What is Minimalism in 2023 (Plus 3 Alternatives)

Thanks to online influencers such as Matt Davella or Joshua Milburn, minimalism has become mainstream these days. Not to forget the principles of stoicism, from the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius that is getting quite the following.

Minimalism has developed into various forms and shapes over the years. Making it harder to understand and identify with the elements you like and do not like.

I wanted to start this blog by answering the question: What is minimalism like in 2023?

Minimalism in 2023 is not just a design concept but a lifestyle. Minimalists implement it into their daily lives, in their material possessions, social life, finance, and the mind.

Minimalism is seen as the opposite of materialism, hedonism, and hoarding. 

This article discusses how minimalism has changed over the years. We also look at the alternatives to the minimalist mindset, such as materialism, hedonism, and hoarding.

How Has Minimalism Changed Today?

Minimalism today encompasses more than just a design element. It is expanded into a mindset on how to approach life. Many have since implemented minimalism in material possessions, social life, finance, and the mind.

Material Possessions

One of the more obvious practices in a minimalist lifestyle is material possessions. The main idea here is to own less but to own well. This means minimalists take time to think about everything they own and whether it contributes to their life. 

If yes, they either keep the thing or upgrade to even better quality ones. If they own more than one of the same item, they may keep only the minimum needed.

If not, the item is removed by selling, donating, or discarding. 

As a result, you may notice many minimalists talk about things such as decluttering.

You may also notice they have a very clean home, with little things inside.


Minimalists also talk about applying the lifestyle to their finances.

This usually also goes hand-in-hand with material possessions. Many minimalists will talk about spending less to own less.

This usually translates into things such as buying a smaller house or a simple, boring car.

  • A smaller place takes less time to clean and usually has a lower mortgage.
  • A simple and boring car is cheap to buy and costs less to maintain.

From this point, some minimalists use excess cash to buy experiences such as traveling. Some use it to plan for their retirement, and so on.

Social Life

There are minimalists that practice the concept in their social life as well. A minimalist social life tries to spend more time with people you care about. 

This means carefully managing your social life and prioritizing a small number of people that bring joy to your life. Rather than having a bunch of friends you barely meet, you focus on a small number and connect with them on a deeper level instead.

Social minimalists avoid overextending their social connections. This way, they can prevent having too many socializing commitments. 

Many minimalists also manage their online presence. They reduce their social media accounts and the number of connections inside them. 


Many minimalists also try to practice the lifestyle in their thoughts and mind.

This usually starts with understanding what they are worried about and unhappy about. 

They then decide whether they have the power to control or change things.

If they can control and change the outcome, they put in the effort to worry and deal with it. If they cannot, they simply learn to let go and not worry about the matter. 

This helps them clear their mind and focus on only the things that matter. To many minimalists, it simply does not make sense to be anxious and worried about things out of their control.

What Are The Alternatives To Minimalism?

As minimalism expands from just a design concept, it becomes a mindset.

As a result, minimalism becomes one of the options to live our lives. 

Some of these mindsets may become the opposite of minimalism. Some even use the term ‘anti-minimalism’ to group these concepts together. Some of these alternatives to minimalism include:


Materialism is an obvious alternative to minimalism. As it is focused on the material side of things.

Materialistic people may focus on acquiring things to bring joy into their lives. The core concept is that the more things you own, the happier you become. The modern-day consumerism mentality.

Materialistic people usually purchase oversized, expensive items to make themselves happier.

These include

  • large houses
  • luxury cars
  • trendy clothing
  • excessive gadgets
  • etc.

Many spend more than they can afford. Resulting in getting overstressed at work on at home with money problems.

To minimalists, however, owning many things means spending a lot of time maintaining them. There is also less time to enjoy each of the things too.

Minimalists also do not see the need to work long hours or make more money, just to pay the banks and credit card bills to afford these things. 


Hedonism can be seen as an alternative to minimalism, but more on maximizing pleasures instead of things. In many cases, hedonistic people may spend much money not on material possessions but on pleasures. 

This may be in food or drinks binging to satisfy their glutton. Some may engage in repeated sensual pleasures to fulfill their lusts. Hedonistic people may also enjoy gambling to satisfy their inner greed inside.

To minimalists, hedonism usually is seen as excessive and may distract them from enjoying life’s simpler pleasures. Excessive focus on pleasures also may cause overspending.

This can be unacceptable to many minimalists. 


Hoarding is also a mindset that can be very against minimalism. Hoarding may be similar to materialism, focusing on collecting material possessions.

However, hoarders cannot let go of anything they own.

Some of us have hoarding tendencies, but severe hoarders may choose to keep even the simplest things with no value. As a result, a hoarder tends to live in a house full of clutter. 

This is completely against minimalism. Minimalists keep only the things that matter and remove the rest. 

Minimalism Is A Lifestyle

In this post, we can see how minimalism has changed from a design concept into a lifestyle. We also explore some mindsets that are different from minimalism. These include hedonism, materialism, and hoarding. 

The key to minimalism is to practice the concept of ‘less is more’ in all aspects of life. This may require you to think more about what matters in your life, but it may be worth it in the long run. 

Thank you for reading, good luck with your concentration and focus improvements and see you in the next one. An overview of my other posts is here. 

For now, I wish you all the happy moments you can enjoy in your life. 



Owner and creator of this space. My mission: Provide you with insights and tools you need to create more happy moments in your life and in that of your loved ones. By using Mental Minimalism for more clarity.

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