Can you have hobby as a minimalist?

No....

Well. It depends on who you ask but some extreme ones would say no, because some hobby requires things and that adds clutter.

But to me, YES, a big yes that you can have a hobby or hobbies.

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There are many alternative hobbies that won't require you to own things but even if it is, why not? as long as you are sensible about it.

Personally, I have too many hobbies. Often these hobbies are not something that I only enjoy doing but after a while, I make money from it. I personally think it is important for a person to have a hobby or hobbies. Having something outside our main passion or work has many benefits. I am sure we all can agree on that.

Anyhow, since I view minimalism as all-encompassing-lifestyle(not limited to things) and also a lifestyle to make myself a better person, hobbies are crucial.

From my hobbies, I learn new skills that would either make myself better in terms of health or a financial success. So, it’s a win-win situation. But again, as a minimalist there are something that I learned to be mindful about.

Learning How To Manage Hobbies

In the past I grew up having too many hobbies but never learned how to manage it all. I would have different items for my hobby that would clutter my room. It was all chaotic and in the end when I moved to another hobby, they all became junks. Even my books were piled up without having a proper place and left unread. The same thing with all of my other sports equipment. And only a few years ago, I donated almost all of it.

Even in the past, my laptop was so disorganized and I was not mindful about my online activity. I was online almost everyday, playing video games, coding, having way too many projects that I never even finished. I can not count how many emails I have but since I went full into minimalism, I stuck to only a few and made it easier to remember. I will discuss more on digital minimalism in the next one.

When I was still into perfectionism in minimalism, I tried not to have a hobby that would make me buy things. I read things online, I played games; all was done digitally and it wasn’t fun.

Only about two years, I learned that it’s okay to have a hobby that makes me buy things as long as I am sensible about it.

Buy the necessary and have a goal

One of the tricks I do is to buy the necessary and have a goal. It seemed strange for a hobby to have a goal but it just makes sense. Let’s say if I want to create an app, I would have to finish it and then let it go, I either publish it on github or just delete it after. The same way when I decided to paint. Instead of leaving it unfinished, I finish it and have some options; give it away or take a picture or throw it away.

Quality instead of quantity

Nowadays my hobby is swimming. With swimming, I am required to have goggles, ear plugs, and a swimming suit. They add more things into my tiny backpack. So, what I did was, I bought swimming goggles with its pouch that I could fit all necessary items for swimming on it. I also bought quality swimming equipment so that it would last longer. The same thing I learned with swimming suits. I had about 5 swimming suits and 4 of them aren’t wearable anymore. They are beyond repair and I have them thrown away already. And I just got a new one and made sure that it was the highest quality I could find. It’s one of the things that is aligned with minimalism; we buy quality instead of quantity.

There are many hobbies out there that don't require things.Even better if you can recycle things and use them as tools for your hobby. I grew up around the idea of recycling and that was also taught in schools. So, It was not that hard to find things to do with home objects that aren’t used anymore. At some point I even tried going zero waste and I can tell you, it’s really quite challenging to have 0 plastic in a day.

So, what if I grew tired of swimming, what would happen to my equipment? I would donate it or give it away. I am pretty sure there are people out there who would be interested in swimming.

Once again, being a minimalist does not stop you from having hobbies. In fact, in my opinion, because of the extra time that I have, it allows me to do so many things (red: hobby) and always makes me find newer things to do.

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Recycling and upcycling are awesome hobbies! 😄

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Pretty much! it's fun and I find myself doing that from time to time.

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Well, some minimalist just think everything you own should have a value, it isn't nessercery about the amount of stuff one have :D

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Hey Mac!
I agree that having a hobby is essential besides your mainstream job. SO many reach retirement and then feel like lost causes because they have no interest or skill to do anything.

In the past I grew up having too many hobbies but never learned how to manage it all. I would have different items for my hobby that would clutter my room. It was all chaotic and in the end, when I moved to another hobby, they all became junks.

Same cry here!

buy the necessary and have a goal.

This is key indeed.

Also buying quality items is a better idea too, over quantity.

I like your view on this topic very much:))))

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I heard the same thing. Hobby is important and at old age it becomes more crucial to preserve our mental fitness and health. I may have to join the #KISS challenge this week.

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Hobby is important and at old age, it becomes more crucial to preserve our mental fitness and health.

More than you realize it.

My dad is a retired school principal, a justice of the peace (JP), and church minister; However, he has no hobbies apart from washing and shining his car. He is retired, and spends his days bored ALL THE TIME!!
By all means; it would be nice to read an entry from you on this week's #KISS :))))

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Yeah, I noticed the same thing with elders in the family. Sometimes, it makes them easier falling ill too. I noticed the same with my deceased grandpa. After he quit tennis, he got stroke and spend the rest 4 years bed-ridden then passing away.

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I will probably never be a minimalist but I subscribe to the Quality instead of quantity philosophy. When you do a lot of tinkering and fixing having the right tool for the job you end up with a lot of expensive tools you use almost regularly. This makes a minimalist lifestyle a little difficult.

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You have allowed me to create some ideas in my mind and I agree with you on some points for example I love teddy bears I have always wanted to have a gigantic one, in fact I have a collection, but seeing that I filled a space with bears both acquired as gifts, well I stopped because it is already a lot, I am content now to see them or have them in another way that can be useful, a notebook with a bear holder that after being used is thrown away or recycled, because I discovered that I am dangerous with empty spaces I fill them, not with things I already had, with new things so I must be alert.

I agree that quality is preferable over quantity, because you end up saving money and time, it is a reality, reading more about minimalism I discovered that I apply it in many things and not in others, but it is a matter of disciplining yourself, greetings.

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Oh wow, that's cool if you have a lot of teddy bears. As long as you find value and like them, why not? and you can always make the teddy bears hold something be it notebook or other items.

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Well if you hit the nail on the head, my bears edemas of being decorative and brighten my view, are holding and giving life to other cono notebooks, the boxes of cell phones and the like, yesterday I was almost all day without internet so my delay to respond

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I love it Mac, it's true that for swimming you don't need many things and that helps a lot, and it makes sense to look for quality rather than quantity because that way you would only have one thing, for each thing, make a good investment for certain items but that saves you from having to buy others in the future like that swimsuit, I love the idea.

Too bad I don't know how to swim hahaha, I live on an island, but I never learned to swim can you believe it? But I have exercise items in my room, so I save having to go to the gym and spend on clothes and all that implies, I think it's kind of minimalist, if I see it right haha. I will continue to write about your minimalism tips with every post you make.

Greeting my friend @macchiata! 🤗💞

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