4 Simple Living Lessons From Tiny House People

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I have a feeling that most of you have heard about tiny houses. Once a small, fringe community, the tiny house movement has gained a huge amount of interest in the social media and blogging worlds, and has even spawned TV shows and documentaries.

I’ve been a fan of the tiny house movement for years, and I’m not surprised to see how much interest has been generated over the ultra minimalist community. Actually living in a tiny house may be too extreme a version of simple living for most, but the movement has managed to strike a chord with people from all kinds of backgrounds and current housing situations.

Don’t think that the tiny house movement is simply about a race to the bottom in square footage. At its heart, it’s about people wholeheartedly embracing simple living and minimalism and freeing themselves from mortgages, debt, and the physical trappings of day to day life.

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Why Minimalism is Important – It’s Not Just About Your Closets!

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We’re big advocates of simple living here at Oak & Soul. For us the journey began with decluttering and unburdening ourselves of possessions. But like many people who start embracing minimalism, the search for simplicity led us far away from our closets and storage spaces.

Minimalism is about more than stuff. It’s about more than simple spaces and a tidy home. It’s learning to prioritize what’s important in your life. It’s deciding what adds value to your life. It’s making room for what lights you up and makes you happy, and ridding yourself of what doesn’t contribute to that.

Why is Minimalism Important?

Minimalism is more than an individual lifestyle choice. It’s become a social movement promoting sustainability, responsible consumerism and learning to see beyond the superficial.

Here are some of the important side effects of the wave of people embracing minimalism and simple living.

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The #1 Way Minimalism Improved My Life

Minimalism is a funny thing. On the surface it seems like it’s about possessions, about the excess stuff. But anyone who’s started down the road to a more minimalist outlook soon realizes that it’s about so much more than material things.

// It teaches you a new way to define yourself that’s separate from what society tells us is important.

// It forces you to examine your life and your priorities in a new way.

// It teaches us to let go of the artificial / superficial definitions of personal value and success.

Most profoundly for me, minimalism has helped me get more comfortable in my own skin. I’m learning to stop defining myself by what I have, what I wear or what I earn. I’m learning to focus on deriving my value from within.

This change of perspective has made my life better, fuller and richer in so many ways.

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Can You Be a Minimalist and Still Love Beautiful Things? YES!

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Here at Oak & Soul we believe in the power of simplicity. We believe that possessions do not form the foundation of our happiness and that our worth is not determined by the clothes we wear or the cars we drive. We’re certainly not alone, the concept of minimalism is becoming more discussed and prioritized but it’s still very much a countercultural viewpoint.

Why is this?  Why don’t more people see the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle? 

We live in a consumerist culture that absolutely overwhelms us with marketing messages and hype urging us to buy one thing or another. Companies are constantly trying to convince us that our problems can be solved with the simple action of forking over a few dollars. Not pretty enough? Smart enough? Outgoing, thin or stylish enough? Successful enough? There is no crisis of identity or confidence that can’t be resolved with the swipe of a credit card.

Of course on some level we realize that it’s all hype, but here’s the thing… the acquisition of something new usually does give a quick boost to ones ego or confidence. Whether it’s the fabulous new shoes that make your girlfriends drool or the new car that outshines your neighbour’s there can be a momentary burst of positive feeling from material things.

But it doesn’t last.

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Stop the Mad Rush to Nowhere

Society is in a constant, endless RUSH and it is causing exhaustion, anxiety and depression to explode world-wide. But we aren’t meant to live this way! Our bodies aren’t meant to be stressed, exhausted and depleted long-term.

Why do I have to let my monkey-mind drag me around left, right, up, down, in circles? It’s exhausting! Making lists, obsessively checking to-do’s, to buys, to think abouts…it’s ENDLESS. I don’t even know if tomorrow will come but I am so engrossed in what it holds that I am not living in my present moment, which is very much real and existing and happening right now.

Stop making lists! Stop making irrelevant to-do’s! Stop putting notes in the calendar!!

So how do we take control of it? How do we calm our shit?

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