A little bit of me was really tempted to just leave this entire post blank.
Over the last 6 months or so I’ve dabbled with forms of minimalism, but in the last few days, I’ve found myself binge-watching Matt D’Avella and other minimalist content creators. I fell down the rabbit hole and kinda like it, so I may stay down here.
I first came across minimalism during a period of feeling overwhelmed in my digital space. My MacBook was overflowing with files and my iPhone had pages and pages of ‘productivity’ apps. My quest for the perfect productivity recipe had led me down a path that was anything but productive. I searched YouTube for ideas on how to organize my digital space in the hope I could regain some mind-space too.
Kraig Adams popped up with his video ‘Digital Minimalism – How To Simplify Your Online Life‘.
I immediately knew that organizing my digital space using some of Kraig’s methods, would free up my mind to concentrate and focus on actually being productive. After watching several more of Kraig’s videos, I then found Matt D’Avella. Matt creates YouTube videos that are really short documentaries, well some of them are. Matt is on a minimalist quest and takes on different 30-day long challenges to try and form new habits, all in a bid to improve his life.
I’m sold. I see genuine benefits in much of the minimalistic approaches that Kraig, Matt, and the others I’ve since found, utilize.
After clearing out much of my digital space and creating a much simpler workflow, I then started to look at other areas of our life we could implement similar methods to.
I started clearing out my wardrobe to leave myself with only what I needed, I’m not sure Donetta will follow this one but there’s hope! It’s still a work in progress for me, but I’m happy and comfortable in certain clothes so it makes sense to me to only have those clothes. We’re gradually clearing out rooms in our house to get rid of the clutter and only leave relevant stuff.
Minimalism for us, as a family of six, will be adapted to suit our needs. I think that’s the misinterpretation of what minimalism is. It’s not just about having less stuff, a single fork that you can all share and one t-shirt that you wash daily. It’s about minimalizing the needless material stuff you’ve gathered over the years, it’s about having less clutter not only in a physical sense but a mental one too.
Our adaptation of the version of minimalism we’re working towards is to create simpler workflows to maximize productivity whilst working from home, to declutter stuff we’ve accumulated over the years that is now redundant and to reduce the amount of stress that general day to day tasks can produce.
As a family of six, there is still a lot of stuff we actually need.
Our main motivation behind this more conscious effort to make decisions based on this method of minimalism is to reduce the amount of stress that daily life can bring, as well as attempting to maximize our productivity. An added bonus is that there are bound to be financial benefits to this also.
We’re starting our own conversation around this to both learn and educate others, in the hope there will be some value in the following content.
We’d love your thoughts…