When I left the United States nearly a year ago, all I had was what you see in the picture to the left. No checked baggage. No box of clothes and books. This is part of the reason I am able to travel for so cheap.
Great as this may sound, what exactly is minimalism – and why is it so useful?
It can mean getting out of debt. It involves spending less time on activities like shopping. It means you can find your keys. It gives you more room (physically and metaphysically). It begets more time and greater peacefulness of mind.
It’s about minimalism, and why it’s important today.
It’s about stuff, and how it has come to overwhelm us.
It’s about distractions and commitments and a neverending task list.
It’s about the culture of more, of bigger, of consumption.
It’s about how less is the answer.
There are obvious benefits to spending less money, but what about the rest? I could describe it to you in page after page, such as the peace of mind it brings, but that would not be very minimalist of me. Instead I would like to invite you to find out yourself in an easy mini-experiment.
The idea is that we will all take a step back from consumerist society for one weekend and tweet about our experiences. It’s an everybody-wins competition called the Minimalist Weekend (click to learn more).
Here’s some ideas to get you started.
- Instead of paying for a hotel and food, get some non-perishable food and go camping in a new city.
- Go on a weekend vacation with absolutely no luggage. No carry-on, nothing.
- Instead of paying to see a movie with the kids, put on your own show. Get sock puppets and hide behind the table. If you’re not creative, don’t be afraid to borrow stories.
- Run a marathon.
- Build a fort (or anything else, for that matter, that requires little).
What are you doing for your minimalist weekend? Let me know below.