Minimalists search for happiness not through things, but through life itself.
If we simply stopped to question our continuous consumption, we’d find that most of the stuff we think we need isn’t even close to necessary. In fact, life would be much simpler, and perhaps even easier and certainly more rewarding, without many of the possessions we think we need.
Minimalism itself is far more concerned with living intentionally, living elegantly through simplicity, living purposefully while enjoying the material possessions you own without giving those possessions too much significance.
Anything we get rid of that we need later, we can replace for less than $20 and in less than 20 minutes from our current location. Thus far, this theory has held true 100% of the time.
Although we’ve rarely had to replace a just in case item (less than five times this year for the two of us combined), we’ve never had to pay more than $20 or go more than 20 minutes out of our way to replace the item. This theory likely works 99% of the time for 99% of all items and 99% of all people. Including you.