Let’s tackle this right away, embarking on your own minimalist is more than just decluttering your physical spaces. It’s about changing the way you consume things. No matter what people try to tell you when they talk about minimalism, the most important thing to consider when changing your behavior is to stop buying things that are not absolutely necessary.
In my 20 years of minimalist journey, I have only recently understood that the minimalism of today is wrong. We tend to focus on decluttering, but minimalism is not a synonym for decluttering!
Decluttering is completely useless if you end up buying things again until your physical space is full. Minimalism is about decreasing your consumption and changing your spending habits first. Of course, you will have to declutter as a first step, but you cannot enter a never-ending cycle of consumerism in the process. Usually, when you are done, you look for something else to do. That’s when you like the need to buy something. You categorize the purchase as “essential” since, after all, you are a minimalist now. After all you know your needs! However, you will always find a new “essential” item to buy, and it just leads to more clutter up until you decide it’s time for a declutter. And here it goes all over again.
True minimalism comes from consciously changing your definition of “essential” purchases. The idea that minimalism is just about owning less, therefore allowing the non-stop purchase of goods if there is a decluterring process involved, does not show the true essence of minimalism. Minimalism means that you own less by decresig your spending and downsizing your possessions. Only when you’ve mastered the art of abstinence towards consumerism you can consider yourself a minimalist.