Often we discuss minimalism as a philosophy relating to the physical world, but that’s just one of the areas the concepts of minimalism can be applied.
In a broad sense, eliminating as much clutter as possible makes our lives better in many ways. With less clutter, we have less to organize and less to clean. Ideally we find ourselves spending time only with the things that we truly value. By eliminating the rest, we have more time to appreciate and fully utilize those things as well.
When applied to relationships, minimalism refers to toxic ones as clutter that must be removed as well. Relationships with people who are chronically negative, unsupportive or abusive distract us and from reaching our potential. It is often said that we become the average of the five closest people around us, and I find it to be true.
As a general philosophy, these concepts can be applied to almost every area of life. From preventing the over-scheduling of our time, to embracing a simple life without needless physical things cluttering our homes.