Arguments Against Minimalism
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Arguments Against Minimalism
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Homeschooling His Children Podcast
Season 1 Episode 28
What is Minimalism?
In today's podcast we will be talk about about what a minimalist is and the arguments for and against this type of lifestyle. I am literal sitting on a big rock in my backyard basking in the sun. Does that sound like I may be a minimalist? How about I do not even own my high school year books in which I had all my best friends sign, write meaningful letters, and add special photos we had taken together during our high school experiences. Do you want to hear one more? We are planning on starting a homestead from scratch and living in our RV until we build a different home. If you guessed I (Jackie) am a minimalist then you would be right! I believe in a lot of the minimalist principals and philosophies.
Minimalist typically do not buy and keep a lot of material goods. Minimalist value relationship more that things and that often leads to #living small #downsizing #simple living #simple life #simple living sorry... I use Instagram a lot! Minimalists also care greatly about humanity and the environment. We all live on a planet with finite natural resources and whether people want to admit responsibility or not we are personally responsible for the lifestyle we choose to live. We can buy lots of plastic things from China or not. We can buy meat raised in a human and sustainable way or not. We can grow our own food or not. These are all personal choices that each and every one of us gets to make #glad to be a american !
Arguments Against Minimalism
- Living as a minimalist can cost you more- If you give it all away you may need to buy it back again. You can save building supplies, car parts, and other miscellaneous things from around your home. Another perspective is what is really necessary and useful? Do we really need 10 pairs of shoes? Some people may think so. But unless you are a shoe model I do not think so. We do need a warm coat for the snow but do we need three? I would say not.So the argument against minimalism is that they give everything away and although some extreme minimalist may do that we do not suggest someone to give EVERYTHING away but to keep the things that they will actually use and need on a daily basis.
- Why give away extra, you will need it someday- This is true to some extent. We need to think about what we will need in the future. So if you are given a bag of size 5t girls clothes for your three year old daughter you could save those clothes for when she is bigger. She will need clothes at that age and that would be a good think to keep. If you have a three year old daughter and given five snow coats all in the same size should you keep all 5? Or if your daughter is given 5 pairs of flip flops should you keep all five? I think you should keep your favorite and donate the rest to a family how needs it more than you. We should help people who have less than us right? I think so!
Arguments For Minimalism
- Higher Value on Relationships Verse Things. I was talking to a cousin of our after a Christmas party as he was helping us load our Tahoe with the mounts of toys our children had just unwrapped. He mentioned that we sure had a lot of stuff now, how will you possibly fit all the children into the car too. I of course responded with sarcasm because I do not know how to speak in another way. I said "Yea! Who needs the kids we have all this stuff now." Then I said, "Whats more important people or stuff?". I said "It's stuff, right?!" Obviously, as a minimalist I do not think so. But if you caught the sarcasm you may have seen my point.
- You can live more simply with less things. The bigger home you have and the more things you have will require more time and effort in cleaning and organizing. We do not have a lot of toys for our children and that is due to the fact that I do not want to organize a mess of toys each day. The toys we do have for our children are educational and purposeful. We are given toys for our children for their birthdays and holidays and if they do not meet the educational goals we have for our children we will often donate these toys or sell them and buy our children something more useful. That is one of the nice things about being a adult. We are in control of our own lives and the things we keep in our homes. We do not feel pressured to conform and be submissive and keep everything we are given when we know the things are not good for our children.
- Minimalists can Live a More Purposeful Life- People who think about the things they bring into their lives know what type of life they want to live. It is actually much easier to be a hoarder because you simply get to keep everything. Hoarders can just keep all their goods in closets, under beds, in storage, etc. The problem with keeping everything means that it is harder to find what you are looking for because you have so much "stuff" that you simply can not find the important things that you need. Also, you will or least should organize all your things. How much more time will it require from you to organize all the things that you do not really need or want?
- Minimalist typically spend less money on stuff- So if you are spending less money on stuff you will have more money in the bank. Having more money in the bank to spend on thing that matter more in life seems like a very good decision to me!
- Minimalist Care About the Environment- Have you ever thought about the materials that go into producing all that shiny plastic so kindly shipped to us from overseas? There is a lot of toxic waste built up from all those plastic, aluminium (which is really bad for the environment), and metal goods. The people who live in those third world countries are left with the toxic mess that us Americans do not see. Hmm... sad.
- Homesteading as a form of Minimalism- As future homesteaders we need to thing about what we bring into our home. We will most likely live in a home without trash services. That means we need to dispose of our trash ourselves. Thing about it.. we can not buy tons of glass jars of pasta sauce because what would we do with all those glass jars? How about egg cartons, metal cans, cereal boxes, Styrofoam meat packages, and plastic bags? People in the city simply buy these things each week and simply throw them away in the recycling (hopefully). But does anybody think about how much trash they are putting into the landfills? Is it just me, the weird minimalist? Maybe.
Can a Minimalist Marry a Hoarder?
Michael is not a full blown minimalist like I am but he does value some of the minimalsit principles. But he does want to live a more simple life and understands that things can sometimes weight a person down to a specific spot. For example, we are moving to a new state and a smaller home. This means that we have to decide on which items of our will be taken, which will be left with family, some will be sold and donated. Although, Michael is not a minimalist he does not want to be a pack rat/ hoarder type of person either. We are truly good at helping one another keep in balance. I do not want to keep pretty much anything. Keep sakes are not really valuable to me as they may be to someone else. Michael on the other hand has keep things over the years like old drivers licences and broken clocks. This husband and wife really do help each other live in harmony with just the right about of nessessities to live a happy and simple life together.
Featured Instagram and Mom Blogger
In today's podcast script we are featuring a follow blogger who writes about mommy things from cooking to childcare. She has a lovely website at Donuts and Drama she also has a beautiful Instagram page with pictures of her beautiful daughter Penny and the fun things they do during the day! Definitely go check them out!
Pure Living For Life
Whether you are a minimalist or a hoarder you can totally get along. We all need balance in our lives and people who love us will also challenge us to be better. Better people, better parents, better at life. I hope that you found this podcast enjoyable and informational. I also hope we inspired you to be more intentional about the life choices that you get to make!
Michael and Jackie Bigar