Does A Minimalist Lifestyle Breed Laziness?

Are Minimalist's Hust Lazy?I have been thinking a lot recently about what baggage I am carrying around in my life, physical and mental. The lure of the completely minimalist lifestyle calls out to me and sounds like a nice way to be. No hassle, no worries, just me, myself and I, doesn’t it sound wonderfully fulfilling (and mildly selfish)? I have been growing towards a more minimalist approach to life for a few years now so I am getting there one lighter step at a time.

But minimalism is a big step….

After canceling all your extra expenses, getting rid of all your possessions and pretty much emptying your life of stuff that was consuming time, money or brainpower, what are you actually going to do with all that found time and money and headspace? Why bother doing anything? Hell, why not cut back to minimal/no work too and just spend more time relaxing and doing nothing?

These thought processes enter my head when thinking about minimalism. Sure I want some nice savings, I want to be debt free and I want a few nice things but once I have all that what is the point of working my ass off for no real objective, nothing big to buy or own. No aspirations to fill my life with pointless mental clutter either! That’s the minimalist’s objective , right?

Is minimalism just laziness?

I’m thinking that working hard to be minimal may well lay the foundations for me to become a very lazy person. For this reason total minimalism isn’t really an ideal place for me to end up. I need something to head for, some struggle of some sort to keep me on my toes and to keep my eyes open.

I love the ideals but like most ideals I probably should strive to fall just short of them. As an eternal wannabe minimalist rather than a fully enlightened minimalist I will have the fire to keep me running and moving and stop lethargy from settling in….. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey that matters?

So are true minimalists just lazy, quitting on a life that is supposed to be hard? Could it even be considered lazy if you worked so hard to get there?

What is your take in minimalism?

Here are some other posts on minimalism from fellow Yakezie PF Group members: Planting Dollars gives us 7 Reasons You Should Consider Living a Minimalist Lifestyle. Ultimate Money Blog asks Is it More Frugal to be a Minimalist or a Hoarder? Early Retirement Extreme talks about Minimalist Inspirations and The Girl With The Red Balloon shows us her Minimalist Underwear Drawer.

80 thoughts on “Does A Minimalist Lifestyle Breed Laziness?”

  1. I don’t think it necessarily breeds laziness; I mean this is what is typically most people’s attitudes towards retirement, right? No job, no mortgage, no possessions to worry about, just sitting around playing golf or backgammon all day, etc. For a lot of people who’ve spent doing things they hate for money their entire life, it’s appealing. But I think that human beings (for the most part) are still goal oriented, so even if you’re not going after some career or business, you’d probably get bored pretty quick of just sitting around all day. At least I would; but I’m naturally antsy. :) I don’t ever want to retire as long as I’m enjoying what I’m doing.

    I think the people who are fortunate to have both the possessions AND a career/business that they love feel that way; that the possessions are just a by-product of their doing what they love. A means to an end, but not the end itself.

    I guess in the end it depends on what’s important to you and I would certainly never begrudge somebody living this kind of lifestyle if that’s what made them happy.

    -B

    1. Excellent comment Blair, I certainly don’t begrudge minimalists that is for sure, this post was slightly tongue in cheek in many ways :)…. I will always aspire to be a minimalist but will never fully reach it because i do love certain things like a few gadgets. However I am de-cluttering a hell of a lot and have found that the stress it relieves gives time for more important matters…. Also more R&R really helps you focus on those important things.

      Thanks very much for taking time to comment.

  2. You could choose to let yourself become lazy if you follow a minimalist lifestyle. But I don’t think the two go hand-in-hand. A minimalist lifestyle means you don’t need many “things” — but there is time to enjoy your life. You can make charitable contributions, donate your time, and pick up hobbies that don’t require a lot of money.

    And with minimalism, “less” is the goal — so while it’s not an exact goal, it is something to strive for.
    .-= Rainy-Day Saver´s last blog ..Saving Money on My Commute =-.

    1. Thanks, I totally agree :), as mentioned above this post was mildly tongue in cheek / devils advocate to get people’s thoughts on the matter :)….. Many people view those who chose to do less as lazy when in fact it’s likely in many cases these are the people doing more good for the world…. As you say minimalism gives you more time for the good stuff.

