fashion! It is so easy to throw lots of clothes into your cart, in person or online) when you see those amazing 2 for $10 deals staring at you head on! On trend, bright and beautiful colors, and low prices – I mean, what’s not to love? However, you need to keep in mind that a shirt on sale for $5 likely will not hold up too long. That will lead to a lot of clothing build up, a lot of clutter, and lot of stuff just sitting in your closet that isn’t being used. Make the investment in yourself and shop good quality.

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As someone who has practiced and instilled essentialism into her life over the last several years, I can tell you how much of a game changer this way of life is! I now focus more on what truly matters to me, and what I love. I am no longer trying to impress others with what they think I should own; because once you start discovering what it truly important to YOU, none of the rest matters!

Do you have questions about Essentialism, or would you like to learn how you can implement it into your life? Check out my work here, or reach out to me at [email protected]! You can also follow me on Instagram!

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