Minimalists never spend money
Minimalist’s do spend money but they spend it intentionally and mindfully. It’s spending money on items that need replacing and not buying multiples of one thing which are unnecessary or treating shopping as a hobby or social event. I’ve stopped buying cheap fashion clothes that need replacing after 2 washes and I’m actually spending more on single items that will last the test of time – therefore saving me money in the long term. It’s also a much more ethical approach to how much we consume and throw away.
All minimalists live with a set number of things
The idea of owning just 100 items or just 33 items of clothing is not the basis of Minimalism. People use a set number as a tool to help them downsize their belongings. It gives them an end goal and it helps them eliminate excess. I have never used this method myself but I have found decluttering and downsizing my possessions an easy task; not everyone does.
You are not a Minimalist unless you are an extreme minimalist
You can live a minimalist lifestyle no matter how many items you own. What’s minimal to you will be different to what is minimal to someone else. There is no right or wrong. The point of minimalism is to live intentionally with just what you need – no excess. Do it your way.
If your partner is not minimalist then you can’t be one
It can be tricky if you and your partner have very different views on how you want to live your lives but with any difference you may have to your partner, it’s all about compromise and hopefully you’ll inspire them in the long run. My partner is not minimalist but he is supportive of the fact that I am.
Minimalism is a religion
Minimalism is a tool and lifestyle not a religion. You only have to believe that possessions do not equal happiness and that you’ll be happier and more content wanting less.