Why do People Like Minimalism?


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and is it a cult? – (laughs) That’s a really good question. It depends on who you ask.
– Yeah. – Oh, Marie Kondo. If I love these headphones, I should put it against your heart and ah, I love these headphones. I don’t like the word
minimalism, because it’s an -ism. (organ synth music) – Minimalism. – Minimalism. – Minimalism. – Minimalism. – The Google Dictionary
defines minimalism as a trend in sculpture and painting that arose in the 1950. Nope, that’s not it. Definition number two, an avant-garde movement
in music that could. No, that’s not it either. I’m talking about that
trend that’s happening. Tiny houses, blogging about backpacking, blogging about vlack
packing, living out of vans, Marie Kondo, “Tidying Up”. It’s everywhere these days. More like maximalism, you
know what I mean? (laughs) Ugh, sorry. All right. In this video, we’re gonna figure out why people like it so much. But first, we gotta define it, ’cause it’s kinda hard to figure out what the definition is. These two popular podcasting dudes, who call themselves The Minimalists have a definition of
minimalism on their website, a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important, so you can find happiness,
fulfillment, and freedom! And this guy, Matt
D’Avella made a documentary about those two dudes called “Minimalism,” a documentary about the important things. And he is a minimalist
himself, and a YouTuber. (grunts) YouTubers, you know what I mean? We should stop looking at
each other’s schedules. – Yeah, dude. I’ve noticed that two or three times where we come out with
the same exact video within a couple days of each other. I told you that’s ’cause
I tapped your phone line. – Right, yeah. You say you’re a minimalist, right? – That’s how I introduce
myself to everybody– – Yeah, everybody you meet, the first thing you say.
– Yeah – It looks clutter-free over there, right? Looks pretty good? – It looks pretty good! I see like one or two
things on every shelf. This is what I do, I just, I’m like up-and-coming Marie Kondo. The idea with minimalism is just to be very intentional with the things that you bring into your life. So it often starts with the stuff. Is it something worth keeping? But I think it also can be applied to other areas of your
life, like relationships. If you have toxic relationships, you can certainly be
intentional about those. – So what if I do have a lot
of stuff I don’t care about? What’s the harm? – If having a cluttered home and having stuff all over
the place all the time does not bother you or
your significant other, which i think is important to mention, I’m from the perspective of that’s great. I’m not gonna go to your house, and take your stuff away from you. I think that people have this kind of reaction to minimalism. It can sound a little bit intimidating. – Therefore I have a plan
to workshop a solution. The term itself elicits
the wrong idea sometimes, so I came up with a list
of different terms for it. – Oh great! – Intentional liver? How does that sound to you? – It sounds like, uh, like a body part. – Is that so bad? – Not really, no. – Happiness from things detacher – (laughs) is that all
one word or is that– – Well, you could
hyphenate it if you want– – From a branding perspective,
you got some problems. It’s hard to remember because
I’ve already forgotten it. – You’ll have the same problem
with the next one which is Thing Thinker Abouter. (laughs) Enough-ist. – Enoughist. (laughs) That’s cute I like that!
(bell dinging) – Just in case you still don’t understand what minimalism is, here are a few more attempts to define it from two of my three favorite
people, me and my wife. The third favorite is Ada, our daughter, but I was unable to get a hold of her publicist for an interview. Anyway! Removing the clutter in your life so that you discover what you truly value – Having everything you need that adds value to your life and nothing more. – All right, all right, all right all right, all right. Definitions made. Now let’s start a list of reasons why people like minimalism. First, we’re going to start with a few very practical, concrete, hit the side of your hand
onto your other hand, reasons. – I am first and foremost an aesthetic minimalist. I like furniture with clean lines, I don’t like a ton of
like bold, bright colors, trinkets and tchotchkes, unless they make me feel really happy – One, aesthetically pleasing. It’s just a personal taste kind of thing. You’ll find all sorts of
minimalism porn all over the Pintrest-sphere, the
Insta-blams and the You-tubs. It just looks nice to some people. That’s it, simple. Two, it just friggin’ saves space. A few years, ago I followed
a couple of engaging online personalities through their minimalism journey, and this was a big part of it. Again, it was me and my wife. We went through a phase where we got rid of a lot of stuff. I wrote a goal, declutter physical stuff. It is improving our lives. Right, Chyna? – [Chyna] oh yeah! – It reduces stress! Often, we keep things around just in case, as a reminder of something
that we’re going to do later. Then, it eventually becomes a reminder that we are not doing
the thing we want to do. Like say you want to take up sewing, and you buy a sewing machine
and then you never use it and then you look at it and you’re like, “Oh, I wish I sewed more,
but I don’t have time” – [Chyna] We were living
in a really small apartment it didn’t seem like we
had that much stuff, but we really did. – [Craig] Hot cocoa, best
