Inside: Learn the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle. Minimalism is being intentional about every belonging you bring into your home.
During one of my cross-country moves, we had rented the largest do-it-yourself moving truck. At the end of the day, the moving truck was full and I was shocked when I realized that we had run out of room! How had we gotten to the point where we had so many belongings?
Fast forward 10+ years, to my most recent move. This time around I had three kids, rented a smaller truck, and it was only about half full. My journey to minimalism was not overnight, but more of a gradual process. I’ve learned to appreciate the freedom of minimalism and owning less.
What do you see when you think about minimalism? Do you think it is reserved for those who have a simple life with no children?
Minimalism is different for everyone. It doesn’t have to mean having nothing, nor does being a busy parent mean you can’t be a minimalist.
BENEFITS OF A MINIMALISM
A minimalist lifestyle offers many benefits beyond just being rid of clutter. Minimalism provides psychological and financial benefits as well!
1. Living with less stuff
The most obvious benefit of minimalism is having less to clean. Less to dust, less to scrub, and less stuff to put away each night. With less things to clean and organize, you’ll find it easier to keep your home clean.
2. Less Stress and Anxiety
There are psychological benefits as well. Do you feel like the housework is never done? The stress of having too much to clean, trying to find ways to organize everything, or just the anxiety from the lack of time to do everything. Goodbye to the days of scouring Pinterest for organizing ideas.
Whether you are at work or home, having clutter in your life is very constricting. It can make you feel as though the world is closing in on you. You also increase your stress by not being able to find easily the stuff you want or need.
3. More free time
You won’t spend time searching for solutions to organize your stuff. When was the last time you read a book, went for a walk, or participated in your favorite hobby? Less stuff to care for equals more time for you to do the things you love.
4. A bigger budget
Owning stuff costs money and we become trapped in this cycle of consumerism. Always buying more stuff that we don’t really need.
Instead, focus on what you truly need and the things that truly bring you joy. When you stop to really evaluate purchases, you might surprise yourself with what you can make due with.
5. Ability to focus on the important things
Instead of worrying about your belongings, you are free to do what matters most to you. From spending time with family, enjoying your favorite hobby, or giving back to your community.
6. A different perspective
In this day of social media, what everyone else is doing is in our face 24/7. We see our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers showing off their new house, vacation, or latest gadget.
Keeping up with the Joneses just leads to discontent. We focus on what we don’t have, what we are missing out on, or what we wish we had.
Reasons to be a minimalist
Instead, focus on what you do have. Be grateful for the people and things in your life, instead of being jealous of others. By reducing the amount of physical clutter you can simplify your life!
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