Stephen Lindberg

On Minimalism

December 31, 2018

I find myself discussing minimalism more often recently. When the topic comes up, the conversation usually gravitates towards the struggle (or success) of removing clutter from the garage, junk drawer, or desk by donating or trashing whatever has been accumulated over the years. Getting rid of excess possessions can be extremely freeing when you live in a hyper-consumerist society. However, I find that this activity has diminishing returns. I call this practice minimal materialism, because I think minimalism is a philosophy that extends beyond the things we own.

I consider myself a subscriber to the philosophy of minimalism, so I try to find ways it can influence other aspects of life. One success I’ve had in this is interpersonal conversation. Minimalism in this realm means listening more actively, avoiding interrupting, and choosing your words thoughtfully. I apply minimalism here for several reasons:

If you like the values of minimalism, I encourage you to challenge yourself to apply it to more than just the things you own. Good luck!