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Embracing minimalism is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in life. The funny thing is, I didn’t even know what it really was, and I only gave it a try to help me change my spending mindset and with my financial goals. But to my surprise, I realized that its financial benefit was just the tip of the iceberg and as you scratch the surface and delve deeper into the lifestyle, the benefits are far greater.
I don’t claim that I am already living my ideal Minimalist life. In fact, as of writing this, I’ve just embraced the lifestyle and I am still in the process of letting go a TON of clutter and excess stuff. But one thing that I’ve learned is that Minimalism isn’t an end goal but a process or a journey. Once you decide to jump in, you don’t have to wait long or even have to downsize to your ideal Minimalist life to feel the benefits.
Here some of its benefits that will change your life.
Benefits of Minimalism that Can Change Your Life
1.You focus More on Life and On What Really Matters
Having less stuff allows you to focus more on what really matters to you. Material possessions tie us down and can rob us of time or opportunities to have fun, to do things that matter more. When we have less stuff, we tend to gravitate towards the things that matter most and happiness that money can’t buy. Perhaps on making friends? Making meaningful conversation with great people? Go somewhere and make memories?
2. More Freedom
Minimalism gives you more freedom. Obviously, when you need less stuff, you also need less money. Think of money as your time. To earn it, you need to sacrifice your time, essentially your freedom to do things that you love, for work. Therefore, when your needs are minimal, the more free you are from needing to work.
3.Less Stuff Equals More Money
I didn’t know any better about Minimalism when I decided to give it a try. At that point, all I ever wanted was to straighten out or build a healthy financial life for my son. I read a little about getting rid of life’s excess (basically the core value of Minimalism) and thought that doing so (by not buying extra stuff) could help me save some money.
And it does help you save more money! I realized, though, that there’s a BIG difference between saving money for the sake of saving and saving money as a Minimalist. When you have a Minimalist mindset, you don’t have to fight the urge to acquire something new. You don’t even feel deprived as you would when you are just saving money for saving’s sake.
Minimalism can help you put more money into your pocket through the following ways:
- Buying less stuff
- Maintaining and storing fewer possessions
- Selling excess stuff or clutter
- And freeing up time for extra income
By needing less, we don’t just reduce our spending but also the time we spend for shopping and for keeping our stuff. Essentially, by embracing Minimalism, we can free up more time for other things that matter more such as family, more sleep or hobbies. We have more freedom from work and freedom to do things that we love.
5. Decluttering Promotes Good Health
Minimalism promotes good health in so many levels. When we declutter, we lose that claustrophobic feeling and create space to breathe. Then, we conserve the energy we normally spend on dealing with our possessions, which means we can have more energy for hobbies or passions that make us happy.
Decluttering can also improve your mental health. When I got rid of some of the clothes that I no longer use, I honestly felt free from the weight of keeping those extra stuff. I also felt better thinking that some people in need could make use of my things.
6. Greater Focus and Clarity Equals Better Productivity
Since you have a few things to deal with, you have greater focus and clarity which, for a freelancer like me, is important to boost my productivity. It’s like watching my favorite TV show without the ads and other distractions!
7. A Boost in Self-esteem
Sometimes we seek self-esteem in the wrong ways, such as buying more stuff to make us feel better about ourselves, make us feel prettier or better than others.
I admit, I used to cling to materialism hoping to boost my self-esteem. I knew it was wrong but until I finally let go of that obsession and greed of material possessions, I finally learned what it means when I say “you don’t need to have a lot of stuff to feel good about yourself.”
By embracing Minimalism, I realized how easy it is to have self-confidence because you lose that obsession to compare yourself to others. You feel happy about yourself because of who you really are and not because of the things you wear.
The great thing about Minimalism is that there are no right or wrong ways to downsize your life. What adds value to your life may be different from mine, so you can create your own Minimalism and you can choose how far you can go.
You may be surprised that these benefits are far greater as you go deeper into the lifestyle.
Over to you–is Minimalism a lifestyle you would choose for yourself and family?