Benefits Of Living A Minimal Life

benefits of living a minimal life
Benefits Of Living Minimal

What Is A Minimalist Lifestyle

Simply put, minimalism is living your life with only the things you need.
So often we find ourselves “keeping up with the Joneses” and trying to make more money so we can have nicer better things as if we are in this big competition called life.

Not to say that those who live a minimal lifestyle do not have nice things, they certainly do.
The difference between the things that a minimalist owns vs. the average person is the intention and value behind each item in their lives.

A person who is living the minimalist lifestyle doesn’t own anything that could potentially distract them from their core values.

My family is pretty close to having a truly minimal lifestyle right now. We are trying to downsize our nonessential possessions so that we can focus on family relationships. It has been difficult for me personally to not compare myself to others who have more possessions than us. I grew up in nice houses with a lot of possessions myself and I want to pass along some different values to my children than I personally had.

As much as it was so cool to have the latest and greatest gadgets growing up, I would have much rather had a better relationship with my Dad. I would have much rather tried to strengthen my relationship with my step-mom instead of comparing whatever was new and shiny in my life with my friends. I feel I would have learned the value of relationships much sooner than I did. I was lucky to find a husband who was able to teach me a lot about family values.

Benefits of Living The Simple Life

There are some obvious benefits of living a minimal lifestyle such as less clutter in your life.
However, there is so much more than that. Minimalism goes beyond clutter. It has a lot to do with relationships and self-awareness.

Clear Mind

Our physical possessions are very much linked to our mental and emotional health.

When we take the time to declutter our homes, our mental clarity and peace of mind are very much affected.

How does it feel when you finally take care of that project you’ve been putting off for a while and you finally got it tackled one Saturday morning? Probably pretty proud of yourself for finally getting your butt into gear and finishing something that was on your mind for a while.

Clutter affects our mental clarity in a big way. Personally, clutter gives me anxiety. Anxiety does not provide clarity. A clean and organized home is my personal secret sauce to happiness.

Self Confidence

Living a minimal lifestyle brings out self-confidence in people because you feel good about yourself without having a bigger boat than Bill or a nicer house than Janet. You are confident because no matter what you own, you have this posession because that is what makes you happy, not because you thought someone would be jealous of it.

Stronger Relationships

Have you ever noticed that some people want to be your friend because you have something nice, and not because they really like you? Yeah, those people are not your friends.

How amazing is it to create relationships with others based on similarities that are not based around possessions?

Creating connections with people based on lifestyle similarities such as having a love for hiking in the mountains, provides much better value to your life overall. Possessions break or go out of style anyway, so the friends who are your friends because of your possessions, won’t stick around anyway.

Creating Memories

I don’t know about you but when I was a child I received a lot of gifts for Christmas and Birthdays. The thing is though, I don’t remember all the toys I received… I remember the get-togethers with family, the silly jokes that my Grandpa made and the amazing food my grandma put on the table.

Nothing beats memories. I like to think back on those days spent with family and think about how much love my family had for me and the warm glow of the happy family that warms my heart to this day.

Extra Cash

Well, it’s no secret, if you’re focusing less on possessions, you’ll have more money in your pocket. You can live a frugal lifestyle when you are living minimally but you don’t have to stop buying things altogether.

If there is an item you need, you should go buy it (or try to find it second hand and reduce the carbon footprint in a small way). Plus, if you aren’t buying everything in sight that you desire when there is something that you need, you’ll have the money needed to buy this item without financial strain.

How to Live A Minimalist Lifestyle

Living minimally is not rocket science. Anyone can do it. There are only a few steps that can help you get started.

  1. Write Down You Reasons For Wanting To Live Simply
  2. Go Around Your House And Donate Anything That You Have Double Of
  3. Minimize Your closet (Try The Rule Of 33)
  4. Start An Emergency Fund and Reach $1000
  5. Eat Similar Meals Rather To Simplify Meal Times
  6. Travel Lightly (Going for 4 days? Pack for 2 days and wash your clothing)
  7. Say No To Items You May Not Need That You Do Want

These are 7 simple ways you can start to live a minimal lifestyle today. You’ll have money in the bank, a decluttered home, easy meal times and more self-control when you go shopping.

My biggest struggle is shopping. I’m always thinking we NEED something when in all fact reality, we could probably go without it.

I’ve gotten to the point where I use the Walmart and Superstore click and collect options when picking up my groceries so that I can avoid the temptation to purchase another organization bin or that extra set of headphones that I don’t really need.

*Pro Tip: I added my grocery list to both Superstore and Walmart websites and just went with the one that was cheaper! Sometimes it’s Walmart, sometimes it’s Superstore, so I have to do a comparison every time. I save $30-50!

Maintaining Your Minimalist Lifestyle

It’s pretty simple to maintain your lifestyle if you remember why you started living this way in the first place.

Remember that when we remove excess stuff from our life, we get more time and more freedom.

Although it can be overwhelming trying to say no to the things you may be wanting. I mean you see commercials for everything, everywhere. On your phone, laptop, TV… literally, everywhere you look you are faced with temptation.

Sometimes you see something enough times you begin to believe that you NEED it.

Be super ruthless about the clutter around your home. If you are making a sandwich for the kids, clear it up right away or if you bring in your mail, sort it and file it appropriately before it becomes a giant mess.

