The 10 Benefits of Minimalism

The 10 Benefits of Minimalism

I feel like there are so many benefits of minimalism that we don’t talk about

So today I collected some of them to share some knowledge / give you some ideas and motivation to start living a more minimal life

Being a minimalist doesn’t mean you own 15 things. It means every single thing you own adds value to your life.

If you absolutely love the golden cat statue on your desk, keep it!

You don’t have to wear black t-shirts every day. Unless you love wearing them. If you do, that is awesome, keep wearing them!

Minimalism is not about having a house with plain white walls and no decor in your home. It means you only own the decoration you truly LOVE.

But what are the benefits of minimalism? Is it even worth it? Should you try or continue to do it?

“Minimalism is a tool we use to live a meaningful life. There are no rules. Rather, minimalism is simply about stripping away the unnecessary things in your life so you can focus on what’s important”

Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

This quote from Joshua Fields Millburn helped me to understand that minimalism is different for everyone.

I find this beautiful because we can share our minimalist lifestyle methods with others so they can implement some of the ideas in their lives.

Here is my list of 10 benefits of minimalism and living intentionally:

#1 More time

Time is money, they say. If you’re slightly familiar with my blog, you know how much I love saving money. Therefore I also like to spend my time intentionally, to make sure I do things that add something to my life.

The most common time-stealing platforms are Social Media sites.

South America is the continent where social media time is the highest – 3 hours and 29 minutes.

People in Europe spend an average of 1 hour and 53 minutes on social media.

North Americans use social media for around 2 hours and 6 minutes daily

Source: https://review42.com/resources/how-much-time-do-people-spend-on-social-media/. 2021.02.18

Don’t get me wrong, I do have an Instagram and Facebook account, and I do spend some time scrolling through my dashboard BUT I really try to be more intentional when it comes to social media.

I use this trick:

You know there’s a point when you don’t even SEE what’s on your screen, you just brainlessly scrolling and scrolling.

That is the point when you should put your phone down and go do something else.

Set a time limit. For me, it’s 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, I do something else: this can be a quick walk around the house, do some cleaning, or if I don’t feel like it, I read a book or do some research on a random topic I’m interested in.

I just checked my social media use on my phone and turns out I’m the perfect example for the European user mentioned above. I spend an average of 2 hours on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest – although this is not a social media platform I use Pinterest quite a lot, that’s why I included it here)

I’m not saying I’m proud of this, but I think that’s not that bad.

Since I started to live a more simple life, I have so much more time for things that truly matter.

I don’t spend 30 minutes choosing the right outfit for the day, I know that everything in my closet is perfect for an average day.

I don’t spend hours walking around in Grocery stores, malls, or any of those places, because I only buy what I need. Window shopping is one of the most unnecessary things in my opinion.

#2 Cleaner computer = cleaner mind

I don’t know if it’s just me but if my desktop is nice and clean it feels better to turn my computer on. Declutter your computer desktop and organize the rest of it. You can find anything pretty easily if you have only 1-2 well-organized folders on your desktop.

It’s the same with my e-mail inbox; I decluttered my e-mail inbox last year and this was incredibly liberating. I unsubscribed from 90% of the e-mails and since then it’s so much easier to read and answer all my e-mails by the end of the day.

No more advertisements and junk mails. I love a clear inbox!

This might not be the biggest one of the benefits of minimalism, but keep in mind that these little things add up.

#3 One in-one out rule:

Or even better: One out, one in!

I probably just confused you even more, right?

Let me explain if you haven’t heard about this minimalism rule yet.

“One in, one out” simply means that you should only buy a certain item if you need it or you’re willing to replace one. This is the best way to avoid clutter.

My secret method for this one: I have an exact amount of hangers in my closet.

This way if I buy something, I need to get rid of something. Of course, I don’t throw clothes away, I either sell or donate them.

Before purchasing a piece of clothing I need to figure out if I’m willing to get rid of another one.

The goal is to own only the clothes you truly LOVE, so you don’t even want to buy new pieces.

#4 Moving is so much easier

Every once in a lifetime we move from one place to another.

Being a minimalist makes a HUGE difference.

Me and my partner just moved to our new place 2 months ago and let me tell you; Minimalism made it so much easier!

My significant other is not a minimalist and it really shows when it comes to moving.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with him not being a minimalist, it was actually quite funny how little I own compared to him.

I like to know that if we move again, I will not be super stressed, because I don’t own much stuff.

This is the most useful thing of the benefits of minimalism.

Moving is the perfect reason to declutter ALL your stuff.

Why would you bring your junk with you to the new place?

I’m pretty sure you will find things that you haven’t seen in months or years. Sell/donate them. If you haven’t used them for years, why would you keep them?

#5 Saving money

Minimalism is the BEST way to save money.

You already know how much I love budgeting. Minimalism and budgeting go hand in hand, since you buy less stuff, you spend less, which can be motivating when it comes to budgeting.

When I realized how much I spent only on clothes, I was shocked.

Ever since then I usually buy secondhand clothes, but only if I NEED new clothes.

Don’t buy anything just because you WANT it. This rule makes a huge difference.

