5 Fundamental Reasons Why Minimalism Is Not Just For the Youngsters


Minimalism is a popular, trendy lifestyle that many people are putting on to see if it fits. Young people are especially attracted to this lifestyle because it is an excuse to throw off material possessions (and also the responsibilities by which they can make money to acquire those possessions) and to travel as a nomad, live their passion, etc. etc.

Minimalism looks cool on social media living out of a van and eating kale and chia seeds. But have a kid. Just one kid and see how that job with insurance, the house in a good neighborhood with good schools and a lot of storage space looks then. Have a health crisis, and let’s see how minimalism holds up.

With age and experience comes wisdom. That’s how it works, no getting around that. And while minimalism seems to be most popular with younger people, does it have any appeal to the wise, old Baby Boomers? Those people in the 53-71 year old bracket?

I think minimalism is actually more congruent with those who are considered Baby Boomers than with any other group.

And here’s why:

  1. Our lives are in a state of “throwing off” anyway. In this stage of life we are going through major changes that are naturally causing us to downsize. Our kids are leaving home, some of us are retiring or we’re changing to less demanding careers, we find that our large family homes are just too much to take care of now and don’t fit our lives anymore. So, we are naturally becoming minimalists.
  2. Some of us are becoming grandparents which makes us become more introspective. It makes us realize that value of relationships over stuff. And we are more than willing to make sacrifices of time and money to be able to input into our grandkids. Again, we are naturally becoming minimalists.
  3. We are aging physically and coming to grips with our own mortality. We realize we want to focus on what’s really important. We want to live longer and healthier. We find that we have to spend more time focusing on eating right and taking care of our bodies. And usually that means letting go of bad habits and taking on new ones including rest, mindfulness and becoming more spiritual. These are very minimalistic pursuits.
  4. We have more time and money to do things we love and to pursue our passions. This is the time of life where we can travel and do those things we’ve always wanted to do. We can take that pottery class or a cruise or live out of a van for a week (but we can eat at some really nice restaurants along the way, haha!). And shedding some of our stuff to have more time and money makes it easier to do the things we love.
  5. We can “stick it to the man!” As a Boomer, we were born to protest. And minimalism is in its essence a protest against society’s pressure to acquire more. To embrace minimalism means you are choosing to decide how you want to spend your time and your money and you will choose what you value – not media or society at large.

So, you see, the older generation is actually built and ready for minimalism. So, let’s fill up social media with photos of our passionate, exciting lives and give the kids #lifegoals!




11 thoughts on “5 Fundamental Reasons Why Minimalism Is Not Just For the Youngsters

  1. That last one is my favorite! LOL I started trying to minimalize my life and home when the last daughter (I have 4) move out for college. I was doing great until two of them moved back home. I’ve just got one more to get back out and then I can continue. I wonder if moving into a house with one bedroom and one bathroom would help keep them out once she’s gone? LOL Loved this post!

  2. Very interesting take on how we change and start to downsize and get rid of things as we grown older. Thanks for linking up with #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

  3. Jill, excellent points. I have always leaned toward minimalism, probably as a result of having grown up with a maximalist (packrat) mother! But now that it is “on trend” I’m hoping more people in all age groups will embrace it. How much kinder to the planet if we all reduced our footprint instead of having huge houses filled with seldom-used objects. I’m not “judging” – some of of my best friends fit that description – just food for thought.

  4. Very interesting & right in point! My sisters and I gained new perspective on minimalism when we had to go through all of our parents belongings.

    Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

  5. We really need to downsize here and get rid of stuff, keep only what’s important. Thank you Jill for sharing this post at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared it on social media.

  6. I loved this post. As an organizing enthusiast, I am often purging. But as I have aged, I am really downsizing, getting rid of stuff that I’ve kept out of guilt because they were gifts or things I thought I couldn’t live without. Now those things just aren’t as important anymore. Thank you for sharing at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I have shared on social media.

  7. I love this! You’re right, that first grand child changes how we see the world on so msny levels. And minimalism is certainly easier after that. I think it’s a natural progression in life to reduced what we have as we age. It makes life simpler on many levels.

  8. My husband and I have always been minimalists – we aren’t hoarders, collectors or accumulators…. so the minimalism movement suits us fine. Our kids are relieved because we’re not always trying to palm our extra stuff off on them when they come to visit 🙂

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