  3. You’re right in saying minimalism does take work when you’re striving for it. I’m torn between the commercial world I’ve been raised in and the minimalist ethics I’ve come to believe in. I honestly do believe in them, but I have to take it one step at a time because needing stuff and consuming stuff has just become normal in our culture. And that does take hard work – but I never even thought about what it would be like if I ever reach that goal in mind.

    But I think I agree with rainy day saver. You might not need stuff but you still always find ways to enrich your life and make sure your time isn’t wasted. Volunteering is a big part of what I’d like to do, plus raising a family which I’m sure is a lot of work!
    .-= Ruth – Web Career Girl´s last blog ..Feeling the Strain But Sticking to My Goal =-.

    1. Hey Ruth, we follow a very similar path… When I look back on my old life and the way I used to be it amazes me how far I have come. I used to earn loads of money and have loads of stuff… Now I earn relatively little money and really don’t have a whole lot, just a few gadgets that I love! I am a semi minimalist and I spend very little…. but I am much happier. My eventual plan is to allow my passive income to minimalise my work so I can give back to the world through some kind of charitable work or projects.

  4. Money and possessions are not the only motivators for getting things done and working your ass off.

    Also, if you’re a lazy person with a lot of stuff, you’ll probably be a lazy person when you get rid of it all. If you are a go-getter now, you’ll probably be a go-getter when you get rid of your stuff.

    You don’t magically change into someone else when you get rid of all your stuff (I know…we’ve just finished a 2-year process of doing that).

    Last, there is a lot to be said for relaxing and doing nothing (or what appears to be nothing). Isn’t that why most people look forward to vacation? :)

    1. Betsy pretty much nailed it!

      Some of the most passionate, hard-working social justice advocates I know are minimalists. I don’t know if the two go hand in hand, but it’s amazing the kind of money and energy that can be freed up to make positive changes in the world when you’re not mired in buying crap.
      .-= ConsciouslyFrugal´s last blog ..Tuesday’s Tip: The Oil-Cleansing Method =-.

      1. Hey Aldra, my real goal is to reach this state of being able to use my energy for the right thing :)… As I mentioned in the first reply to Blair, I am sure it’s the minimalists doing the most good for the worlds. Straight away you use less resources and then there is the ethics that generally goes with the mindset.

    2. Absolutely Betsy, you have nailed it there! Luckily i don’t actually consider myself lazy and money is not my motivation, plus I own very little and earn relatively little… I am an almost minimalist. I hope one day when finances are more automated I can spend my time helping the world…. Cliche I know but that’s what I want :)

  5. That’s funny, Rainy Day Saver brought up the same point that I was going to. Once you reach the point where you no longer have to work for your own needs, you can make others’ lives richer. Volunteering and donating are always good, but you could also devote time to helping others accomplish other goals without having to worry about being compensated for it. You can help others to declutter their lives and sort out their budgets, or perhaps teach high school students how to cook healthy vegetarian meals.

    We’re all naturally selfish, but very few people would argue with the fact that helping others is always more fulfilling than helping ourselves anyway.
    .-= WordVixen´s last blog ..Lori’s 1 Day Diet =-.

    1. Hey Lori, I don’t actually think we all are naturally selfish. I think a capitalist society breeds that. Not all good deeds are done to fuel our own ego’s either (Unless your name is Bono).

      I agree completely with everyone’s comments here, was just playing devils advocate a bit :).

  6. I could never be a true minimalist b/c I love the warmth of things that make a home. But I think the point of minimalism is not to make things an idol — or to make acquiring things an idol — in a way that you’re sacrificing time, energy, money and health in the pursuit and maintenance of stuff while forgoing what’s really important to you.

    But hey, some of that stuff may be really important to you! And part of the means to an end: learning a new skill; enjoying your free time; things that provide entertainment for you and friends and family…

    1. I think it is possible to be minimalist and still carry around home comforts, as you say it’s about not idolizing in many ways… Personally I am aspiring to having very little, my partner get’s a little frustrated that I am happy to have white walls and no furniture so I am happy to decorate a bit…. but when we move hopefully we will gives this stuff away or sell it and we won’t miss it.

