the home of your choice

the home of your choice

“Minimalism isn’t about removing things you love. It’s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love.”

― Joshua Becker, The Minimalist Home

A key problem that affects most of us is that we live in homes that retailers and mass marketers want us to live in, instead of living in homes that resonate with us, the ones that our mind, heart and soul pine for. 

Contrary to the popular belief that minimalist living is all about residing in tiny houses, RVs or personal spaces having white-washed walls and empty rooms with occasional piece of expensive furniture, minimalist homes are all about bringing things that add value to our lives and provide us comfort and joy. 

A minimalist home is not defined by the size of the house or how many pieces of furniture you have. It doesn’t matter what kind of space you want to live in, whether it be an apartment, a cottage, a townhome, a houseboat or a mobile home. The most important thing is creating a home that is a refuge for us. When we have less stuff lying around us in our homes, we also have fewer worries in our mind and are able to make better use of and appreciate the things that we already do own. With less clutter, we are also able to focus on our family and enjoy the meaningful activities together. 

Our home needs to be a safe haven for us that we love to be in, not a place that makes us feel overwhelmed or even depressed with annoying clutter and superfluous stuff lying around us. 

Our home mirrors our values as well as the personalities of people in the household. As we declutter and get rid of the non-essentials, we create more space for a better home life. As we create a minimalist home for ourselves that we desire and a better personal space that we truly deserve, we start enjoying the time that we spend in our homes and fall in love with it again. It becomes a place where we can feel at peace and are able to relax and rejuvenate to perform better and produce more. 

PS: If you enjoyed this essay, I’d encourage you to read my book Daily Minimalism (The Daily Learner, Book 4). The condensed timeless knowledge in the daily meditations will help you navigate through the complexities that come with modern living and guide you in your quest to living a happy and meaningful life.