Popular culture and the media want you believe that having more (clothes, cars, toys for your children) will make you happy. On the flipside a movement toward minimalism encourages you to first focus on the discovery and clarification of your core priorities, values and beliefs. The next step is to declutter and remove items from your home and lifestyle that are not aligned with those needs and beliefs. By removing and reducing items that cause visual and physical clutter in your life you begin to free yourself from the responsibility of caring, storing and organizing those items. Minimalism allows you to be content with what you have because you realize those are the only items you actually need. You also begin to see that a majority of the stress and anxiety we feel comes from the care and expense of having too much.
Contributors: Lauren Tingley from Simply Well Balanced