      I have a few important objects but they tend to stay locked away at my mum’s house. As for important subjects, people, causes to me they are endless and luckily can be carried around in my brain.

    1. Hey Leslie, I agree completely…. As I mentioned in a few replies I was playing Devil’s Advocate with this post…. I will continue to aim towards minimalism for the reasons you mention :). I want time to do the things that matter!

  7. No, minimalism and laziness are not necessarily related at all. A zen monk may be anything but lazy, chopping wood and fetching water and meditating all day, but would be minimalist.

    In fact, I think one can be most productive and *make a positive difference in the world* once you pare away a lot of the nonsense and clutter of the normal western life. Have a small and sufficient wardrobe, belongings, circle of friends. As for the rest, as Voltaire said, “Tend your garden”.

    You can be a minimalist juggernaut.

    1. Thanks CM, I love the aspect you brought to the comments.

      In some ways minimalism is likely to make you more busy I guess. You are likely to cook everything from scratch, shop through many local outlets and enjoy living rather than consuming.

  8. Hello!

    I have been leaning towards a more simplistic life lately, and even read Possum Living (though was not very impressed). But I can relate to what you are saying–I am a very productive person, and when it’s time to relax, I want to tackle something new. In this sense, it may be quite difficult for me to get to a certain point of minimalism…but the way that I see it is that with a minimalist lifestyle, I will have more time to challenge myself and to do the things that I want to.
    .-= Amanda L. Grossman´s last blog ..Editor’s Pick for Festival of Frugality =-.

    1. Hey Amanda,

      I agree, the real goal is finding time for the things that matter, possessions and unnecc life additions get in the way of all this.

  9. Hi Forest, I’m probably a bit like you, in that I’m not the biggest consumer in the world, but I do like the odd gadget. The trouble I’m finding at the moment is that a lifetime’s worth of those possessions mount up and eventually become a millstone around your neck. When you want to move on in life and do something else, you have all this “stuff” to get rid of.

    So I take the opposite view to the question you posed. Minimalism can actually help you be dynamic, it’s possessions that can make you lazy.

    Great question, and some excellent comments you’ve brought out!
    .-= Des @ Affiliate Progress´s last blog ..Marketing – Should You Compromise Your Values? =-.

    1. Hey Des, absolutely they do pile up! Having stuff makes excuses to be distracted from your real goals…. If you have not used it in 3 months it’s worth selling I think!

  10. To me, minimalism isn’t about ridding yourself of goals but ridding yourself of the things that matter to you least. When I first began, I canceled all unnecessary expenses – like a monthly tanning bed package I had for years – and got rid of things that I had kept because I thought I *should* keep them. Now, everything I own is something that has meaning to me. And, of course, you can still buy your tech gadgets. ;-) Just buy good quality items that are going to fulfill your life in a meaningful way. You’ll still have the same life goals you had before (if they were important to you for the right reasons), but, like many others have pointed out, you’ll have more time to devote to what you love and less time devoted to cleaning and maintaining a bunch of junk! :) Good luck to you, Forest!
    .-= Red´s last blog ..Honeymoon: Expenses report and photos =-.

    1. Hey Mrs Red, I have been doing it in stages over the years…. I remember starting with magazine subs, then it’s been one thing after another and now I have very little…. I can’t justify throwing out the Xbox just yet even though i use it about once a month!

  11. I look at minimalism mostly from the “stuff” perspective in that I don’t want to spend a significant amount of time working to pay for things that don’t really matter to me. From this one gains time and the ability to do things that are more important than accumulating “stuff.”

    I think it could lure one to become lazy since life is much easier as a minimalist, but I don’t think minimalism is synonymous with lazy. Rather minimalism is attractive because it frees the time to do things that matter more, which hopefully in and of themselves are not lazy ;)
    .-= Ryan @ Planting Dollars´s last blog ..Stop Thinking About Money! =-.

    1. Like pretty much everyone else hinted at laziness is a state of mind minimal or not…. minimal of stuff usually actually signifies focus…. I need to minimalise my website collection so I can fully focus!