by December 14th, 2012! – [Chyna] Hot cocoa, best
by December 5th, 2012. We’re getting rid of this ottoman here. Bought it before we
moved to this apartment, and I liked it in our last apartment, but it doesn’t fit in this apartment because our living room
is only seven feet wide. – [Craig] Oh. – Thank you. Thank you for
being a good ottoman, I guess. – Now that we live in a
house that we bought… – I want basically everything that we own to have a place that it
can go to be put away. If all the closets in our home and all the drawers and all
the cabinets are filled, then we don’t have room for more stuff. – Three, this is a big one, and we’re gonna be on this
one for a little while, helps remind you what matters. Not just minimizing
what you have, it’s also minimizing what you want,
according to Matt D’Avella. – I had to get the house, I had to get the car so then I could prove to everybody else and
also to prove to myself that I was successful, that I had done something with my life. When I found out about minimalism, it was this wake-up call like, hey you don’t have to do that, you could choose to be content and choose to be happy right now. I had a family that cared about me, I had really challenging work, I wasn’t making tons of money but I had a lot to be
thankful for and grateful for and if I was unhappy that was just myself getting in my own way. – But there’s also extreme
versions of minimalism that can help you get
perspective during tough times. These are the sexy ones,
the ones that are you know, a crazy story that you tell
people around the water, do people talk about around
water coolers anymore? Maybe the kombucha spout? It’s sort of a way to reset. The Minimalists themselves,
one of them anyway, went through a divorce I think. It’s true, in 2009, sadly, his mother died and he went through a
divorce in the same month. This caused him to question
everything in his life and to completely start over. And this guy James Altucher
from the beginning of the video who said this. – I don’t like the word minimalism because it’s an -ism. – He’s an entrepreneur,
blogger, podcaster, author guy who was in my home buying video wearing the same clothes
because I interviewed him about both things in one sitting. Well he went through a very crazy journey. – But I’ll describe
what I did and you could tell me if it’s minimalist or not. Several years ago I called
someone who helps me with a lot of errands. Her name’s Lisa. And I said “I’m going away for a week. “Go to my house, throw everything out. “Keep it, give it away, sell it, “whatever you want.” My last marriage had ended
and it was a good way for me to just not have to
think about too many things. I go on a trip to California. I only had one carry-on bag with me. She told me later it
took her all seven days. She had to rent an 18-wheeler truck. Her whole family, husband,
two teenage kids, and all her nephews, every day, go to my house. The police were constantly
circling the block. She threw everything out. I land back in New York and
I really do have nothing. So I stay at an Airbnb, then I stay in another
Airbnb, and another. If I ever bought anything, I had to throw something
out that was in my bag. That’s how I lived for almost four years. That sounds like minimalism. – And did it work? – Yeah I mean sometimes people say to me, “Oh, you must have been so happy, “you must have felt so free.” No, not really, I missed things. I threw out things that I missed. Happiness is not the only good emotion. You can’t feel that all the time or else there’s no value in earning it. I don’t like being happy every day. Isn’t it nice on like a foggy day, drizzle pelting the
window, and you’re thinking about when your children,
when they were kids, and you don’t really have
those mementos anymore, you just have memories. And you feel melancholy. That’s not necessarily a bad feeling. We’ve demonized it to be bad. I didn’t feel depressed though and I didn’t feel angry at myself. I didn’t regret anything. And I felt less anxiety. It wasn’t like I was hopeless, I was very functional and productive but just this area of my life, I kind of needed to take a break. – But I know a lot of
you are probably thinking but it also sounds expensive. – Some of the Airbnbs were cheaper per day than the apartment I’m living in now and some of them were more expensive. People say, oh, is it
expensive to eat out? Not necessarily. When you cook a lot, well you have to buy all the dishes, all sorts
of cooking equipment, time going grocery shopping,
extra spices, snacks and other stuff that you
never truly finished. My grandfather willed me his coriander and it’s still not empty! I didn’t buy a car, I didn’t
have to buy any furniture. I just look around this place. I had to buy things. I had to buy lots of little things to recreate my life to
become an adult again. I only buy things I love now. When I remember as a kid I
loved playing arcade games so I bought my favorite arcade game. I remember I loved that book and I love to reread books, so I’ll buy this book now. I got sick of reading digitally. It has to be something I
really really want and love or else my gut instinct
now is to say no to all the barrage of advertisements
raining down on us. – Now I actually found a
lot of his story inspiring and relatable but I’m part
of the core demographic. Now here’s the part of the
video where we complicate the idea of minimalism. Ahh, nuance.
(distorted low pitched moan) Why can’t there be a
perfect solution that solves 100% of the problems
for 100% of the people 100% of the time! It’s time to acknowledge
