Minimalism has been a hip topic these days. From minimalist websites to YouTube channels, there is plenty of buzz going around.
Minimalism encourages people to get rid of things they don’t need so that they can focus on things they need. This applies to friends and relationships as well. It also asks us to be frugal when buying new stuff so we accumulate only what we really need. The idea is to be more happy with less stuff to worry about and have more family and personal time.
In my family, we like this idea but believe that some material things do give us happiness. Hence when it comes to discarding or getting rid off , one need not go to the extreme end.
As an example, a smartphone with internet gives me possibilities from reading, networking to writing my own blog. While excessive use of the phone is harmful, it is something that should not be discarded because one wants to be minimalistic. It’s nearly impossible for my daughter to believe our life without smartphones and internet when we were teens!
So we have started with what I call “Semi” minimalism in our home. This means that we are aware of our needs, the stuff we own but don’t go to extremes to get rid of the majority.
We have 3 kids – a creative daughter who is 10 and twins who are 2 years. It is very obvious that the twins are going to have toys and a lot of stuff. We are perfectly alright to have untidy playing area. The joy we derive out of playing with them & watching them play is priceless. And since my daughter creates a lot of artistic things , she also has a lot of stuff which is really useful.
The same applies to gadgets like TVs, music systems which give us joy if we don’t overuse them.
In summary , I believe in the right balance between owning too much stuff versus having too less. I would like to hear your opinions about minimalism…or…semi minimalism!
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