In today’s culture, we are constantly fed the message that we need more in order to live a good life. More electronics, bigger homes, newer cars, more clothes – the list goes on. We’re led to believe that having more will lead to happier and more fulfilled lives. If you make the decision to go against that norm, some may even look at you strangely, or wonder if there is something wrong with you.
But the truth is, those who have embraced minimalism and learned to live and work with less often find they are happier, more content, and living more meaningful lives. But that’s just the beginning of the benefit of embracing minimalism.
Less Stress – This is by far the top benefit of minimalist living so it’s worth mentioning first. As you embark on this new way of life, you will find that having fewer things to worry about (both material possessions/clutter and time commitments) greatly reduces your stress level!
Less Clutter – Minimalism is about embracing a simple life and learning to live with only the things you need so naturally there will be a lot less clutter in your environment. Of course this also means that one of the first steps you’ll need to do is go through all the current clutter and get rid of the unnecessary possessions. Most people living a minimalist life have said this was the hardest part of the journey for them, but that it was worth it in the end. My family had fun sorting through all of the stuff we had accumulated over the years, giving and throwing away more than anyone could imagine when we began. Just keep in mind your vision of minimalism and why you’re doing it – this will help you stay on task as you purge things. And don’t forget, you can help others by making donations of your non-needed items to local charities, non-profit organizations, and churches.
More Money – By moving away from the extreme commercialism that seems normal in today’s world you won’t fall victim to always needing more, more, more and more. The result of this means you will have more money and reduced debt. Imagine having the cash to take a fabulous trip, or to invest that extra cash into your business— all because you resisted the urge to buy every new toy and gadget your friends or competitors bought. I had observed this phenomenon when I was younger but never gave a second thought to embracing minimalism until I was older and hopefully, wiser.
More Time – Another essential part of embracing minimalism in your life is clearing the clutter of overbooked schedules and too much to do. You’ll begin to learn that saying NO is a complete sentence. Turning down the things you don’t enjoy doing, or those you feel obligated to do (even though you are not) means you’ll free up your time. This will give you the freedom to do with your time the things that mean the most to you – spending time with family, friends, traveling, writing, or volunteering.
Spend Less Time Cleaning Your Living and Work Environments – The top two complaints about housework – cleaning in particular – is (1) it takes too long and (2) there is too much stuff to clean/clean around. The good news is, embracing minimalism means these things won’t happen anymore. It will take far less of your time to clean and organize your home and office because you won’t have so much stuff to work with.
Set a Good Example For Your Kids and Other Family Members –Just as adults have easily fallen prey to the world’s message that we have to have more, more and more, so have our young people. In fact, most kids now-a-days live lives of entitlement, not knowing what it means to not have things in excess. Embracing minimalism, especially if your kids are little, will be a good example for teaching them about what is and isn’t important in their lives.
As with any major life change, don’t attempt to tackle minimizing your home and business at once. Create your vision and tackle each environment slowly but with purpose. As you make more changes and discover the freedom that minimalism provides, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start minimizing and embracing minimalism sooner.
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