    1. Hey Mrs Money, no problem :), We all struggle with that aspect, I think the real queston is…. if I do need such a device can I easily borrow from a friend, rent cheaply or buy second hand and resell…. Most times you can borrow items for a short while as long as ll your friends are not minimal too!!!

  12. I’ve always thought that minimalism would be one of the hardest things to achieve in this world. Even once you’ve cleared out things, there is constant work fending off all the people who would otherwise give you stuff you don’t want. And avoiding your own impulses to get things.

    Frankly, I think it’s people like me who are lazy: we let junk pile up and clutter all the time.
    .-= Abigail´s last blog ..Gleeful about Glee =-.

    1. Clutter is often comfort I think, not laziness…. Knowing you have everything you need and hiding in your possessions.

      Living in Egypt helps me escape people throwing stuff they don’t want my way :)

  13. I think that you totally missed the concept behind being a minimalist. The idea is to embrace what is important in life—making the world a place better. In part, I believe it means not focusing on material possessions so much. This is not only ecologically a good concept, but spiritually it is a good one as well.

    1. Hey Anon, this article was largely devil’s advocate and playing off the fear of me possibly becoming lazy myself… I just wanted to put the thought out there to see what others thought :). I fully agree with you, once the clutter is removed you can focus on the things that matter.

    1. I actually think in reality most lazy people could never reach minimalism…. after all it takes a lot of work to get rid of all our clutter!

  14. On the contrary. I think having a minimalist lifestyle is perfect. I think for the most part, busyness, or when other people declare busyness, is laziness in and of itself. A symptom, perhaps.

    I find that when people constantly declare busyness, they’re usually avoiding something important. If one knows what it is, remind them all they want, they’ll mostly just argue to defend that stance of laziness.

    This dragon likes to consider himself a textbook example. Having a minimalist lifestyle I think lacks correlation to laziness in and of itself. I have a very minimalist lifestyle, but I’ve been more motivated than I ever have been in the things I’ve wanted to do in life.

    1. Hey Aury, I agree, the more minimal I get the more focused I become! I just want to reach a point where I have time for focus, time for relaxation (not laziness :) ) and I want to be helpful to the world, not a hinderence.

    1. Hey Sam, I actually think minimalism is really hard for many to achieve as we as a whole are so attached to everything… However it has to be easier when you finally get there.

  15. I don’t think anyone really understands what a minimalist lifestyle is.Because of the current economic situation I am forced into it.As for being lazy,that’s quite the opposite.I don’t have time to be lazy.You don’t have or want to spend money on food so you grow all of it.That’s a full time job on it’s own. If your feeding your family on it,that little garden in your backyard will not do.I have a half acre garden to do by hand because that’s that’s what it takes.I need eggs so I have to raise chickens.Lets not forget milk,I have half a dozen goats for that.Heat come from the woods in the back,so that means cutting and seasoning wood during the summer to burn throughout the winter.All your cleaning products,furniture,ect is usually homemade.I don’t have time to sit around any be lazy, heck I barely have time to go to work for money to pay the mortgage.Being a minimalist is not a lazy lifestyle (of course they make it sound like it is this beautiful easy utopia), It is actually living the way your great great grandparents did.

    1. Hi Rebeired,

      There are two kinds of minimalism I think… The type you aspire to live in, in comfort (which you need a certain amount of money for) and the type you are forced into. I am not the poorest I have ever been but I am not rich so a certain level of minimalism is forced upon me but not to the level that you are doing.

      However what you are doing is choice, in a good way. I really respect you doing what you are doing and fighting through your poverty for yourself. When you start to find better financial positioning you will have lost your dependence on so much that you will be much more comfortable than others around you….. I wish you had time to keep a blog about all the hard work you are doing.

      Many people in your situation descend into complete poverty and don’t even hold a mortgage on a house or a garden. They end up in section housing complaining about everything yet still finding time for McDonalds and more complaining…. You are taking matters into your own hands.

      Thanks very much for your comment, I hope to get more insights from you in the future.

    2. @rebelred I completely disagree.

      If I ask my dad to describe his lifestyle when he grew up on the family farm, I highly doubt he would say “it was a minimal life.” They had animals, tractors, all the materials to process and sell milk, along with a farm house, barns, etc.

