How To Live a Minimalist LifestyleFeb 01, 2021
Today, the world is one big consumerism channel that so many people tune into and can’t tune out of it. The craze and desire to buy more driven by ads plastered on our TV, radio, and even on social media means you want to buy non-stop!
It’s cool to have all the stuff that you’d like, but it becomes too much at some point, and then you need to cut down. This is where minimalism comes in.
What it means to live a minimalist lifestyle
These days, minimalism as a word is so weighty that many people jeer at it and some think it’s trying to live the monk lifestyle when it isn’t.
Minimalism isn’t what you might have heard of. It isn’t living out of a cardboard box, or isolating yourself from people and any of life’s pleasures, or even selling your four-bedroom homes for a pint-sized cabin in the woods.
Minimalism seeks to reduce or eliminate our inner craving for a material-based lifestyle. It’s the opposite of what the ads tell you every day - spend more.
Having more money doesn’t equate to having more possessions, which is why it is essential to adopt an attitude of mindfulness and simplicity in your home and life and live by your means if you want to attain financial success.
This practice will let you see all of the beauty in your life and keep you from accumulating meaningless things and activities into your routines.
Minimalism didn’t start today. However, the concept has been around for a long time. Buddhists, for example, tend to shun material possessions for thousands of years.
Still, the practice became mainstream during the 20th century as writers, architects, photographers, and most importantly, artists adopted the idea.
Minimalism like all movements has changed over time, and thanks to minimalism proponents like Marie Kondo and websites such as Konmari.com and theminimalists.com, the practice is witnessing a resurgence. More and more people all over the world are beginning to see that less can be more.
Does becoming a minimalist help you achieve your financial goals?
Becoming a minimalist can significantly impact your finances positively in many ways, some of which include ridding you of debt, helping to save money, and become financially independent.
You can achieve your financial goals faster with a minimalist approach. Here are the ways minimalism can improve your finances.
- Get clarity on your core values: Minimalism helps you focus on what’s most important in your life and letting go of those that don’t. The most important things will typically revolve around your core values. Instead of spending mindlessly at the mall buying stuff you don’t need, saving towards a travel plan or mortgage would be most sensible, or you could donate clothes to those in need of them if you have your closet bursting with them. Find out what things and experiences matter to you and align your spending to these things.
- Buy Less, Spend Less: A discount is always a great thing, and who wouldn’t love a great bargain? However, this can lead to buying too much. Having determined your core values, minimalism will help you buy things that align with these values rather than something that don’t bring much satisfaction over a long period.
- Focus on paying off your debt faster: Spending less means you have more money to put against your debt, exit the debt cycle more quickly, and plan to achieve your financial and life goals.
- Peace of mind and contentment: One of the most important byproducts of minimalism is peace of mind and contentment. You will eliminate stress just by reducing clutter and spending only on the things that give you joy and contentment.
How can you live a minimalist lifestyle?
By now, you already know living a minimalist lifestyle will help you clear or store the clutter in your life and develop a new mindset that helps you live a more purposeful and peaceful life. If you are thinking of going the minimalist route, here are some things to keep in mind.
1. Evaluate your space and examine your priorities: The first thing to do when changing to a minimalist is to step back and observe. As you begin to see more details about your life, you can be more precise about what needs to change.
2. Declutter your home: To live less, means getting rid of things, although this can feel overwhelming and impossible sometimes once you commit to a clear out of your space, the decluttering process becomes less cumbersome.
3. Store the things you can’t part with: There are some items you cherish so much but won’t have space for anymore in your home. A great solution is to put them into storage.
4. Think before buying new things: One essential aspect of minimalist living is giving adequate thought to the things you buy or bring home. Before picking up that item that seems so cheap or necessary, ask if you really need it now.
5. Buy high-quality items that last: Having said that, when you do buy things, go out of your way to get things that are built to last instead of having to keep replacing your broken or worn-out items.
6. Be grateful for what you have: Minimalist living focuses primarily on contentment and gratitude for what you have. Focus on the beauty, convenience, and ease in your life. Feeling grateful for what you have will make wanting more gradually disappear.
A great way to start learning about minimalism is through books, and here are some outstanding books that will get you nodding your head and on the path to a much simpler life include:
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
- The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker.
- Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki
- Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
- Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus.
And It’s a Wrap
Minimalism is not for everyone, and you have to define your version of being a minimalist.
Creating your version of minimalism that works for you is one of the things that makes the lifestyle interesting.
The critical thing is to decide what is important to you the most and remove those that don’t align with your values.
Minimalism is pretty much about the end goal, and without a clear goal, it is hard staying focused and on track.
If you are going the minimalist route, start with one area like food budget and clothing as they are the two areas of our budget that tend to let us down, get your family involved, try it for a while and see the benefits for yourself.