A minimalist person is often described as someone who wants a simpler life. But I’d like to expand on that definition, because as a minimalist I actually prefer things to be easy over being simple. Either way, for me, minimalism is about letting go of anything that takes your time, space, energy, and money away from what’s really important. It allows you to focus down on the most important people, things, and ideas in your life.
A frugal minimalist, also called an expense minimalist, is a person who consumes less with the ultimate goal of saving money. We will discuss this type of minimalist in more detail in this post, as well as ways to incorporate this type of minimalism into your life.
An eco-minimalist makes decisions about their purchases, possessions, and lifestyle based on their impact on the environment. They want to protect the earth and live as lightly as possible. This post will go into further details about the different characteristics of an eco-minimalist and how you can incorporate more eco-minimalism into your own life.
An essential minimalist, also referred to as an essentialist, is someone who prefers quality over quantity in every aspect of life—and just the essentials needed for a complete life. They want to own fewer things, but they want them to be durable. Essentialist minimalists want to do less, but their actions all have purpose, efficiency, and high value.
An experiential minimalist is someone who considers experiences more valuable than possessions. A classic example is someone who saves their money to travel instead of spending it on clothes or housing. I will give more examples, and also talk about how to incorporate some aspects of this type of minimalism into your life.
An aesthetic minimalist is a person who prefers to have their possessions and surroundings arranged in a minimalist way. The classic thought that comes to mind is a sparsely-furnished, all-white room, but there are many more facets to this type of minimalism.
Whatever goal you’re trying to reach or change you want to make, if you’re following someone else’s advice and it isn’t working, it probably isn’t your fault. I’ll explain why and what you can do about it.
Here are some of the main reasons why you can’t create the change you want:
Your personality type
Science doesn’t have all the answers
Less is not always better, even for a minimalist. In this article I’ll explore when more is better, and how you can get more of the good stuff.