How many unworn clothes and unread books sit in your house? This stuff doesn’t add value to our lives. It’s especially hard to part with items that have sentimental value.
The average American home contains over 300,000 items. 10% of Americans rent storage space even though the size of their homes has tripled.
How to be a minimalist
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015) demonstrates the power of owning less things. Learn why people hoard more possessions than they need, and how this behavior affects their happiness.
Consumption for the sake of consumption is leading us to be miserable. We can consciously choose to disengage from this materialistic mindset.
Minimalism can change your life for the better
This documentary shows viewers how their quality of life could improve by practicing minimalism. It’s not that owning things is bad, it’s just that the majority of things that we buy are a response to consumerism instead of an actual need. We’re bombarded with messages telling us to buy all the time, when really we need to focus on purchasing only those things that will make our lives better.
This film shows you what a minimalist lifestyle looks like. Although this documentary doesn’t offer too many practical tips for living life as a minimalist, it does help you envision what your life could be like with less stuff.
Think about doing more with less
Watching this film made me think about my own possessions and spending habits. I realized that some of the things that I perceived to be needs were wants that I had developed based on societal expectations.
I would recommend viewing this so that you can rethink your own consumption habits. Over the last hundred years, media and businesses have been pushing us to buy more. The more you buy, the more you want. The more you own, the emptier you feel. Instead of feeling gratitude for what we have, we long for the things we can’t have.
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things is a must-watch for people who already have a lot of stuff, but still feel like they don’t have enough.
I give this film an overall rating of 3.75 out of 5 stars.
You can become trapped by your need to have more stuff
Society has normalized this need to own more things. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things reminds us that there might be a simpler and better way to live.
|||^||LA Times: For many people, gathering possessions is just the stuff of life|
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