Minimalism has become a trendy lifestyle option in the last decade, but minimalism isn’t just about stark, Scandi-style decor. At its core, embracing a more minimalist lifestyle is an inward journey that’s benefits are much more profound than just a tidy home. The journey might start with clearing the clutter but it usually continues with a deeper look inwards. A look at the most important things, how we spend our time and how we love others. I define minimalism as:
“The intentional promotion of the things we most value by removing anything that distracts us from them. It’s about creating freedom. When we own fewer possessions, we liberate precious energy, time, and focus that we can direct toward more meaningful pursuits.”
After almost 3 years of living a minimalist lifestyle, these are the reasons I think it is worth trying.
You’ll have more clarity and vision
After a few years of minimising, I felt more clarity and focus about my future than ever before. The thing is; when we strip away the excess and stop filling all the gaps it’s easier to sift through what’s left and see what’s important. Slowing down and minimising my physical possessions was critical in making sure I could focus again and spend my time wisely.
Your goals and dreams will become a reality
Being constantly overwhelmed by clutter in our homes or on our calendars makes it near impossible for us to achieve any of the goals and dreams we might have. I have simplified my overall life to the point where I have created enough space and time to focus on my goals and what matters to me.
It’s how you give your best to those you love
If you don’t have time for the people in your life then you are probably doing too many things that don’t really matter. It’s that simple. I want my people to get the best of me. Not just the rest of me.
You’ll have more time to do what you love
Time is our most precious commodity. We can’t buy it, we can’t get it back and most of us spend it far too frivolously. By minimising you will have more time to invest in what you love to do.
Your mental health will improve
Our environments affect how we feel. Clutter increases the effects of anxiety, stress, and depression. Extra things in our home take up space in our minds, and it’s especially true for those of us who identify as highly sensitive. Cluttered environments overwhelm our senses with things that aren’t necessary. Clutter reminds us of unfinished jobs, lost opportunities, and bad decisions and causes guilt and frustration. Everyone deserves a home that is a reprieve from the often chaotic outside world. Everyone deserves a home that is a safe haven and contributes to their mental wellbeing.