      I highly doubt my grandmother said, “I think I will have a life of minimalism” when her husband died leaving her running their dairy farm and three kids.

      The type of minimalism that is being discussed in this article is that of CHOICE. The idea that while you can afford to buy things, you do not but instead live a life with less “things”. Yes, animals and tractors are things too.

      When I was unemployed earlier this year, buying goats, chickens and growing a half acre garden was not a reasonable option in the slightest.
      .-= leslie´s last blog ..Weekend: May 21-23, 2010 =-.

      1. Hey Leslie, thanks for your insight and continuing the discussion within the comments….. That’s why I write these things to get dialog and discussion going :)

  16. I don’t know if it breads laziness. I know A LOT of people who work 9-5 Mon-Fri and are lazy and have no ambition. Corporate floaters I call them. It really is the persons personality I feel.

    I see minimalism as just getting rid of baggage. I remember getting rid of childhood stuff and other “sentimental” things I believed I couldn’t live without; once it was gone I felt this massive weight off my shoulders. Sometimes just the sight of your stuff overwhelms and stresses you.

    Getting rid of stuff allows you to then focus on experiences I believe.

    The problem with the whole “minimalist movement” you read online is that it begins to sound almost arrogant. The whole, “I only own 50 things, look at me!” is a little much.

    I think the true test regardless whether you’re a hoarder or a minimalist is whether you’re challenging yourself to experience life?

    I’d much rather be the guy with the sea-doo, snowmobile, and dirt bike who has the passion to use those “things” every season than the minimalist blogger who lists their socks, jeans, and underwear online like it’s something special.

    I find true inspiration in reading about experiences (not just work), because getting off your ass and living is tough to do sometimes.

    1. Hey Ryan,

      Very cool comment, I totally agree about actually using these items…. And I now need to know what a Sea-Doo is!!!

      This post was written to make people comment and it seems to have done the trick :), really wanted to see what people thought about the whole thing.

      I think I love blogging so much as it allows me to talk and read about experiences but also does allow for the minimalism and lack of geographical location that I longed for.

      As for the arrogance of minimalism, I think some are just arrogant as some are lazy…. It’s dependent on the minimalist. I am likely to st down and list everything I own at some point in the hope of finding what i can get rid of…. Every year it gets less which is good news.

      Thanks very much.

  17. First of all life is not ” supposed to be hard”. Not being a minimalist makes life more complicated for everyone, and its a cycle do more earn more do more earn more….and everyone starts to struggle to keep up with each other. The phrase live simply so that others may simply live is my favorite of all phrases. Its not just about you in this life… what people struggle because of your lifestyle? what animals sacrifice themselves for you life? Being a minimalist is a form of activism. In reverse the more you have the more you want. The less one has BY CHOICE the less we want. If have have nothing come form nothing we want to know what its like to have something…the basic human rights are water food fresh air and shelter. In the garden of eden we had all those things….and the hardest part of life was caring for the harvest. there was no hunting until cain and able, one was a minimalist and the other was not…one was a vegan the other a carnivore. Really you perception of lazy comes from a culture of brainwashing….when you have less to achieve, you have more time to breathe….and so do I. I will not do what it takes to survive if it means other suffer as a result of my lifestyle….sweatshop labor mostly in china…food chain management needs to change if you are growing your own food this is minimalist…but you cant be lazy to grow food takes care…and connection to what you eat and nurturing. To be a minimalist means in this culture of extravagance lots of Hard work its swimming up stream, its the path less trodden, its the hardest thing one can do in this life….let all the illusions you have about lazy and hard work go…using your brain behind a computer isnt exactly what i call work. Its effortless and creates zombies…i know i work behind the computer….but I grew up on a farm..i know what hard work is about. lazy is not enjoying the sunset, taking a nap, or making love. Lazy is misunderstood in this culture because the IRS needs their taxes. beasts of burden life is naturally abundant, we fucked it up. life is supposed to be be fun, playful, and cyclical. work smarter not harder i learned that phrase from a class i took.
    you lazy slave get to work….really?
    I choose not to have to have many things….but because most the world does it forces me to have to have things i wouldn’t ordinarily have….i am losing my freedom to be free, because of people like you who fear the simplicity of life. You project you might not have the desire to do things but until you actually experience for yourself you dont know…you have to actually try it …..not just get your toes wet and say you tried to swim…

    1. Hey Tumbleweed, I think you misunderstood the tone of this post a little….. You have left an excellent comment though and for the most part I 100% agree with you :).

