My life has changed significantly since I embarked on my journey to minimalism and I thought I’d share a list of the top benefits that I’ve experienced that will hopefully inspire you to incorporate minimalism into your life too.
There is no one definition for minimalism – it is what you make it to be, and the beauty of it is that you can start small (hmmm, seems a bit ironic, doesn’t it?). You need to take what resonates with you about the minimalist lifestyle and let go of the rest, after all, isn’t that what the journey is all about?
Minimalism is a personal journey, and it will always be a journey for me. I’m in no way saying I am some minimalism guru, in fact, I am nowhere near where I aspire to be, but what I can say is that what I’ve implemented so far is certainly working for me, and it’s life-changing.
More space and less clutter
This means less cleaning, easier to maintain spaces and more effective organization. I know that the more I keep up with decluttering my home, the easier and easier this will become. Thankfully, I’ve gotten to a point where it is easier to decide what new objects to bring into my home or not, because I need to find a place for that thing. The great thing about having a place for everything means that I’m able to find things easily. This saves me time while creating visually appealing spaces.
Feeling like a weight is lifted off my shoulders
Whenever I spring clean my home or go through a cull (be it physical or digital), I always feel so much better and relieved afterward. Clutter or unnecessary things creates a feeling of heaviness and less clutter creates a feeling of lightness. There’s less worry, less stress and more peace of mind, which leads to a happier life.
A happier and healthier lifestyle
I’ve found that I’m less inclined to comparison, and I feel more self-confident than I have before. Over time, it’s gotten easier and easier to let go of the things I don’t need that are “weighing” me down, I feel that I am more present in the moment, there’s more contentment in my life and I feel more grateful and appreciative.
More focus and clarity of mind
I’m now able to make better decisions, because I have a clearer idea of what I want and what I don’t want. After going through the big declutter last year and identifying what is of most value to me, this means less choices or options, which in turn leads to quicker and easier decision making.
I can attest to this when it comes to my wardrobe – after doing the big cull last year, I now have capsule wardrobe and have never said “I have nothing to wear!” in a long time, even though at the time that I used to say it I had a closet full of clothes.
I’ve found that there’s less spending, or rather, more mindful spending habits which means I have extra money and I get to save more than I used to before! I feel like I have a greater sense of purpose and direction in my life, I’m less focussed on material things and I know when to say NO and when to say YES more easily than I have before.
More time to do everything I want to do
I’m way more flexible and able to go with the flow of life – which feels really amazing, by the way! I’ve created room for what’s important in my life, I’m spending more time with loved ones, I have more opportunity to indulge in my passions, hobbies and creativity and I’m more productive than before. I often find myself wondering what to do with myself because I have so much time on my hands! True story.
Given all of the above benefits, this all leads to being able to spend more time with loved ones – I’m talking about having the capacity to really listen and be there for loved ones. I’m also able to give and serve more, and isn’t that what life is all about?