Discovering Minimalism


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For as long as I can remember, I have traveled with lots of things.

I have moved quite a lot, and I love to be a nomad. However, I am always the one in the family that has the biggest amount of boxes or bags. Why do I carry so much?

Books I read just once, clothes and leotards that no longer fit, papers I no longer read, photos sitting in albums, pencils, markers, and pens I love to collect, dead pointe shoes that are impossible to wear again, uncomfortable shoes, toys full of dust... these are just a few items I brought with me when I moved to Tampa alone.

And as for now, I have probably gotten rid of fifty percent of them.

Everything started when I watched a documentary called Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things. Directed by Matt D'Avella, this film features the lives of the two figures behind The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus; as well as the lives of influencers, designers, journalists, neuroscientists, and entrepreneurs that apply a minimalist lifestyle. 

But what exactly is minimalism? Why am I so hooked?

I first heard the term "minimalism" in one of Jenny Mustard's videos (one of my favorite YouTubers). I could not believe she and her partner, David, could live with such few things.

Minimalism is, after all, a living lifestyle that includes only the things that add value to your life.

No excess, no clutter, no disorganization. Instead, more valuable life experiences with less stuff.

I fell in love with this lifestyle. For the course of the last three weeks, I have worked on getting rid of both material and digital clutter in my tiny room as well as getting old content out of social media in order to have a better online image.

You see, minimalism does not only include getting rid of the stuff that does not add value to your life, but also gaining a positive mindset towards what really matters in your life.

I want to keep sharing my journey towards minimalism, as I plan to include it in Claudia's Journal. Would you like to join me on this approach to living a more meaningful life, with less?

Love people and use things, because the opposite never works.
— The Minimalists

I invite you to watch the following video. It is a trailer for the documentary that, I can now say, has changed my life in terms of what I consider valuable.