the next thing on the list for why people like minimalism. That’s an irrelevant question, bucko, liking’s got nothing to do with it. They have to do it or they can’t. Tiny homes have become really popular. Popular videos on YouTube about people living out of their vans. I don’t think that’s just because they’ve had some sort of awakening and they’re trying to discover who they are. It’s also money. – Why in the heck do you
live in a van, Jannelle? Long story short, basically, it’s just because I
don’t want to pay rent. – For me it was more like
a financial decision. I think this is just a way for people to survive and to get ahead. – We come from a place of privilege. We don’t need to hold on to certain things because we can afford to replace them if we find need of them again. – Minimalism tries to encourage
buying more valuable items you can keep for a long
time but some people can’t even afford them. – There are certainly a lot of people who can see the negative in minimalism, is that it’s a first-world
problem that it’s like “oh my god poor you, you’ve
got too much stuff” (laughs) and I understand why
people might think that but at the same time it’s
like really at the core of it we’re trying, anybody who’s
practicing minimalism is just trying to find
happiness for themselves and for their families. – Okay, to complicate it
even further let’s move to the next thing on the list, something that James said
at the end of his story that’s relevant here. – My gut instinct now is to
say no to all the barrage of advertisements raining down on us. – Five, fight mindless consumerism. – The impulse to get away from mindless consumerism is always gonna be healthy. – Whoa another person, who’s that?! – Chelsea Fagan, founder and host of the personal finance blog
and vlog, The Financial Diet. And she was also in my
home buying video wearing the same clothes because
I interviewed her about both things in the same sitting. – People feel rightly disgusted by the throwaway consumerism
that surrounds them in basically every choice
they make every day. – One-click shopping, Black Friday consumerism
has grown every single year and continues to do so. – Personally I hate people in companies telling me what to do,
which is why I fight it by talking to a bunch of
people about what I should do and putting it together
in a video to tell you what to do. And pay for it with
advertising and a sponsor later in this video. – Ugh,
(fog horn blows) working within a system to
critique that very system is complicated
(sad trombone descending) and the irony isn’t lost on me but I’m doing the very best I can, ahh! Okay let’s move on from that
and complicate it further. Six, it’s trendy and an
entertaining challenge. – Most of the minimalist
influencers, they’re internet creators. They have to stand out. Rise to the top of, you
know, search results, proving how good you
are, how far you can go, show their living room
with like three items in it and talk about how they
live on almost nothing, which is entertaining, I guess, and which is a cool lifestyle. But it’s extremely
inaccessible to most people. – True! Though I think a lot of minimalist influencers’
intentions are good. It is entertaining and fun
to see how far you can go and I don’t know if
that’s necessarily useful. That isn’t everybody but it is
a reason to like minimalism. Hopefully not the only
reason for some people. Moving on. Number seven, it fixes
environmental and economic problems. About 100 corporations
are responsible for around 70% of carbon emissions. Obviously some of their
activities are going to be driven by our consumer choices, but a lot of what they
do and don’t do are going to be more based on
things like regulations and the kind of incentives
that are imposed on them. – How much effect an individual’s
or a movement’s actions have is up for debate. Nice civil debate in the comments. I personally believe that
an individual’s actions can help. A little bit of help
is a little bit of help and it could lead to a big a bit of help as long as we remember that
it’s not the only answer. – So minimalism provides
a really self-contained, clear-cut answer that makes you feel like you’ve achieved something, which you have, but also feels like you’ve done the work. – When there’s more and
different work to be done. Okay moving on to the last reason. Eight, it’s kind of the
way you are, or whatever. Now in the past I have acquired
things that I didn’t need but not that many and that’s because I’m not that sentimental about things except for a few. Like this eagle I got from
the crash course series I did. I like to punch.
(thuds) And this painted glass rainbow art that I won in a festival. Minimize this, Murdock!!
(maniacal laughing) (coughing) But more crucially why
I don’t acquire things, I hate shopping, never liked it. I just want to stay home
and play video games and watch TV shows that I
download from the internet and hide from a box in my house. That’s kind of where I’m at
with minimalism right now. We don’t really think about
it, we’ve just developed habits of acquiring things we need or want, and getting rid of stuff we don’t. And overall just trying to be
less wasteful, like all the challenges I’ve been going through. The minimalist phase we
went through years ago just helped us develop what
we consider good habits. The idea of minimalism is
very healthy and very good for a certain group of people (laughs) but it’s also not a universal thing and I don’t think anyone
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100 thoughts on “Why do People Like Minimalism?

