If you are considering embracing a more minimalist life by minimizing stuff to maximize life, fabulous! The process of discovering what minimalism looks like to you is the first step. You may decide it is to reduce debt and declutter, or you might decide on the more extreme versions and try living with only 51 items. No matter what you aim for, the minimalist life will lead you to live life with intention. You won’t worry about owning more stuff or being overwhelmed by the harried life society demands.
5 Ways Minimalism Benefits Your Life
Leaving behind all the stuff in favour of minimalism has many benefits. Here are five:
You have fewer items to clean.
You will have less clutter to clean as you purge belongings in favour of less stuff. This makes cleaning much easier and less time-consuming. The more stuff sitting around, the more dust and allergens accumulate. Few people love dusting, so why not remove the extra dust bunny collectors?
You spend less money.
Some people buy the latest gadget because it satisfies an itch. Others have so much clutter that they buy duplicate items because they cannot find that wrench they need to fix the sink. When you own less, you don’t spend as much money on things you don’t need and already own.
You have more freedom.
When you don’t have as many belongings, you have less to worry about with upkeep. This can be very freeing for many. Stuff ties us down to jobs we don’t like because of accumulated debt from our purchases. Imagine the possibilities when you are free from ‘stuff.’ You can do work that you love, not just because you need a paycheck.
You can buy quality over quantity.
By spending less on frivolous things, you are better positioned to save for better-quality items. You can also focus your money on only those things that bring you joy.
You can focus on your health.
As you become more minimalist, you make deliberate choices that enhance your health. Money is no longer tied up in buying things to keep up with the neighbours. Instead, you can spend time with family hiking. You have more time to cook at home with family if you choose. Your overall health will benefit.
These benefits are only the beginning. Minimalist living is a counter-cultural approach to enjoying life on your own terms. Why not choose to be in the driver’s seat of your life?