      I may well write a post soon about Minimalism being Activism….

  18. No,

    Minimlism does not make me lazy. In fact, the more I adopt this lifestyle, my energy levels, enthusiasm and productivity have increased dramatically.

    Frankly, when I had more possessions, clutter and general crap, it sucked the energy from me.

    As for arrogance, I felt that way when I owned more. Minimalism has humbled me since I no longer have the desire to allow things to define me.

    I also feel minimalism is different for each of us, as are our individual approaches to it. I see it as a vehicle that allows me to live more, rather one of depravation and denial.

    1. Hey Gil, as I mentioned in many of these comments, I absolutely agree…. Minimalism is personally allowing me to focus.

  19. Not laziness if you get to the point of packing water, and chopping your own wood.
    For most people who walk the route being a minimalist provides much more time and money to pursue interests, hobbies, and activities so they actually become more energetic and less lethargic. Gardening is a good example, lots of bending, pulling, digging, etc.
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    1. Hey Carol, this post was most definitely just playing devil’s advocate :)….. I’m completely in agreement with you, minimalism creates focus as far as I can see.

  20. I think that minimalism allows us to ‘minimize’ all the crap that is not important to us, and be able to focus on what is. And for each person, that focus is different, although I think that a lot of us here, and minimalists in general, have quite a few in common. Things like:
    Time to spend doing the things we love with those that we love. Time to help others in need. Resources to give to others in need. Pursuing a hobby or maybe even turning a hobby into a moneymaker. Volunteering for our church and its various ministries.

    My hubby and I are tired of having to be responsible for so much ‘stuff’. Some of that does include people, to a degree. My kids are all young adult/adult and we look forward to the day when they are all self-sufficient! We do want to be able to help them in the right ways when called for. Tired of having to maintain vehicles and home and yard and electronics and the bills that come along with it.

    Our goal is to reach the point where we can travel and live all around the country, but even so, I can’t imagine us being lazy! We like to joke and say, “we can go get jobs at Home Depot and Walmart if we want to!” It all comes down to the freedom to choose.

    Looking forward to lightening our load!
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    1. Hey Ramblings of a Woman (What’s your real name?),

      Your kids are at that age where you just want them to pack up and leave I see :)…. Well they will be hard work for a few years but I am sure you can get things together with the right attitude, and you seem to have it.

      Thanks.

  21. I don’t have time to clean and you can say that I am a bit lazy. Wiping up a lot of display items to take of dust and fixing clutter is not something that I like doing. Yes, minimalist style is suitable for people who dislike cleaning up a lot of things. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey Almond, I think you hit the nail on the head. It’s about prioritizing. If you enjoy cleaning your vintage teapot set then that is fine…. But if you have better things to do a minimal set up is important!

  22. Laziness is relative. It’s funny that we spend most of our lives attempting to impress others because we fear being referred to as lazy. Whether you are unemployed or work 70 hours a week, the World keeps spinning.

    In America, someone who earns a low wage is generally viewed as lazy, even though they might work 2 or 3 times the amount as someone who earns a high wage.

    Sorry people, but I refuse to spend the majority of my life working hard just to please you. I only require enough money eat and put a roof over my head. After all; life is all about survival. Your “living wage” and current possessions will be mocked in 20 years.

    No one forces us to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t know (which forces us to work harder to maintain our standard of living).

    1. Hi Dan,

      I am with you. Most of the crap we buy (especially as a teen) is because society tells us we are supposed to have it.

      Becoming happy with yourself and finding a minimal balance to life helps you get away from all that.

  23. I guess I’m going to be somewhat of a black sheep.

    I am happiest when I have nothing to do or work towards. I don’t see laziness or lack of ambition as intrinsically “bad.” I would not be so heavily into a minimalist lifestyle if it weren’t for the fact that it enables me to live a low-activity life. I reject the notion that the “good life” necessarily must involve having goals to work towards. Many people are psychologically “wired” to be go-getters and thrive off of having things to work towards, but for others (such as myself), it’s pointless tedium.

