I’ve decided to write a mini-series about minimalism, and how we beginners can get involved in it. Now, if you’re not sure exactly what minimalism is, then let me explain. It’s about stripping back the unnecessary elements to your life, living simpler, and moving away from consumerism.
Minimalism isn’t just about not owning or buying anything. It is also about minimalizing your life: living well within your means, enjoying simpler things and being more mindful. There is a great big link between being mindful and minimal which I will explain further down.
However, before you can start your journey towards living a more minimal life, you need to understand what’s in it for you.
1. You will become more financially independent.
Without the unnecessary purchases, you will spend less money. It really is as simple as that. And when you spend less money, then you’re no longer obligated to earn as much money. This could mean potentially being able to quit your day job to pursue your own business dreams, or maybe even being able to drop down to part time hours.
It also means you will be able to pay off any debt you have quicker, getting you towards financial independence. Being debt free sounds pretty nice doesn’t it?
2. Your home will be easier to clean.
Without piles of clutter and junk on every surface being able to clean will be so much easier. I really hate dusting, because there are so many things which have to be moved to be able to do it, then moved back afterwards. How much easier would it be without them?!
Having less things also means having less things to clean. If you don’t have junk catching and holding onto dust then you don’t have to clean dust from it. You’ll also have less clothes to wash. This is all sounding pretty good isn’t it?
3. Your happiness will no longer rely on objects.
We can all be guilty of trying to buy our happiness. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but it is a behaviour that shouldn’t be encouraged. When you buy something to fill the gap within in you, you’re not actually dealing with the issue, and before long it becomes a nasty cycle.
The more you buy, the less money you have, the more you worry, the less happy you are, so you buy more. And the cycle continues. Break it now.
4. You will become more aware of how much waste you produce.
Sounds like an odd after effect of getting a bit minimal, but you really will notice a difference. Your bin bags will take longer to fill because you’re not continuously buying things wrapped in more things which then need throwing away.
I find it utterly ridiculous that you can’t even buy mushrooms without then having a plastic tub and a sheet of cling film to throw away. We recently visited Ikea and came away with a few purchases (essentials only) but I was surprised by how much rubbish this small amount of purchases came with. Everything was wrapped in cardboard then wrapped again in plastic for good measure. Silly.
5. Reduce re-use recycle will become your best friend.
If the hem of your favourite pair of jeans started fraying, would you repair or throw away and buy some more? When you let minimalism into your life it stops being a question. Of course you repair! Why would you need another pair of jeans when the ones you have are salvageable.
Same goes with pretty much anything: clothes, homeware, even electronics if you’re feeling daring. Minimalism goes hand in hand with wanting to keep hold of your money, and there is no better way of doing that than make do and mend.
6. You will feel less stressed.
This is across the board on all aspects of minimalism. If you don’t have as much debt, you won’t have as much stress about money. If you don’t have a lot of clutter around, you won’t be stressed about the house being a mess.
Minimalism also stretches to your social life, self care is a high priority when dealing with minimalism and so you’ll feel less stressed for that too. No longer saying yes to everything just because you think you have to, and taking care of yourself better.
Needless to say there are so many benefits to bringing minimalism into your life. My mini series is going to look into various different aspects, such as little things you can do to start your minimalism journey, methods of minimalism, and the benefits you’ll find associated to it.
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