Minimalism: Live with More Joy and Less Stuff
With a focus on experience over acquisition, minimalism is about living with less and experiencing more. This lifestyle is not for everyone, but there is room in every life for it to enhance and amplify happiness if you take the time to examine and implement it.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Who do I want to be?
- What would I do if money was no object?
- How can I feel calmer, more peaceful, and content?
- What experiences do I want to add to my life?
Once you have the answers to those questions, you can examine what changes you need to make to your life to reach the goals they represent. Quite often, the answers to the questions above have nothing to do with acquiring full closets, more stuff on your shelves, or spending money on accumulating things. This is where minimalist concepts come into play.
Wanting less stuff leads to needing less money, which leads to having to work less. This means you will have more time, money and freedom to do the things that fulfill your dreams and make you happy. Less stuff equals less stress. Here is how you can reduce the “things” in your life to make room for peace.
How Does Minimalism Change Your Life?
The benefits of moving towards a more minimalist lifestyle are numerous and will depend on the extent to which you implement changes. If you are interested in changing your consumption, waste, and energy exertion, read on.
- Decluttering can help free up your time and energy by taking up less time on chores at home. Fewer clothes, dishes, and clutter equates to less time spent doing laundry, cleaning dishes and dusting. Weekend chores take less time when there is less to clean!
- Reduce consumption ad save money by choosing to live minimally. Making mindful purchases reduces waste, reduces your carbon footprint and makes each purchase more meaningful. Be sure to replace single-use items with reusable wherever possible.
- Review what you have and consider whether or not the items you choose to keep are meaningful and useful. Moving to a minimalist lifestyle will require you to not feel guilty about letting go of items that you spent money on, even if it was a significant amount, as well as items that were given as gifts. Keep items that serve you or bring you joy and are meaningful, while setting aside anything that you do not need. Before you throw anything away, separate the items into piles intended to sell, re-gift, donate or trash and do with them in kind.
- Decluttering and reducing your personal items will help you to appreciate the small things and have fewer distractions from what matters. When you have just a few pieces of jewelry, a few paintings, or your favorite books, those things will stand out in your home and your mind.
- If your closet is organized and decluttered, it is easier to choose outfits and you will spend less time getting dressed. Organize clothing to what you will be able to mix and match, choosing complementary colors and making purchases that are ethically sourced and that add value to your wardrobe. Having a few quality pieces is much more efficient than buying seasonal clothing that is torn and destroyed after a few wears.
- In the kitchen, simplify food choices and eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Eating minimally may involve limiting processed foods as well as eating less dairy and meats, as this will align your eating habits with other minimalist efforts to make less of an impact on the environment. Streamline and simplify your grocery shopping to eliminate wasted food as well as excessive spending.
Whether you are minimalizing room by room or are trying to overhaul one part of your life, these changes will make a positive impact. Give yourself room to breathe and allow new energy to come in by eliminating what is no longer serving you. Remember that minimalism is a personal choice that has a global impact, so be proud of the changes you make and the ways you are helping the world by reducing your consumption.