Minimalism is gaining popularity as a lifestyle. People are de-cluttering, choosing to own only things they truly value or are absolutely essential. Some are moving into tiny houses. Others are committed to making as little trash as possible by refusing, reusing, and repairing before buying more. Here is one man’s view on decluttering:
Play the following video for your students
Minimalism – How to become a minimalist – Declutter!!
- Have you ever had to downsize or get rid of a lot of possessions? What was that experience like? Was it difficult? Was it a relief? (Accept all reasonable answers. Students may think of experiences such as spring-cleaning, garage sales, moving, or packing. Others may have experienced a more devastating loss due to fire, natural disaster, or other reasons. In these instances, we tend to find what we truly value and what we can live without.)
- What is nice about having things? What is not so nice about having things? (Accept all reasonable answers. Things can bring us joy and be useful, but they can also distract us from what really matters, or be expensive, hard to care for, or wasteful.)
- How do you feel about the idea that not having “stuff” helps you know what your values are? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
Things are not bad, but we should consider their proper place in our lives. Scripture actually has plenty to say about this. Let’s find out more.