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THE POWER OF MINIMALISM

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LIVING WITH ONLY WHAT YOU NEED. HERE WE PRESENT A GUIDE TO LIVING A MORE MINIMALIST LIFESTYLE AND EXPLORE HOW IT CAN EMPOWER US. BEGIN YOUR CHANGE HERE.

Words By Alessandra Di Perna

Photography by Karolina Grabowska

The new wave of minimalism is a revolution. Cutting away so many needless materialistic possessions and beginning to shape our lives around only what is really needed can be incredibly gratifying. By reducing our reliance on clutter and physical space occupiers, we can begin to fully realise our priorities in life, and quite often this can greatly reduce stress.

Minimalism is a lifestyle. A choice that guides our every action, from routine, to major decisions, and acts as a tool to channel our inner energy without material influences. Think of it not as risk reduction, smoothing the corners of furniture to avoid getting hurt, but rather selecting the pieces of furniture that actually add to the room.

Contrary to the common belief, minimalism is not inspired by austerity. It is a luxury style in stark contrast to traditional “more and more” attitudes. Minimalism is elegant sophistication, which involves being conscious of your own possessions and monetary thinking. In very simple terms, it means choosing a few high quality and necessary possessions, as opposed to high quantities of unnecessary possessions. To be able to consider yourself an effective minimalist, you need to be aware of your surroundings and at the same time, be capable of classifying and selecting according to your person.

“Less is more”

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The famous Bauhaus manifesto, originating under the Weimar constitution, highlighted how minimalistic dwelling can turn away from meticulousness, towards a more rational, functional and standardised approach to living. It found its greatest expression through extreme simplification, reducing design to basic shapes and monochrome palettes composed of primary colors.

Within the realm of the arts, the minimalist movement extended across all fields of creativity, music, nutrition and fashion, and became a way of thinking and living, incorporating only the fewest and most essential elements.

Minimalism does not imply indeclinable restrictions, rather it may help you to perceive the usefulness of an object to yourself.

We can think of becoming more minimalistic by thinking about reassigning meanings to our belongings, creating a balance, where each of them hold their own importance in complement to one another across all aspects of your life, relationships, feelings and passions.

Ask yourself, does this belonging fulfil the same function as another? Does this belonging fulfill a necessary function I otherwise could not achieve? How does this belonging make me feel? Do I NEED this belonging?

How do we get the most out of minimalism? Let out life design the possessions we bring into it, as opposed to letting possessions shape our lives. The most difficult factor to apply for success, is also the most effective; focus. Focus allows individuals to define and categorise their environment. Focus itself implies concentration, and the more you are able to do so, the more effective you become at noticing details in simplicity, where you had not before.

Despite contrary opinion and forms of decoration, minimalism actually gives special attention to details. When focusing on fewer elements, you are able to better grasp the small characteristics, which can often be more meaningful.

Minimalism is greatly aligned with the goal to find freedom in happiness. To reach this, perhaps the three C pathway may help you; Commitment, Consistency and Completeness.

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COMMITMENT. Once you have reassessed your personal priorities, it is important to commit to them, fully realising your efforts in order to achieve your goals or create your “dream” situation. This should never be an irreversible process, rather an evolving understanding of what you value most at a given point in time. Realisation of goals is as important as change, because the latter is what gives you the power to be the architect of your life.

CONSISTENCY. Falling back into old habits is easily done, especially when you cannot find the right motivation. Sometimes people accrue superfluous objects and fulfill their lives with a huge amount of meaningless things because they fear simplicity, solitude or reality. By facing challenges, and not taking direct action, reality and external events still have the power to produce emotions and influence your life. Therefore, small, conscious, but unidirectional, steps towards your essential goals are fundamental for getting the most about these living habits.

COMPLETENESS. The last point along the journey differs from the first two as it is rather the “implied” terminal; the end point you hope to reach sooner or later in your life. Consistency and Commitment over time can help achieve this, by creating a self-enforcing mechanism in which your soul guides your physical being effortlessly to pursue the greatest version of yourself holistically.