Minimalism is not a universally defined concept, at least not how I view it. It’s different for everyone, and we can adopt it to varying degrees. However, I believe there is one core principle behind it that is part of the reason why some people are so attracted to it; it’s supposed to help us make our lives simpler and easier. Below are ten signs you’re a minimalist and you don’t even know it:
1. You rarely go shopping for new things, and/or you’re constantly getting rid of things you don’t use or need. Owning less material things and getting rid of things we don’t need are two of the main ideas associated with being a minimalist. However, this is not to be confused with compulsively upgrading our material possessions. There are some people who need to upgrade their cell phone every time a new one comes out, they have to have the newest gadget, they’re often trading their car because they need to drive a new car, they’re constantly getting rid of “old” clothes because they’re no longer in fashion. This type of disposing of things is not what is meant by this point. These examples would be better described as consumerism, it’s not what minimalism is about.
2. You prioritize comfort and practicality. You’d rather have a decent-looking wrinkle-resistant wardrobe then a stunning wardrobe consisting of high maintenance fabrics that require hand washing and ironing or dry-cleaning. If you’re a woman, you don’t own high heels. If you’re a man, you don’t own bow ties or shirt garters. If it’s uncomfortable, you’re not wearing it.
3. It takes you less than 30 minutes to get ready. You’re not a slob, you just have better things to do with your time then sit in front of a mirror putting on makeup or applying a pound of gel to your hair for 30 minutes. 30 minutes is all you need to look as sharp as necessary for the occasion.
4. You’re good at saving, budgeting, and prioritizing. While other people seem to be constantly struggling financially, you seem to be able to do miracles with your money.
5. You have zero drama in your life because you’re selective about who you allow into your circle. You have a good intuition and you listen to it when it comes to friending new people. You have no tolerance for flaky people and have no problem cutting people out once you realize they’re flakes. Those closest to you are all positive, mature individuals that add value to your life instead of drama.
6. You only have a few very close friends. You understand it’s not about quantity, but rather about quality. Those few friends are the ride or die type of friends that some people only dream of finding. These are people you can rely on and trust.
7. You follow your own path without paying attention to what others expect of you because you value your happiness more than anything. Above all, you stay true to yourself.
8. You’re a straightforward person. You don’t beat around the bush, and you like to go straight to the point because you understand that time is valuable and you don’t like to waste it.
9. Accomplishing goals sometimes seems to be a little easier for you than for other people. Your straightforward and practical nature allows you to set yourself up for success. You still go through struggles, but you seem to be able to handle whatever life throws your way.
10. You like order. Your living space, emotions, and finances are orderly. In conclusion, you have your shit together. As a result, you sometimes find yourself feeling uncomfortable/anxious when you’re surrounded by a disorderly environment or disorderly people.
If you identified with most of these, then you have minimalist tendencies. If all of these apply to you, then it’s a safe bet that you are a minimalist! All of these are true for me because the mottos I live by are practicality, authenticity, and simplicity. If none of these describe you, that’s ok too. You must follow your own path and live your life in a way that works for you and makes you happy, there’s no right or wrong.