Minimalism has been around for thousands of years, but it seems it is becoming increasingly popular lately. Perhaps that is because so many people, used to living a material life, are starting to question why all these “things” don’t make them happy, or even satisfied. Some are realizing that they can get more by living with less.

What is Minimalism?

Minimalism has several meanings; some are related to art and music, and others refer to interior design and architecture, Still others are political in nature. Minimalism can also be defined as a lifestyle that involves living with only what is necessary for happiness, health and general well-being. This article explains how to be aa minimalist and its benefits.

Advantages of Minimalism

Save Money

Saving money is a natural byproduct of simple living. When you see something you want, ask yourself if that item will improve your life in the long-term or if you would be better off with that money in your pocket. A trick I use is calculated how many hours I would have to work to pay for it and then consider if it is worth the labor.

Save Time

Buying less naturally means spending less which in turn means you can work fewer hours paying for things you don’t need. It also means that you have less stuff that you have to keep clean and organized, and you spend less time looking for things you need.

Peace of Mind 

Thieves don’t intentionally steal from minimalists. This does not stop you from being a victim of crime, but you will make a less attractive target that your flashy neighbor down the street. You will also sleep better if you don’t have to worry about how you are going to pay your bills.

Enjoy your Job

I spent years tied to a job that I hated because my bills were too high to start a new career or risk going into business for myself. If you can cut your debt and reduce your expenses, you will be able to find an enjoyable, fulfilling career without worrying about how much you can make. Often, in the long run, you end up making more money when you are passionate about your work.

become-a-minialistWhere to Start?

Firstly, pick a room, like a kitchen, and remove the things that you are sure you don’t want or need. Look for dishes, mugs, or pots and pans that you don’t use. If you have plastic containers, make sure every bottom has a top. If not, get rid of it.

In the bedroom, find clothes that you never wear or that don’t fit anymore. I have been saving pants that are a little small, because I intend on losing weight and fitting into them again. That’s fine, but be realistic. If they are way too small, get rid of them. If you eventually lose all that weight, congratulations, you deserve new clothes.

In the living room, think about your furniture. Is there anything that you don’t use that can free up some space? What about knick knacks? Does that coconut monkey mug from your last cruise add to the decor?

Do the same for each room of your home. If you still have doubt about whether you should keep something or not, keep it, at least until you are more comfortable with the thought of not having it. This will be the first draft of your future life. Once you realize the benefits of getting rid of rid of some of your excess junk, you will probably want to do it over and over again.

After you have sorted through everything and boxed up what you want to get rid of, what do you do with it all? I recommend having a garage sale, if possible. If you can’t do that, find relatives, friends or a charitable organization that could use your unwanted things. You can also sell on eBay or Craigslist, or perhaps you can bring some of your stuff to a consignment shop.

Then, when your unwanted items are gone, relax and remember how good it feels to have a home with less clutter. Let some time go by and repeat the process. Often during this period you realize that you don’t need, or even want, some of those things you were unsure of the first time.

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