When talking to people about living a simplified life, there are some explanations I hear repeated regularly as to why not. “I can’t do that, I have kids” or “I’m too old for that” are two prime examples. What is it which leads people to think these life facts are absolutes standing in the way of living with less? It’s as if there are specific mile markers that once you pass them, living a materially minimalist life is barred from you. This is, however, not at all the case. There is no “point of no return” for leading the lifestyle you want to live. Life is never too far gone to rid yourself of unwanted and unneeded baggage.
Minimalism isn’t about living with only one hundred items or living off what you can fit in your suitcase. Those are versions, and they work well for some individuals. Minimalism, at its simplest, is about knowing what your goals in life are. Know what possessions will help you with those goals. Know what possessions distract you from how you want to be spending your days. Anything fitting in the second category, get rid of it. If something is a hinderance to what you really want to do with your life, then free up the space in your life it was filling. You are better off with empty space than cluttered space.
Don’t look at anything by categories of items, but as individual ones. Does each and every one of those items serve a purpose you want filled? If not, then it becomes a candidate for trimming down. Simply because something could be useful is not enough. Has it, in practice, actually been useful to you?
There is not a time in life when the above isn’t an option. There are times when it is more difficult than others, for sure. Yet you always have the opportunity to consider why you own what you own. Don’t tell yourself you can’t. You have options.