  • Used to work 60 HR weeks have a mortgage on retrace wheel now rent 1 bed apartment work 30 HR weeks don't consume have a life. sick of paying tax to get screwed over when working. Life for living. Like minimal friends minimal goods minimal work hours and minimal outgoings. Won't ever go back to other lifestyle

  • I totally disagree with James's take on food, primarily because what you put into your body is essential and to rely on take out everyday is to give away one key responsibility. You are what you eat y'all. Plus most food establishments aren't necessarily concerned about your long term health.

  • 0:33 I don't care if you're trying to be minimalist, having empty shelves is silly. Either put stuff on the shelves or don't have shelves.

  • Living in shacks and trailers aka "tiny houses" so that you can spend less money on rent is not cool.
    What is cool is joining a Maoist militia and executing landlords so that you can spend no money on rent.

  • Think its more about setting a policy that agrees with one , I Have a Rule & a Policy ( rule everything i put away at all times to an assigned Location & all My Environment Policy wise is based on having to work for it, its not convenient , nor does it always save one time but it does make one work for it which tends to make up for those trade offs ( Like example I Have a Remote for my TV but i Dont use it – Now take that concept & applies it to literately every interaction u have to make & Negotiate with yr environment whether like it or not , after a while u love it & get used to having to work for it, i have one bin & one bin only for example if its not convenient to bad go to the bin. however its a Policy within Polices as in i make it work for me once i got use to it find smart ways to not Avoid the Policy But brain comes up with ways due to restriction in which to take advantage of it like since i'm on my way to the Bin i can Do XYZ etc . Try it Rocks (( its like a Minimalist that keeps things of value only but has no limit like a minimalist but theres only so much need anyway if yr smart & besides u have to work for it. & the Environment is a process in what goes in to environment has to go through customs basically a Bucket Container & it has to be Installed into the Environment based on Policy & Value & Scale of my lifes purposes & also Acknowledge it so it becomes accustomed as one is allowing it to reside so u & it better get on with one another which should based on policy's etc but work it in like a new pair of Shoes play Around with it etc. So I install things & when i have Downtime I also Have Uptime ( in which isnt work its Uploading my Downtime ( Example Aggregating Youtube Videos to Load Up for downtime ) .

  • So minimalism is mainly for spoiled white men who have enough money to have a lot of space and not need to plan for the future or worry about how much things cost. Got it.

  • once you find what what type of minimalism and how u deal with it works for you, it’s not that stressful. it only gets a bit stressful for me when my mom and sister buy things they absolutely don’t need and end up just making clutter that i have to deal with because i’m the cleaner of the house, but i learned that i don’t have to carry the burden of their things, so i just clean and live my way around their non-minimalist choices. but really everyone has a different version of minimalism based on their lives. but at the end of the day it’s all about being intentional.