Be picky about what you are bringing into your home.

And last but not least, stay true to your reason for starting a minimal lifestyle. Living minimally is not the norm, and you can sometimes feel like an outsider. But if you remember WHY you wanted a clutter-free life (clear mind, stronger relationships..) then you should feel confident about the choice that you made.

If anyone tries to give you a hard time about living the minimal lifestyle, you just reply with something like “ this lifestyle works for me, it’s not for everyone”

Keep it simple, keep it minimal.

There are many benefits to living the simple, minimal life. Building stronger relationships and keeping a clear head #LivingMinimal #MinimalLifestyle #DeclutterMind

Do you have any minimal living tips you want to share? I would love to hear about them!

40 thoughts on “Benefits Of Living A Minimal Life

  1. I think the one key beliefs that resonate with me is creating memories. They are more meaning full when they are authentic and there are no distractions. Thanks!

  2. I need to adopt this way of living!! How can one 3 year old have this many toys?! You have inspired me to do some decluttering today! Thank you!

    1. So wonderful, I am so happy to hear that :)! I am always decluttering toys, and we always seem to get more of them from relatives. Frustrating!

  3. Wow great post! I love how you share how living a minimalist life can enhance relationships and self awareness! I hadn’t even thought about this but it makes so much sense! Thank you for sharing!

  4. These are awesome tips and ideas for living minimalist. I agree with you that a clean, clutter free home is my key to happiness! I also would rather make memories with my family than by them the latest gadget. Great post!

  5. We’re downsizing soon and this post really hits home for me. I want to be able to spend less time maintaining a lifestyle and more time actually living a lifestyle. Now I’ve just got to get my three-year-old onboard! HA!

  6. I need to really take a step back and look at minimalism again. I feel so overwhelmed with all the belongings we have but oh man is it ever hard to find the time and ambition to declutter it all. Thanks for the great tips and reasons why this will be good for my family and I.

  7. Good reminders here. It’s amazing that simplifying and streamlining so much in our every day life leaves space and room for more meaningful ideas and pursuits. Thanks for sharing — Paige Bainbridge (paigebainbridge.com)

  8. I love the benefits of living a minimalist life, when life is not cluttered with unnecessary, “extras” the things that matter most come to the surface! I’d rather have memories with my family compared to things! Thanks for sharing!
    xo – Kam

  9. This is something that I’ve wanted to work on for some time. I have never put it high enough in importance to actually do it. You’re right in what it can do for you though. Thanks for bringing it back into focus for me. Anything that i can accomplish toward this goal will be a victory.

  10. This is something to strive for in my near future. It’s hard with my parents constantly giving my sons gifts and whatnot. It will be a slow process since they are so spoiled by their grandparents.

  11. This was interesting to read. I’ve heard all of the points made before, except self confidence. That’s awesome that your minimalist lifestyle gives you that boost of self confidence.

  12. Great post! This is something that I really do want to do, but I struggle with materialism. I’m kind of a techy guy, so gadgets are my addiction, and since both my wife and I have a digital business and we’re both visual artists, it’s easy for me to get wrapped up in trying to stay current with the latest tech trends. I sometimes have to remind myself that many of these devices are meant for people with larger incomes and who live different types of lives. It’s easy to say no to a 50″ 4K TV cuz I don’t really watch TV that much..but it’s far more difficult for me to fight the urge to purchase new components for my computer, even though it works just fine for my needs the way it is. Lately I’ve just tried to remember who I am and what I do, and keep things in that realm so I don’t get hungry for more stuff. Thanks for writing this post, it’s probably something I NEEDED to read. I’m gonna continue my quest to live a much simpler life so my wife and I can have the freedom we want.

  13. I like the more cash idea. Traveling lightly would probably be a tough one for me. Three day trip and I’m always packing for six.

  14. I love these tips and the idea of living more minimally. Having lots of stuff does create more stress, especially when it begins cluttering up your house. We really don’t need as much as we think we do!

  15. I’ve definitely become less interested in physical objects as I get older. I used to always want to buy souvenirs when I went on vacation, but now I don’t feel the need anymore – which means more money for actual traveling!

  16. We’re in the process of decluttering – I don’t think I really need boxes and boxes of pictures my students drew for me, but I’ve taken photos of them all and put them on my hard drive. Easier to look at, and take up a lot less space. Win-win!

  17. I have a thing where I’m pretty “extra” I always go to events and parties because I love to create memories and experiences, but I also like to surround myself with pretty things. I don’t think I would be able to live a minimalistic life, but kudos to everyone else who can.

  18. I never thought of minimalism before, and it does inspire some change in my life. I don’t shop too much, but there’s definitely too much stuff in our house – mainly, kids toys and books. But I am not sure I’d take my books away, as I do cherish each one of them.
    But it’s the approach that’s interesting : what can we eliminate in order to focus more on our relationships? If I were truly honest, that would be my smartphone. It does not take so much physical space, but too much mental space.

  19. Awesome post! I I wish I could de clutter most of my life and be more minimalistic! You’ve inspired me!

  20. I learned that living a simple and minimalist life keeps me out of stress, and makes me more resilient. I dont have to worry of anything.

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