    Someone in this thread mentioned that laziness is relative. I agree, and I would like to add that I think laziness is only “bad” when something actually needs to be done, but isn’t. When nothing NEEDS to be done, I don’t see what is wrong with being “lazy”. My minimalist lifestyle reduced needs to the point where this is not an issue.

    1. Hey Mike, interesting perspective.

      I’m sure you have goals without realising if that really is the case. Maybe your goal is to do as little as possible and when you get there you feel achievement :).

      Nothing wrong with living a low-activity life if it makes you happy.

  24. Just to say it publicly, I managed to save 80% of my earnings, I don’t intend to buy a car or an apartment, get into debt or anything that would interfere with my minimalistic efforts – also live with my parents and buy 1 piece of cloth per month but I am very happy with what I do have.

    I feel enlightened.
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  25. The term “minimalism” doesn’t make you a lazy person. The idea that less bills, less hassles, less worries is something everyone should strive to have in their life. Minimalism is the idea that less worries about bills, and less things in your life means that you can truly focus on what is more important to our lives than material things. First of all, God is number one in my life, even above my family. He is first and foremost the driving force of my existence. So, when i put all my faith and prayers into him, he provides me with everything that I need, and to me that is the approach everyone should take. If you become closer to him, he will reward you with the necessities that you will need to make it even in this world. But to add a comment on whether or not “minimalism” makes you lazy, I say NO. It gives you the chance to focus on other aspects of your life. I think the “economy” and “technology” has changed our thought process of who we are supposed to be. Every ten seconds I am aware of what is the best “toothpaste” or the best car to drive, it is unfortunate that this nation has came to the perception of money being the motivating factor for most of our lives.

    1. Hey Russel, this post invited a lot of commenting as expected :). I am mostly with you and minimalism of course is oddly more productive however some people do mask laziness as minimalism!

      Faith or dedication to something is very important in success.

  26. Minimalist = do-it-yourselfer
    Consumer = pay others to do what you can’t

    And you wanna call the minimalist lazy? ;)

    – N

    1. Hey N,

      Ha ha, good analogy. I agree it’s not lazy just some people mask laziness under the badge of minimalism.

  27. An interesting discussion. I got urged into going on disability by the state but I do admit I kept getting let go from jobs (5 in one year)for the same reason;”things are just not working out”! so I found myself not working after about forty years of working mostly semi-skilled blue coller jobs from gardner, mainterance to nurses aide. I sold a house I got from my second wife who died from cancer. I am now in my third marrage and if I do work again it will be doing something I enjoy. I now have most of what I want and need. I would like to travel and may later this year. Driving around the country visiting friends I have reconnected with thru facebook. I like not working and not worring about where my next paycheck is coming from.

    1. Hi Emil, sounds like you are doing things that matter to you in life and that is very important as far as I am concerned. Good luck in you travels.

  28. I think it is more on security than being lazy. Being a minimalist believer is some sort of getting rid of hassles and obstacles that may come your way to achieve your goals.

    But then there are others who become minimal to literally be lazy. :) I think it depends on how you do it!

    Nice post by the way! Can I twit this?

  29. In my opinion to become a minimalist and maintain a minimalist lifestyle requires constant dedication and persistence. This is not a lifestyle for a lazy person to choose.

    Since my choosing to downsize my life style I feel more energized to take on challenges and opportunities. My focus and concentration on important goals also is much clearer.

    Plus my leisure time is more relaxing and fulfilling than ever before.

    Everyone of course is wired differently and what is laziness to one person is hardworking to another – it’s all a matter of opinion and perspective.

    For me the ultimate goal is to maintain my happiness in my life and I know that i am the most happy with a just a few well chosen possessions and responsibilities.

    1. That is a great goal Glenn and I am there with you on that one. I find happiness in less stress and owning less stuff helps me with that!

  30. I enjoy your website and i Want to learn the minimalism life. I think working for someone or meeting someone “quota” is stressful and close to slavey because you are being controlled by bosses with low self esteems and ego trips. I am trying to find a cheap place to live near the water so i can fish and do other things. Keep up the good work.

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