If this pandemic has taught us anything it is that we need to get our priorities straight. It’s high time we learn to minimize life and improve its quality with immaterial possessions.
That book someone recommended to you a while ago, the one you had completely forgotten about, is now just a click away; or a new clothing store that keeps popping up on Facebook looks intriguing; the colors and styles are just your taste. Buying things has never been easier. And so is buying things you may not think you want until they’re suggested to you. That’s because advertising has become more efficient and targeted in recent years meaning you’re far more likely to buy products when offered.
Consumerism has been with us for over a hundred years, but does it really meet our needs?
It’s not surprising given the nature of advertising and the technologies available on the internet. Since the industrial revolution, the overproduction of goods and services has created an advertising industry interested in finding ways to make our possessions obsolete while encouraging us to spend more money on the next best thing.
In fact, it has been with us for so long now that it has become part of our culture and our ordinary mindset. We expect to be assaulted by ads for the latest products and services all vying for our attention. What’s more, we are often willing to part with our money for these products and services even though we may not need them.
That’s because consumerism is an integral part of our modern world that we accept as almost natural. But is it logical to have too many things in your life you don’t need?
Minimize Life And Improve Its Quality With Immaterial Possessions
Minimalism is an emerging trend that works against the culture of accumulation that we have come to view as normal. It is not a purist stance since targeted advertising can contribute to efficient spending and therefore, minimalism; instead, it seeks to raise awareness of the values we possess instead of the possession we own.
Immaterial possessions, such as love, kindness, patience, awareness, tolerance, and many more fundamental human values can be easily cultivated, and nurtured, by an intentional approach to space. Organizing your bookshelf into relevant titles means living in the moment with curiosity, knowing exactly where to find your partners’ misplaced phone is an act of kindness, and noticing when something has changed in your environment is a demonstration of awareness.
But what do you do with all of that stuff? If you want to downsize and simplify your life you might have bags and suitcases full of things you don’t need but also don’t want to part with. At least not right away. Then others don’t want to part with possessions at all but would prefer to cycle them as and when they’re needed. For those people storage facilities are excellent, ones such as Storefriendly Storage can help you downsize without selling all your possessions, or giving them away.
If minimalism sounds like something you’d like to try, you can start right away with this handy checklist. Just don’t forget to be present and mindful when you’re organizing your living space.