In today’s society, where many people pride themselves on accumulating possessions, minimalism seems counter-cultural. Yet, living minimally brings many benefits and can help people pursue more out of life.
The benefits of living minimally can be different for each person. Some people might practice minimalism excessively in some areas and less in others – minimising their possessions but not worrying about tidiness. Everyone is different, and these are the powerful benefits a person can pursue from a minimalist lifestyle.
Living a minimal lifestyle involves using our time, energy, and money with intention. The minimalist lifestyle will help eliminate impulses with practice and the right mindset. Whether this means ridding your life of impulse spending, mindfully checking your phone, or wasting time, minimalism can prevent these urges.
When was the last time you gave into an impulse? Was it this morning when you spent too much time aimlessly scrolling through social media? Did you recently purchase an unnecessary amount of clothes to add to your ever-growing pile?
If you can clearly remember the last time you used your time invaluably due to giving into an impulse, you are a victim of overconsumption too. It isn’t anything to regret. Instead, it is something to learn from. Instead of giving into invaluable urges and adding excessive stuff to your life, you can claim back your time, say goodbye to impulses and live mindfully. You can achieve a less chaotic lifestyle.
Minimalism teaches us to live without non-essentials. It helps people understand that certain things do not add value to life – excessive clothes, valuable time spent on incomplete tasks, and too much junk in the cupboards. Hence, we can live without them.
Following this mindset, people can reassess their priorities and concentrate their energy on the essential things in life.
With practice, you will learn to say no to things that are not a priority. Instead of saying yes to non-essentials – which would cause more stress than service – you will find yourself putting your priorities first.
Although a few extra hours of work might help your workload, it might hinder your ability to concentrate on an important work report for the following day. Or, a morning of washing might prevent you from spending quality time on your self-love and mindfulness. Soon enough, you will find self-awareness of what does and doesn’t add value to your life. You will understand what things to prioritise and what things to say no to.
Living in a mindset that always chooses quality over quantity will guide you to a more sustainable lifestyle. As a result, you can minimise your stress and create more abundance.
Minimising your life in all areas can help you reclaim your time and space.
It’s pretty incredible to reclaim and experience a new sense of independence. Having fewer things to tidy up and find time for will give you a newfound sense of freedom. No longer will you feel dependent on the material stuff in your life to give you happiness. Instead, you can use your time and space valuably.
Begin to fill your life with memories and adventures, not things. Have stories to tell and not things to show.
Your mind and environment – a place to live, not store stuff.
4. Eliminate chaos
Living minimally gives us a daily choice to be intentional about what we allow into our life. Voluntary simplicity – seeing less to see more, doing less to do more, acquiring less so I can have more.