With the minimalist movement sweeping the globe, the whole “less is more” philosophy is being adopted by many people every day. This works because it helps us feel more love for the things we do own and utilize them more often. From Marie Kondo to The Minimalists, there are tons of experts out there to help guide us on our journey to mindfulness in our homes. Here are a few reasons why it may work out in your favor.
We’ve all heard the phrase “Quality Over Quantity,” and no matter your budget, this always rings true. Why spend $500 on fifty $10 items when you could splurge on one that could last you there rest of your life? For example, there are so many chic options for designer wallets for women and men. Consider purchasing things for yourself or others that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Everything we utilize in this life leaves a footprint on the environment. It makes sense that the less we own and use, the smaller our footprint. Try cutting back on or eliminating all together single-use plastics in your life. Decide only to keep the two pairs of jeans you wear and donate the rest to charity; heck, donate ALL the clothes you haven’t worn in the last six months to charity! If you take steps to minimize your footprint in this world, you’ll feel better knowing that you’re helping.
Time is On Your Side
Minimizing the possessions in your life has many benefits. One of the biggest is that you get your time back. Gone are the minutes that add up to hours in each day spent organizing and tidying up your belongings. You don’t have as many piles of laundry to get washed, dried, and put away. You don’t have as many physical distractions in your home to take away from the essential things. And you don’t have to stop the decluttering with material items. You can minimize your external obligations as well. You don’t have to say “yes” to everything others ask you to or to do. Not to say you should – just that it can be empowering to do so. As you declutter your life, you become more connected with yourself, genuinely illuminating the things you want/ need and do not want/need. Take back your valuable time.
Earn a Little Cash
When you first start on your journey to minimalism, you’re going to have many things you don’t need any more; sell them! As you pare down items, the furniture you were using to store those items becomes unnecessary. You can sell these items on popular sites like Craigslist, Next Door, and Facebook Marketplace, or you could donate them to local charity shops to help others who are trying to get back on their feet. It’s nice to make a little income as you lighten your load.
Teaching Values to Others
Whether you’re a full-blown maximalist, a budding minimalist, or live a simple life already, we all tend to agree that people and experiences matter more than things. As we simplify our lives and routines, this becomes ever more obvious. If you are a parent, becoming a minimalist gives you an invaluable stage to teach your children that there is more to life than owning things. What’s that quote from Fight Club? “The things you own end up owning you.” Tyler Durden was right. Utilizing the less is more strategy, you’ll become closer with loved ones and neighbors and possibly show them how a life of intentionalism can be rewarding.
If you decide to apply minimalism to your refrigerator or pantry, you’ll see the physical benefits as well. Sometimes, it becomes a minimalist’s natural progression to know the money they’re saving, not shopping, and impart that lifestyle in other areas. So you stop eating out as often to save more money. As you start cooking more at home, you become more away from what you’re putting into your body, and the rest is history!
There are No Rules
Remember, if this sounds like a journey you want to go on and declutter the unnecessary from your life, there are no rules! Minimalism looks different to everyone, and there’s no set number of things you should or shouldn’t own. There’s no specific esthetic your home should have. It’s about being the best version of yourself you can be, undistracted by all things that no longer serve you.