A buzzword you might be heating a lot is “minimalism.” Many people think minimalism is throwing out all your stuff and only being able to own 100 items with stark white walls. In reality, minimalism is just a different way of looking at your possessions. There are actually a lot of benefits to minimalism both physically and emotionally.
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.From https://www.theminimalists.com/
Minimalism is simply having less possessions. It means that each item you own serve an important purpose in your life.
If you feel like you have too much stuff – too many clothes that you never wear, a closet stuffed full of things from all those Target runs – adopting a minimalist lifestyle can really help you get rid of things you don’t need and stop yourself from buying things you don’t need in the future.
This does not mean you should get rid of everything or that you shouldn’t enjoy the things you do have. Sometimes we put sentimental value on things that have none, so we tend to keep things that we have no use for. Minimalism is telling you it’s okay to get rid of them, and it’s also okay to keep the things that to hold a lot of value to you.
Benefits of Minimalism
- Save money. Since you are only buying things you need, naturally you will spend less money.
- De-clutter. Not having all that clutter can feel very freeing.
- More free time. How many nights and weekends do you spend cleaning? Unfortunately minimalism does not mean never having to clean again, but less stuff = less mess = more time.
- Feel more content. It’s a satisfying feeling having everything in order and put away.
- Less stress. There are studies that show messiness can cause stress.
- Environmentally friendly. Consuming less stuff means better for the environment.
- Show off the things you love. Since you are only keeping things that you value, show them off!
These are just a few of the benefits of minimalism. Having less clutter and more free time are two of my favorites.
Tips for Getting Started
If this seems overwhelming, that’s okay! This weekend start with room in your house or apartment. I started with the kitchen to really go through and decide if I needed all those to-go containers (I don’t). Going one room at a time is less overwhelming, and you will really feel accomplished when you’re done. If there is a particular room that causes you a lot of stress due to clutter, that’s a great place to start.
Then decide what you’re going to do with all your items that you don’t need. You can throw them out, donate, or sell. Selling items can be a great way to make a little extra cash, but make sure you list them immediately. We’ve all had bags of clothes sitting in our closet that we wanted to list on eBay. Also look up local charities and see if they need any of the items you have.
Remember, minimalism is not so much an end goal as more of a continued way of living. It may be an ongoing project for you, and that’s okay!
Have you tried minimalism? What are your thoughts on this lifestyle? Comment below and let me know!