Look around you, all you can see is extras and luxuries. If you take a deeper look, you’ll realize that some of these extras are turning into necessities. As consumerism has taken over our lives and started to drastically affect our happiness, contentment, and satisfaction, the soul yearns to declutter what has been standing between it and the essence of being; a meaning.
We get that you may be picturing a minimalist as a backpacker climbing a mountain with one set of clothes holding a cellphone that dates back to the 90’s. Well, we understand that this is mainly because minimalism is misunderstood. Let’s take you through the essential parts of minimalism.
Minimalism is focusing on what matters to you and gives a meaning to your life through eliminating the things that are keeping you away from the valuable essence of your life.
Why adopt minimalism?
The decluttering process is often based on defining and keeping your needs and getting rid of everything that is extra. There are many reasons that would lead you to adopt minimalism as a lifestyle. Here are some:
When you give away your extra stuff and hold on to necessities, you will find yourself thinking twice about how much you need something and want to buy. Most of the time, you buy things that you don’t really need. Eventually, you will end up with a huge bill, unless you are living a minimalist lifestyle which prevents you from becoming a shopaholic.
- Psychological and mental
Many minimalists end up quitting their jobs because they have reached a point where all they care about is gaining more money to buy things they don’t really need. Without worrying so much about meetings and deadlines, you are more likely to develop a healthier approach to life.
When we consume less, we waste less. Waste is one of the major problems our planet is facing. Minimalism promotes the use of less, and one of its many advantages is that it’s a whole lifestyle based on not wasting anything. Adopting a minimalist lifestyle will definitely clear your conscience towards the environment.
Being a minimalist means that your diet will be tailored to your needs as well as your physical appearance. Seriously, why do you need to keep that sweater you got 6 years ago and never really wore? Minimalism starts by cleaning up and decluttering your living space from all the extra furniture, clothes, food, appliances, and much more. After that step, you will ensure simplicity and great hygiene.
When should you become a minimalist?
There’s no specific age to adopting minimalism. The best time is always now! However, remember that this is a life-changing commitment, you will definitely need some time to adapt. Do not rush, here are the first steps to minimalism:
- Write down what you want to change, keep it somewhere visible so you can always remember not to buy anything you don’t need
- Get rid of duplicate items. It’s a step proceeding towards getting rid of unnecessary items.
- Free up some space in your place, make it a decluttered area with no extra furniture, clothes, or anything that you won’t need.
- Instead of buying extra clothes, wash your clothes often. Keep a small handbag with the winter clothes, and another handbag for the summer. 3 pairs of shoes are more than enough for almost anyone. You don’t need to compromise quality. As a matter of fact, good quality means that you won’t throw an item away soon.
- Challenge yourself to save a specific amount of money within a year. The challenge will make you more aware of what you purchase, why you purchase it, and how much you pay for it.