More or Less: What Minimalism Means to Me

People often ask me what it means to be a minimalist. The lazy answer is to say that I own fewer possessions. Which is true. However, to me, it is much more. I find many advantages to living with less. In most cases, embracing restraint brings more of something else to my life. Take possessions for example. Owning fewer possessions has added more space, physically and mentally. This article offers up other ways I have gained more by living with less.

Quick note: For consistency, I am using the word less instead of “fewer” in some cases.

Less purchasing of brand new items. More perspective on value.

Less personal labels. More room for growth.

Less relationships. More quality connection.

Less scheduled activities. More presence.

Less entertainment. More productivity.

Less notifications. More engagement.

Less internet accounts. More focus.

Less dining out. More self control.

Less attachments. More flexibility.

Less gadgets. More appreciation.

Less consuming. More creating.

Less complaining. More action.

Less projects. More shipping.

Less bookmarks. More focus.

Less tracking. More results.

Less reading. More writing.

Less tools. More creativity.

Less debt. More freedom.

About The Author

John MacAdam is a Professional Engineer and mobile app developer from Columbus, Ohio. He is currently writing about Living with less and Growing a side business. Join the private email list to be notified of new posts.

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Professional transportation engineer, web designer, and mobile app developer from Columbus, Ohio.