Minimalism - owning less and living intentionally - is a simple concept, yet it's not automatically easy to adopt. Discarding the possessions which you have been socialized to think you need can be emotionally draining and requires the investment of time and energy, particularly in the early stages of decluttering. Nonetheless, it is one of the best decisions you can make and you’ll be amazed by how much it can improve your life. So, here are some of the best parts of owning less and consuming intentionally, which might just help persuade you if you’re not yet convinced about this lifestyle.
There’s less pressure to tidy and clean your living space.
Very few people like being surrounded by mess. It is distracting, anxiety inducing and ultimately unproductive. The fact is, when you have too much stuff, tidiness isn’t feasible without a ridiculous amount of effort. That’s why you focus so much better in a coffee shop or library; no personal possessions to tug at your focus. You’ll spent astonishingly little time cleaning your minimal living space and see it as a peaceful sanctuary. Just hanging up clothes, wiping surfaces and throwing away rubbish (plus the odd deeper clean) will be enough to keep everything in order.
You’ll have less desire to buy more unneeded stuff.
When your home is tidy and orderly, frivolous purchases seem less appealing. You’ll be put off buying anything which isn’t actually needed. Sticking to the 'one in, one out rule' (meaning each new item has to eject an old one) can make this even more noticeable. Instead of wasting little bits of money on pointless purchases, you can save for larger, or higher quality ones, such as holidays.
You’ll be able to find what you need quickly.
This might just be the best part. When there's less clutter obscuring what you’re looking for, it’s super easy to find it. Particular t-shirts, pens, chargers and so on are easy to locate- no more panic.
You’ll have a clearer mind.
Minimalism can have a psychological effect. Many people find that they can think better in simpler surroundings. Focusing is easier when your line of vision is less disturbed by mess.
You’ll feel freer and less tied down.
An overload of belongings is suffocating and can be a hindrance. That’s why moving house is one of the most stressful experiences. Less stuff to pack can only make it less difficult. Possessions can also breed guilt - clothing which is rarely worn, unused stationary or unappreciated gifts all become burdens. What you own should serve you, not the other way round.
You’ll experience more visual satisfaction.
A clear living space is beautiful. Items which look nice have room to be displayed, like plants, books, and shoes. Practically all interior design magazines or Pinterest boards are dominated by soothing clear surfaces and white walls.
What benefits of minimalism have you discovered, or would you like to if you're just adopting this lifestyle?
Rosie Leizrowice writes about minimalism, style, productivity and happiness.