Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

 
 
Photo by Joshua Weaver

Photo by Joshua Weaver

Do you sometimes feel weighed down with clothing you never wear, kitchen appliances you never use or you just don’t feel that you own the most practical things?  We at plantadouce also have felt cluttered and unfocused - and this is where The Minimalists and their way of life can inspire us.

The Minimalists have put it this way, “Consumption isn’t the problem; compulsory consumption (consumerism) is the problem... An extraordinary life - a life to be proud of - is a decision. Not a single decision, but a myriad of little decisions each day.”

Photo by Matt D'Avella

Photo by Matt D'Avella

If you want to drop the unnecessary clutter from your life, live more consciously and make better decisions that lead you to where you really want to be, then the documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things might interest you.

The documentary tells the story of the friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus - also known as The Minimalists. We follow their journey from being corporate co-workers, to consciously living people, to touring and inspiring the United States. On their travels through America, they meet and interview people who also live their own way of a conscious life. Their stories include living in a tiny house, only using 30 pieces of clothing or living from a suitcase and traveling the world.

 
 

Decluttering is a central point to The Minimalists and they focus on only living with the items they truly need. They advocate for a rich and better life with less stuff. Because - where does happiness come from? We often tend to think that if we get that or this thing, we may be content with our lives. But once we get that thing, the joy is many times very short-lived. Maybe happiness instead can be found in the people you surround yourself with and the positive experiences in your everyday life- these things involve the inner self and are often not for sale. Treasure those!

 
 

In my own home, my boyfriend and I have slowly but steadily begun our decluttering journey. We started by getting rid of things neither of us knew the reasons behind keeping. Then we moved onto items that before held a personal meaning to us - but once we looked it over a few times, it didn’t really make sense for us to keep it! We are nowhere near done, but we do it at our own pace and try not to stress about it.

 
 
Photo by Joshua Weaver

Photo by Joshua Weaver

 
 

Why should you watch the film? Well, if you are interested in getting input from alternative and sustainable ways of living, you might find some inspiration in The Minimalists and their journey. A simpler life with less stuff is appealing to a lot of people, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to begin.

To learn more about the documentary and The Minimalists, you can visit their website, www.theminimalists.com, where you can further explore their story.

I will end here with some inspiration from The Minimalists: “Love people, use things. The opposite never works… Happiness is a byproduct of a meaningful life.”