Minimalism, How Less Can Be More

Minimalism, How Less Can Be More
by Brittany Pruess

Defining Minimalism:

Let’s begin with what minimalism is not.

Minimalism is not reducing the number of items you have, wearing a wardrobe comprised of a few colors, ridding yourself of electronics, selling your house or living off the land. Nor is it about isolation or restriction. Although these themes may often suggest you are a minimalist, they do not define “minimalism” and what it can do for your overall lifestyle.

Rather, minimalism is the process of recognizing what is valuable to you. You work to get back to the basics of what makes life meaningful to you, and then fill your life with only the items, commitments, and people that match your ideal lifestyle. It is through this conscious effort to create a refined way of living that actually brings about the maximum enjoyment so many women often seek in their lives.

Areas of Minimalism:

Your Space (Items) — Although reducing the number of items in your space in itself does not define minimalism, this act of decluttering does help you filter through the process. When you begin the process of decluttering your physical space, you are required to look at each item and determine whether or not it fits into your ideal lifestyle. If the item does not fit, you get rid of it. As a result, each time you get rid of an item, it is also securing your understanding of what is important to you once again.

Your Schedule (Events) — The same process of creating a minimalist lifestyle can be applied to your schedule. Once you are clear about your time-focused priorities, you can begin the process of removing meetings, commitments, and impromptu events from your schedule that do not match what is central in your life. As a result of removing these commitments from your daily agenda, you reaffirm to yourself what is important to you.

Your Life (Relationships & Goals) — When you begin to look at the people in your life, take some time to reflect back on what your values are and what ultimately provides meaning to your life. Once you have done this, you can begin to determine if each individual you are surrounded by matches your values or if they tend to take you off course. By allowing yourself to focus on the people who reflect your ideal lifestyle, you also are demonstrating to them how valuable their friendship/relationship is to you.

It is Time to Enjoy Your Life:

Once our spaces, our schedules, and our lives have been decluttered, the life of a minimalist becomes even more meaningful and ultimately more enjoyable. Why? When nothing but what is meaningful remains, it allows for you to thoroughly enjoy what is in front of you. After making the deliberate choices about what to keep and what to discard in your life, you know that what remains are only the items, commitments, and people that match your ideal lifestyle. Your home is filled with only items that fit within your lifestyle, leaving little room for discontentment about the items in your possession. Your schedule is organized in such a way that you look forward to the day ahead and what you have chosen to fill it with. Your inner social circle is filled with the people who provide meaningful relationships for you which allow you to be more fully present for those special few versus being torn in too many directions. When you are a minimalist, you maximize your life. With less comes more — this simple fact, ladies, is why venturing into becoming a minimalist can be such a beautiful process.

Brittany PruessBrittany Pruess is your Women's Lifestyle Coach living in Rapid City. Visit to learn more about her work and schedule a consultation.

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