  • I love the idea of minimalism. At least I love the idea of minimalism I have in my head at this moment. Every time I read or watch something about the topic it changes my view of it. Not necessarily in a bad way just deepens my understanding of what it is. It's different for everyone. I also love that Chelsea Fagan is in this video. I've been obsessed with her for a while. Not obsessed like stalkerish but you know what I mean LOL all in all great video. Very educational and insightful.

  • At its core, I think minimalism is about not buying what you don't need. I realized that I was being minimalist by default by allowing things to wear out before I bought another (computers, coats, etc). I think it's just a natural by-product of not overconsumming, and somebody just decided to call it "minimalism" as if the natural default should be overconsumption. 😉 I'm minimalist by default as a vegan because I'm not a cook, and I'm intentionally minimalist in other areas of my life as a means of saving money. You can never go wrong by being minimalist, unless in your haste you get rid of things you regret later (which I've done 😒)
    Thanks, as always, for the entertaining video, Craig. Btw..I missed the parents! xx

  • Well, minimalism isn’t just getting rid of everything you own so you only have like twenty items in your house lmao. It’s keeping only what you really like so you don’t have a super cluttered space, or getting rid of everything, but not just the latter,

  • How many peeps watching the video and waiting for Mama and Papa Wheezy to show up ? It feels incomplete without em

  • Cause we all in the struggle ! Duh 🤣🤣🤣
    Jk for me because the idea of focusing on more life quality seems ideal even if one isn’t really doing that

  • I never subscribed to this channel (because I'm a enoughist content consumer, only subscribed to 6 channel) but whenever I came across to one of his videos, it never fails to give me a good laugh. XDD

  • When I was little being rich meant having a headboard and a four door car. Let's just say, it's good to be rich 😉

  • I love the though of living with less, but I also love stuff. Right now trying to find a good middling point where I don't hold on to uncecessary items but also have the space for things I love and that bring me (wait for it) joy. Hopefully it will go alright whatever happens

  • Idk, I might be wrong but personally, I opt to choose to life a minimalistic life because I’m sick of the excessive consumerism that doesn’t bring me happiness, I’m sick and tired of people masking their unhappiness with one-self (talking for myself and from my experience with the people I met) with material stuff

  • I hadn't thought of the KonMari method as part of minimalism because I do associate that word with "a living room with one chair and a lamp and nothing else" kind of mindset and her tidying is about "keep what makes you happy even if its 100 pairs of shoes" But I do see how it applies in the breakdown you had in the beginning of the video.

  • "Minimizing what you want" That's so hard for me! I can get rid of stuff all day, but its stopping my self from wanting the stuff that's hard…and when you want the stuff then you get the stuff then you have too much of the stuff…it's a viscous cycle 😥😓😔

  • Enoughist. I like it. I'm going through this right now. We've been in the same condo for 15 years and I'm just over the stuff. I want to get rid of as much as possible so cleaning is easier. Stuff has always stressed me out a bit because my father is a hoarder. I've never been a hoarder but it's amazing what a person can accumulate even without attachment to things or a love for shopping.

  • Minimalism safe a lot of money. I can put aside up to $ 600 in month. Because I do not buy things that are just lying around anyway. People are quickly bored and urgently need to spend money on things. Minimalism can safe the world 😁

  • I do enjoy clearing out junk I don't like anymore or haven't used. I think I like the feeling of more space in my home. I also really like clever housing designs – I want a table that's hidden in my floor or wall because I only use it for a fraction of time but it takes up space all the time. I hate the wasted space in the air of my house (I want to put in a mezzanine floor or something) even though if I know I put stuff there, it will then feel claustrophobic and cluttered.

    Re: Tiny Houses – I think sometimes it won't be minimalism, it will be people who are desperate for a place of their own, but can't afford anything bigger. Caravans aren't well designed and tend to have a bit of a depressing 'look' to them. But Tiny Houses are basically caravans that look fancy inside and out, that people might feel like can really be homes. It seems both achievable and enviable – a lifestyle choice rather than 'all I could afford'.

