Minimalism has been somewhat of a trend of late. But what does it mean to take on this type of lifestyle? What are the benefits of getting rid of a lot of your things? Is the pursuit of reducing just a look, or does it have substance behind it?
1. Less Time Cleaning & Organizing
When we get rid of the clutter, we make organizing less daunting. Cleaning the house isn’t the epic conquest it once was. Everything you own has a rightful place, instead of things being stuck in drawers, closets, or the dreaded Tupperware-type containers that “help” you organize.
“Your home is living space, not storage space.” ― Francine Jay
Less stuff = less organizing. Forget about all the time you spent just putting stuff away; now you can spend that time on things you value.
I’ve found that the less stuff I own, the less my stuff owns me.” ― Nathan W. Morris
2. Love The Things You Own
Minimalizing your possessions isn’t just about less stuff. It’s about loving what you have more. We often take for granted a lot of the great things we own until we’re cleaning out the closets and say, “Oh, geez, I forgot all about this!”
“Minimalism isn’t about removing the things you love. It’s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love.” ― Joshua Becker
Having fewer material possessions means only keeping the things you really love. This means rather than a hall closet full of jackets, buy or keep one that is high quality that you consider your favorite. There’s something strangely gratifying when you open a drawer or a closet door and what you see is your favorite.
3. Create Time for the Important Stuff
All that time you spent cleaning and organizing can now be spent on the activities and people you care about the most. It’s a great feeling not to have a mountain of laundry looming over your weekend. The minimalist lifestyle removes the unnecessary and leaves room for all the things we covet.
“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” ― Joshua Becker
Imagine deducing your possessions to the point of need, not just want. The value of this type of lifestyle is clarity. When we have less distraction, we can think clearly about what we truly want and value rather than run around just trying to keep up! I know that feeling.
4. Spend Money on Moments, Not Materialism
Since you no longer need to heed the call of Amazon because you have the things you need. Money can be allocated to those moments you cherish, like vacations, the climbing gym membership, or driving cross-country.
“You sell off the kingdom piece by piece and trade it for a horse that will take you anywhere.” ― Colin Wright
Many times the things that stick with us the most are the memories. Many of my fondest memories are of the experiences I shared with family and friends. Minimalism isn’t just a fad; it’s a refocus on what you value most in life.