When you realize that the average person spends a few days per year looking for things they can’t find, and that the average house in the US has over 300,000 items, you realize that this is a big problem to be solved.
Minimalism is a lifestyle in which you let go of all the things you don’t need. Clothes, electronics, useless furniture and even certain personal items are all often just taking space in your home and in your mind. Why not get rid of some of this extra stuff?
You can be a minimalist in several different areas of your life: your wardrobe, your finances, your bookshelf, your use of social media and so on, and the benefits are incredible. In this article, we’ll go over the benefits of minimalism.
- Greater freedom. There’s a very popular saying that I often share: “The more stuff you own, the more stuff owns you.” If you spent some time to think about it, I’d bet you would be shocked to find out how many physical possessions you own. Imagine the freedom you would experience if you let go all your extra stuff.
- Less stress. Everything you own takes some mental burden to keep. You have to keep track of where everything is located. Other possessions require regular maintenance. Others will break down regularly. The less things you own, the less stress you’ll have.
- Clear sense of purpose. When you clear the unnecessary activities and items from your life, something incredible happens. You start experiencing a clear sense of purpose. You know exactly what it is you’re meant to do. You let go of everything that’s holding you back from accomplishing your goals.
- More Inner Peace. By keeping less, you have more time to focus on other activities. If you simply wish to relax, you might be distracted by social media, items and electronics that take too much time away from you. Finding inner peace can become very simple when you have less distractions.
- Extra money. Lastly, it shouldn’t surprise you that buying less and doing less can be very beneficial to your bottom line. Every penny you save, is a penny you can spend on what truly matters for you.
Above all things, remember this: do not place any value on what you own. Owning less is usually better than owning more. Saving more time and money for yourself is something very important to strive for.
The good news is that it’s perfectly possible to design the life you want. Start by letting go of all the things, activities and relationships that don’t improve your life in a meaningful way. Let go of them and don’t think back.
When you do this often enough, you’ll realize that you start doing it automatically. You’ll probably resist the temptation to buy things you don’t really need. When that moment comes, you’ll become a minimalist who will live with great inner peace and balance.