It is an art. It’s hard to challenge the status quo and not buy into capitalism. At the center of minimalism is knowing where ‘enough’ is. It’s an under-appreciated, overlooked secret to effectiveness and even happiness.
Being a minimalist doesn’t mean owning less for the sake of not owning anything; being a minimalist means optimizing the things you have. When you have a few quality things, then there is no need to have more.
If you want to think about minimalism in a more practical sense, this kind of lifestyle helps you: travel lighter, move easier, have more valuable things (but fewer things), be more productive, get out of debt, save money, spend more quality time doing what you want, spend less time cleaning, lose weight, do more.
This doesn’t mean you have to call yourself a minimalist, it just means being mindful of what you do have, which in turn, helps you appreciate things more. More importantly, it turns your focus to people and experiences.
If you wait long enough, there will always be something better; something that’s ‘guaranteed to make you happier and more productive!’ Just remember, it’s okay to stop when you’re fulfilled. And sometimes, in order to reach fulfillment, you’ll need to stop.
The secret to living is giving. Get less, give more. Give extra, get extra. How much more will this ‘thing’ help you improve? If it’s a significant improvement, then it’s worth the investment, if not, try rethinking it for a while. How might your life be better with less? Try eliminating the ‘non-essential items’ from your life. Try doing more with less. Try loving what you have and only getting things you absolutely love. It’s a tough balance to maintain, but it’s worth it.