Minimization: to lessen something to the smallest possible degree or amount. Or, it could be defined as: the action of making something seem to be less imperative or smaller than it actually is. Today, we are going to focus on the first definition that is utilized for minimization.
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How does minimization have to do with human beings’ every day lives? Well, the answer is simple. As Talita Hupal, a friend of the writer of this article and furthermore apartment renter states, “Less is fancy.” What is meant by this quote is that if that if there is less clutter in an environment- that is elegant. In a sense, there is more organization. For example, there may be some well-off individuals financially that desire to have three times as many kitchen cups as a person who is not as financially stable. However, it is more classy if a human being has basically enough-not too much or little; merely the required amount. In addition, if an individual is purchasing a less amount of something that is needed in their place- then he or she is going to be more mindful of what they are purchasing.
Having a lot of space can be a trap-instead of a help. If a human being has more space, they they are going to feel obligated to fill it more. So, having less space in a home, could be beneficial. Getting rid of sentimental items is also an issue. I, for one, find tremendous difficulty in throwing away old homework from elementary school. Even though the homework takes up space, I find meaning in the work and furthermore it brings back memories.
In the book, “The Joy of Less,” it is demonstrated how minimizing a person’s ‘stuff’ will aid to lessen the amount of stress in their lives. The book takes the reader on a journey through each room in the house and helps them minimize step by step. An example of a way to utilize minimization in your own life is to keep all surfaces in the home clear. Nothing on the counters, tables, etc. This way, it becomes easier and more effective when it comes time to clean.
As young adults and college students, many are faced with the reality of being in charge of the upkeep of more space for the first time in their lives. Throughout many college students lives growing up in the United States, they depend on their families for food, clothing and shelter. Therefore, it is not up to them about whether they would live in a small or big place.
One of the numerous new beginnings in young adulthood is taking responsibility of where the person lives. Whether the individual is living on a college campus in a dorm room single, sharing a room with a roommate, living off campus renting a place, or being at home with their families- they have a new responsibility on their shoulders. Keeping organized is not in the least bit easy at first. However, once practiced and successfully executed, it becomes a normal routine. I have a friend that is a young adult that lives at home. This friend of mine is in college, but prefers to take online courses instead of attending a regular institution. My friend growing up did not need to worry about keeping her room clean and doing laundry. However, now as a young adult, more is expected of her. She makes certain to try to keep as minimal items as possible in her bedroom. In addition, to only clean clothes that are evidentially dirty. Many teenagers do not think about this sort of ‘stuff.’ Therefore, it is a new phenomena for young adults. I recommend minimization not only for young adults, but for human beings of all ages as well.
Arielle Joselson is a student at Purchase College, State University of New York. Arielle’s major is Communications with a minor in Psychology. She loves reading, writing, animals and stepping up! Arielle is so excited to be a part of the Step Up team.