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Tristyn Smith, Staff Reporter

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As a society, we are in a perpetual state of want. We see something that we don’t have and we instantly want it, despite not having any idea how we will use said object.
Our focus on material possessions makes it harder to get the most out of life. We absorb ourselves in the daily grind, just so we can buy more stuff. We give up time that we could be spending with family and friends so we can work for more material items that add no value to our lives.
Minimalism is all about eliminating this issue. It is about holding on to the things that add value to your life and letting go of the things that don’t.
The hardest part of minimalism is the first step. Getting rid of the item that you get no value from but still have been holding on to for years is very difficult, but also liberating. Once you take that first step, it gets much easier. You’re able to ask yourself, “Is this adding value to my life?” and if the answer is no, you’re able to get rid of the item.
My first step was to declutter my closet. I owned probably 50 shirts (I only wore about 15 on a regular basis), so I condensed. While it is still a work in progress, I have removed the majority of the shirts that I don’t wear from the equation. To the surprise of a few of my friends, I wear almost every article of clothing that I own on a regular basis.
This is something that anyone can do. In my opinion, the closet is the best place to start. From my vantage, high schoolers tend to have very full closets that are infested with unworn clothes that others could benefit from.
A good way to go about this is to donate your old clothes to organizations that help get them to people who need them. Whether it be Goodwill, a local thrift store or one of the many donation bins you can find around virtually any corner you can certainly find a place to donate the clothes that aren’t adding value to your life and help someone add some value to theirs.
Minimalism isn’t only about the physical though. It is equally about how you spend your time. Instead of overworking yourself to pay for the trendy item of your choice, you can spend some time with friends and family. Using your time intentionally is an easy way to add value to your life.
While it is not an instant solution to all of life’s problems, minimalism can certainly help put a few of them to bed. If you feel like your life is overcrowded, physically or mentally, maybe minimalism is worth a try.