  • I’ve been interested in this topic and what drives people to it. I think the common thread I have seen at ground zero is money. The people are having financial struggles and they can’t make their life work so there are only two basic ways to solve financial issues and that is to either spend less or make more. Most people don’t go the route to make more money because it is the harder of the two to figure out. Therefore just spending less or living in your van is hard to explain to people so coming up with a label that sounds like a noble cause feels better than explaining you are having financial struggles. I personally haven’t seen many stories from people who lived extremely comfortably financially and had high levels of job and life satisfaction just decide to become extreme minimalist. This may be a bad comparison but many people who become religious all of a sudden is a result of something negative and dramatic that has happened to them. I think extreme minimalism is the same and the drama many times revolves around money problems. Great video.

  • Simple lifestyles are not a new trend. It’s just new and trendy on YouTube.
    Younger people who think this is something new weren’t around for the hippy communes of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
    People have been doing the backwoods log cabin thing for hundreds of years.
    I love how everyone thinks that if it’s on YouTube that it’s new and they are pioneers.

  • Hahhahahahah shiiit man the 'maximalism' joke was just excellent hahaha ohh man if I had thought about it before I'd have used it for a stand up comedy show

  • I'm a minimalist because I can't afford to buy stuff that I don't need (sometimes even the stuff I may need, but whatever 😀 ).

  • it’s anti capitalistic.if you are on the left choosing minimalism makes a lot of sense. for example, choosing to build a movement around anti consumerism and self-sustaining mechanisms of survival is a way to protest and opt out of the power of institutions. one can argue these institutions are often oppressive and harmful

  • I'm watching that today.. After getting rid of all of the furniture in my room.. And sleeping now in the floor.. With a bags of clothes..😂
    #literally

  • I'm a minimalist who went to school for fine arts after doing 3 semesters of architecture. I'd say a minimalist is someone who designs or creates, in any field, with the elements and principles without exceeding or going too far past a structural basis or function the space/project needs to serve.
    In art, music, architecture and interior design we a structural basis and elements and principles of design. You can have a very decorative, artistic home, without filling it with furniture and clothes. A shelter, or living/working structure, is a foundation, floor, walls and ceiling. You can design the shit out of a place with just these. For modernist architecture, we have form over function. Function can be considered a design element. A barn, a home, an office will end up appearing different because of their functions, and that can be considered very artistic. If you disagree, I don't care. You can have a different view. There are no absolutes here, and sometimes there's barely a consensus.

  • I reject the "wokeness" of minimalism. I would rather purchase or use something to its maximum potential and at the same time learn how it operates and make it better over time. You buy a car. You drive it as long as you can and modify to keep it "new" but doing so teaches you more about exhaust systems, electrical systems, etc…

    We need balance in life. Too much minimalism or too much consumerism is not good in the long run.

  • Can I just take a second to say Chyna's eyebrows are looking AMAZING! Gurl, your face is beautiful. Those eyebrows paired with your sleek frames, just the whole package… I'm loving it!

  • The minimalists I know chuck everything out and if they need it later on they re-buy it…so basically it's more wasteful in that regard.

  • Minimalism is different for everyone. Simply cleaning out the useless stuff in your basement or a few closets is a type of Minimalism. In doing so you may realize how much you buy that was a senseless purchase and that itself is progress.

  • I really love what James speaks about in not demonising the sad and melancholy feelings that we are gifted in our human experience on the piano keys of human feeling.. its important to be able to meet all of these different feelings and experiences in life, to wrap ourselves in compassion around our human experience… otherwise we spend our whole life running from feeling states because we are afraid of them, which really just prevents us from genuine growth, maturity, wisdom… not to mention, that when you can dissolve the preference against your own feelings… they are simply just feelings that pass through your system. I have found that there can be joy in sadness as much as happiness, when I committed to wearing down my own objection to life based upon some learned arrogance.

  • You probably know about this buuuuut, Living Big in a Tiny House is a youtubs channel where Bryce visits people all around the world who have moved into tiny homes for various reasons. After watching a lot of the videos, the most consistent reasons seems to be cost and freedom. Life is getting very expensive. House prices, rent, student loans, food prices is going up, petrol, the list goes on. So a small house means less square footage, less money to spend on heating, lighting, less space for stuff means you can't just keep buying more stuff. It means more money in the pocket to do stuff now, instead of when you're retired, like travel and so on. It's appealing but it needs complete buy in from both people in a relationship and realistically it doesn't work for families as they always end up needing more space.

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