Are you poor or a minimalist?

This is a question that comes to me in many forms:

Are you a minimalist, or just poor and pretending it’s cool?

I guess I could be seen as both, but the difference is my mindset and the fact that I choose to live with less.

When you live with 100 items because you have no choice because you have no money to buy the things you’d like, then you’re poor.

Poor people are in the mindset that they’re being deprived and are not at a comfortable level for stuff to meet their needs.

If you live with 100 items because you chose to do so, then you’re happy with your 100 items and you’re in the mindset of a minimalist.

Minimalists are in the mindset that they feel perfectly fine with exactly what they have, and their needs (and more) are covered.

Note: I am using 100 items as an example, but it could be any number of things.

For me, there is no such thing as a poor minimalist.

You are in one category or the other, and it all depends on your perspective and how you choose to label yourself based on how happy you are with the things you own.

Minimalist people are not poor people in disguise, trying to pretend like their lives are better with less.

They genuinely feel better with less, and choose to live with less.

It is a positive to live with less. Not a negative.

Oh and P.S.? Minimalism is not a fad.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.