I’ve been reading quite a few blogs on minimalism lately. After nearly a year using less-stuff-than-before (especially during the trek) I’m thinking it wouldn’t be hard to reduce the possessions even further.

But what is minimalism? Here are some succinct definitions:

Minimalism is a tool get rid of superfluous excess in favor of focusing on what’s important in life so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. (The Minimalists)

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. (mnmlist)

What Minimalism is really all about is reassessment of your priorities so that you can strip away the excess stuff – the possessions and ideas and relationships and activities – that don’t bring value to your life. (Exile Lifestyle)

As you can see, it’s not just about getting rid of ‘stuff’. It’s about reassessing what’s really important in your life.

That’s slowly becoming clearer for me.

What’s most important in your life?

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