Over the past few years the idea of living a Minimalist lifestyle has been growing in popularity. Minimalist documentaries are popping up on Netflix, the tiny house movement is in full swing, #vanlife is a thing, and individuals are starting to leave social media in droves.
In our day-and-age, popularity is often paired with misinformation. Below are the 5 common misconceptions I have heard pertaining to Minimalism and Minimalists.
1. Minimalists deprive themselves
Individuals do not adopt the minimalist lifestyle to suffer. It’s quite the contrary. Minimalists identify which items add value to their lives and let go of all the others.
2. Minimalism is a weekend project
Minimalism is not a point-in-time event, it’s an ongoing pursuit of doing more with less. It’s the constant evaluation of your possessions and what is important to you.
3. Minimalists never spend money
Sure, there are some minimalists that are frugal, but it’s not a prerequisite for considering yourself a minimalist. Since adopting minimalism, I do save more, but I’m also not afraid to spend money on an item or trip that will spark joy.
4. Minimalism is a form of religion
An individual does not need to be religious to adopt minimalistic values. Nor is minimalism, itself, a religion. However, if you look closely most religions do bear minimalist values. I would argue that Buddha and Jesus both fit the minimalist description.
5. Minimalism is about the numbers
Some minimalists are more extreme than others. There are individuals that own less than 100 items, but there are also minimalists that own a larger number of items. To me, it’s about the balance, not the number.
Have you heard of these misconceptions? Have you heard of any others worth mentioning? Let me know in the comments below!