You will have more room in your closet and more money in your wallet.

#6 Choosing your job

Okay. This one is the Queen of the benefits of minimalism for me.

You wake up, open your eyes. Hello, world!

Take a look around your room: Two piles of clothes on the floor, 3 mugs on your nightstand from last week, 4 books you started but never finished laying on the bookshelf. It is what it is.

You really should clean your room before work, but you don’t have time for that, because you can’t choose what clothes to wear, your favorite shirt is not washed, so you choose something mediocre that just “works”. Done.

You go to your 9-5 or 9-7 or 9-9 job to make a good amount of money because this is what you suppose to do. Done.

You get home so exhausted that you don’t even care about the two piles of clothes on the floor.

You order some food because who has time and energy to cook after work? Done.

And do the same thing tomorrow.

This sounds pretty devastating, right?

I’ve been there and I’m so glad that days are more simple now. There’s nothing wrong with a 9-5 job, I do work 9-5, but working more than that is unhealthy. We tend to forget, that we DO HAVE a choice when it comes to career.

You may have to choose between a higher salary and a calmer life. But believe me. It’s worth it. Oh, so much!

The best decision I made this year was that I quit my previous soul-sucking job and I got my current one which I actually like.

This was the first step I took to have more free time and start my blog. Which hopefully will become a full-time job in a couple of years.

Of course, you must consider the risk of changing your job, but if your current job does not allow you to do the things you love, you really should switch to another one!

This is the most liberating of all benefits of minimalism in my opinion.

Peace and mental health are so much more important than a high salary.

#7 Less cleaning

Since we don’t own unnecessary stuff, everything has its own place.

This makes cleaning so much easier.

Being a minimalist, I like to have a clean home. We don’t have a “don’t need to wash it out yet, but I wouldn’t put this shirt back to the closet” chair, clothes are either dirty or not.

I use my own cleaning products which make the cleaning process more enjoyable and actually cheaper.

It takes only an hour per week to clean out the whole apartment because we keep it clean during the week as well.

Owning less means less clutter and less cleaning.

#8 Priorities

This is definitely my favorite one of the benefits of minimalism.

Minimalism completely changed my mindset regarding money, time, life goals, family, and materialism. My priorities changed a lot over the last couple of years.

Since I realized that stuff doesn’t make me happy, I needed to find out what does.

These days I rather save money wherever I can, so I’ll be able to travel next year. Traveling gives me more enjoyment than anything I could buy.

As I mentioned, I quit my well-paying job this year.

Having more free time, energy and a much more peaceful mind is way more important than money.

Priorities.

I rather save money for bigger goals – like a house – than drinking coffee at Starbucks.

I rather own 30 pieces of clothing I absolutely love than buying new ones every month which are just average.

And most importantly: Relationships are above all.

Your parents, significant other, kids, relatives, and friends should be prioritized.

The people we love are more important than anything in this world.

These are my priorities, and it doesn’t mean you should have the same ones, but if you dive into minimalism, I’m pretty sure your priorities will change as well.

It’s pretty amazing to see and experience this transformation.

#9 More positive mindset

When you start to think differently, you realize how much you already have.

Without buying anything, I have everything I truly need.

My thoughts while sitting in the ER’s waiting room at 10PM

I came to this realization when I was sitting in the ER at 10 PM.

I know, that’s a little insane that one of these benefits of minimalism came to my mind in this situation – BUT when I was sitting there alone, in pain, I realized that all I want and need in life is health, family, money for basic needs, and a place to live in. That is all.

Ever since then I try my best to focus only on the things that truly matter.

Minimalism gave me so-so much positivity. I love the apartment we live in, I love all the clothes I own, I love my hobbies and I love that I have time for them.

When you start to focus on the things you love about your life, this whole game called life becomes a lot easier. Being positive even when life is hard can be a game-changer, it requires daily practice.

#10 Peace

Stress is huge problem these days. Minimalism is such a great “tool” to bring peace to your day to day life.

According to The American Institute of Stress:

– About 33 percent of people report feeling extreme stress

– 77 percent of people experience stress that affects their physical health

– 73 percent of people have stress that impacts their mental health

– 48 percent of people have trouble sleeping because of stress

Source: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/mental-health/stress/related/stress-statistics/

These statistics show that nearly everyone is stressed.

That is normal, it is part of everyone’s lives. To reduce stress, you should work on this every single day. These are my quick tips on how I reduced stress as much as I could:

Find your top 2 stress factors. For me, it was my previous job and the apartment we lived in.

Focus on these 2 things and find out how to change them.

If you cut out the main factors, every little stress you have other than these will probably disappear.

Baby steps: let’s say you absolutely hate your job.

Start with searching for other jobs, start a side hustle, like a blog.

I’m not going to tell you to quit your job tomorrow, but at least start to search for alternatives.

Don’t rush things: Changes take time, so you have to be patient. Rushing things generate more stress, so don’t make this mistake.

Take risks: When you find an opportunity to make your life more peaceful, don’t hesitate. I can ensure you, it is worth it!

Meditation and yoga/exercise can help a lot as well, try to implement these in your life to reduce stress on a daily basis.