I feel like there is such a misunderstanding for what simple living is. There are a few key concepts that I often see, when people think of simple living and I wanted to address some of them.
Minimalist don’t care about money
Minimalism and people living a more simple life can sometimes realize that they don’t need as much money as they original thought, when they were buying unnecessary items. They can instead invest their money into things they are passionate about or use their extra money to travel. Which some how creates this misconception that they do not care about money at all. I think this misconception comes from the idea that you are suppose to make money to accumulate more stuff. Just because people living a more simple life don’t spend their money at the mall doesn’t mean they don’t care about their finances.
Minimalist don’t want to work
I think this is similar to the misconception above. When people start exploring minimalism and start living with less it sparks interest about other area’s such as finding your passion. When you live with less you are able to find out what jobs make you happiest instead of looking at it from primarily a financial stand point. I love to work I actually get bored very quickly and I like to have multiple project going on at once. Just because I don’t work the typical 9-5 doesn’t mean I hate to work. That is just crazy.
Minimalist are nature freaks
This one really doesn’t make sense to me. I’m not even sure what qualifies someone as a “nature freak.” I guess for me since I have more time on my hands I do like to do some outside activities. I don’t think that qualifies me as a nature freak and just because you decide to live with less does not mean you have a sudden interest in the outdoors.
Minimalism is about home decor.
This one is the most irritating to me because it is a very common misconception. A lot of people think that minimalism is having your living room look like this:
I’m sorry but just because you have a nice clean living room with a bunch of white walls and furniture does not mean you as a minimalist and vice versa.
At the end of the day minimalism is all about just living with less. No need to over complicate it or make accusations weather someone works a corporate job or is a farmer anyone can make efforts to live with less clutter in their life.