Less is more and less is better.
1. Declutters your home
At the heart of minimalism is removing unnecessary things that you own. Do you have a giant 51-inch TV but don’t quite use it? You don’t really need that. Got a two-door refrigerator but you’re living alone? Yes, you can live with a smaller fridge. Do you have both a laptop and a tablet? For the most part, you only really need one or the other.
It does not only apply to big things; even small things can clutter your daily life. Like do you really need twenty pens on your desk to get things done? Why do you need to have fifty pairs of shoes? And is it absolutely necessary to have a steel spatula, a ceramic spatula, and a glass spatula? Even stuff like that can make a big difference, especially for people with a tendency to hoard things that serve the same purpose.
Speaking of hoarding, it can actually ruin your life. You may live in a nice, spacious two-storey, five-bedroom house, but hoarding can easily steal away all of that space. Extra bedrooms will soon become stockrooms for stuff that you no longer use. Pretty soon, your home will be a fledgling warehouse festering with dust and disease.
In stark contrast, a home with none of those extra unnecessary things has a genuine air of space to it. It’s roomy, breathable, and as a result, relaxing. Without clutter, even a small home can become a haven.
2. Minimises waste
Having too many things in your possession will mean lots of waste. Anything that remains unused for a long while will only take up valuable space. Eventually, if you will need that space, you will have not much choice than throwing away the thing, even if it’s in perfectly good condition.
There’s another thing. Throwing away things needlessly contributes to the growing rubbish problem that the world is experiencing. In other words, living with lots of clutter is also harmful to the environment. Thus practising minimalism is a great way to minimise waste and lessen your carbon footprint.
The best solution? Make the conscious decision to live with less stuff. Having only the essentials makes life easier and lighter. And yes, you do not need another planner to change your life and habits!
3. Makes you worry less
With more things comes more concerns. Let’s say someone owns two cars instead of one. That’s twice the cost needed for repairs, parts, and petrol. He will also have to maintain two vehicles instead of one. That’s twice the number of visits to the mechanic and twice the payment for the rego!
One more thing: will both cars fit in the garage? If not, then the other car will have to be parked outside. It will get wet, dusty, and would have a higher chance of it getting stolen. If safety is a concern, then the owner will have to build a wider garage.
Moreover, does this person get to use both cars at the same time? Most likely not.
Having more things may make one look wealthy, but it does make life a lot more complicated. “Looking wealthy” may be cool, and it may project a good image to others, but the added stress going on in the background is just not worth it.
Life is not about showing off. Living a good life does not mean flaunting objects of wealth. It is about being content and satisfied with having enough to live decently.
4. Makes tight spaces more bearable
In today’s world, space is a premium. With the cost of real estate reaching astronomical heights in many places, getting a place to stay is much, much more difficult. For this reason, living in smaller spaces has not only become a trend these days but a norm.
When space is tight, there is just not enough room for lots of stuff. Thus, living in a small space does encourage a minimalist lifestyle. Instead of hoarding unnecessary things, people only get the things they really need and make do with the space they have in their flats.
Living in small spaces also makes way for some very creative home furnishings, like beds that can fold into the wall, collapsible tables, and many others.
One nifty consequence of this kind of living is that it also forces people to move about. Living in a tiny flat requires a lot of moving things around the space, especially tables, chairs, and beds. Anything that is not fixed to one spot can be moved around depending on the situation. With that, people are always flexing their muscles every day. It’s a good minimalism workout tip 🙂
5. Saves you a lot of money
Before buying anything, ask yourself repeatedly if you really need it. More often than not, you will realise that most of the things you think you need, you don’t actually need, just like the car owner who has two cars.
How can minimalism help me save money?
Your bank account will be in the red much lesser when you only own things you need. That way, you will always have enough money to use in case of emergencies. Did car break down? No problem. Want to give some cash to help out your ailing parents? Done. Part of the house needs repairs right away? Fixed.
Also, the added savings allows you to make long-term plans more easily. Investing would no longer be a problem as you have the extra money to do so. You can find ways to grow your money, and in the future, you’ll find that you would have more than enough for what you need. No more worries when you get to retirement age.
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