The Benefits of Minimalism & How To Live a Simple Life

Minimalism is swiftly becoming a popular lifestyle trend all across the globe. From the massive tiny-home community, to a growing population of people who are looking to cut their tie to stuff and things. There are a lot of different reasons that people choose to embrace a more minimal lifestyle, but no matter what the motivation, it’s a lifestyle that seems to suit many. Everyone is different, and has a little bit of uniqueness to them. As such, a minimalist lifestyle isn’t necessarily for anyone and everyone. That being said, a minimalist lifestyle is very beneficial to those it suits best and can help individuals create a simple life in their own vision that brings them fulfillment, joy, and continual contentment. 

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.”

Joshua Becker

Decluttered and De-Stressed

Decluttering a space is cathartic in a few ways. The items that we keep and store around the house are a part of our environment. As such, they influence the feng shui of a room, house, or work-space. These items also collect and hold onto various energies that flow through the space in which they’re kept. As such, throwing away clutter and old pieces of decor can be energetically rejuvenating. This can also make an environment less stressful to stay in. With less clutter holding onto negative energies, more open space, and a cleaner environment, people that have embraced a minimalist lifestyle report that they feel less stressed out by the spaces in which they spend most of their time.

“There is a major difference in the way that I wake up and get my day started. It’s like our physical environment reflects our mental one, so if you can declutter and de-stress your physical environment, your mental landscape will also feel less cluttered and less stressed.”

– Amy Keller, Co-Founder & CEO, FAVES

A Sharper Focus

Another reason that many professionals and high-achieving individuals live by some minimalist guidelines is that it can help them stay focused on their priorities and the things that they value the most. When we empty out our spaces of unnecessary possessions, it helps us hone in on the things we keep that we value the most. Minimalism doesn’t mean you can’t own anything, it just takes a seriously critical look at the volume of possessions that are attached to an individual. By shedding and purging the pieces and possessions we’ve held onto for little or no reason, our focus is sharpened and turns toward the items we retain with intention. 

“When I started to go through the process of sorting my belongings and really deciding what I wanted to keep and what I didn’t, I could feel a change happening within myself. By the time I finished, I was really happy with the items I decided to keep, and felt a whole new sense of appreciation for them.”

– Katy Carrigan, CEO, Goody – 

Saving Money

This one should be pretty obvious for anyone and everyone. With minimalism comes less stuff. As such, embracing a minimalist lifestyle is a great way to build a budget-friendly life. Everyone is trying to save money where they can these days, especially with the economy in the position that it is right now in the middle of 2022, and historically high gas-prices. 

With a more frugal and budget-conscious consumerbase, minimalism is an attractive lifestyle for a major percentage of the economy. 

“There’s no doubt about it, when I started embracing a minimalist lifestyle, I saw it in my wallet, checking account, and savings account almost immediately. It’s just easy for us to collect and collect and collect, but at the end of the day, it’s the quality of people in our lives that matters the most. Not how much stuff you have.

– Ryan Azimi, Director of International Development, ETIAS

Creating a Life In Your Own Vision

Another major selling point for minimalism is that it allows for people to really create their life in their own vision. When you’re able to take your focus off of possessions, belongings, and all the other stuff we love to collect, you can put that same energy, time, and money toward building a life that truly fulfills you and brings you closer to your dreams. 

It isn’t easy to find a dream job that you’ll love every single day, but you can certainly take steps to align your daily actions with your end-goals. Embracing a minimalist lifestyle can help you identify what your goals are, and give you the time and space you need to reach them. 

“It wasn’t until I started purging my house of all the crap I’d collected over the years that I was able to really see my path forward. I don’t know if it’s the case, but I certainly contribute a lot of my success to the mental stability and freedom I learned through minimalism. There was just more space in my mind.”

– Lilian Chen, Co-Founder & COO, Bar None Games

More Freedom and Flexibility

Everything considered, minimalism is about embracing freedom and flexibility, it’s about creating a life that fulfills an individual through action, accomplishment, and interaction, rather than the collection and possession of things. By embracing a minimalist lifestyle, one is able to more fully separate themselves from worldly possessions and shift their focus to the things that bring them their life the most love, light, and joy. 

““Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.”

Linda Breen Pierce, 1947 –

Wrapping Up on Minimalism 

Minimalism is different for everyone. As such, one minimalist’s life may look completely different than another’s. This is partially the point. By embracing minimalism, individuals free up a big portion of their mental bandwidth that was previously occupied with environmental clutter and can use that extra mental energy to focus on building a fulfilling life in their own vision that brings them continual contentment. 

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