There are lots of writers out there that talk about the benefits of minimalism. The thing is, you’ve got to give up all your stuff, don’t you?
Many of the benefits that minimalists claim to see after minimising their stuff are really a part of self reflection that they didn’t make time for previously.
They were overlooking the things that they could put into action to start living a simple life.
Here are five benefits you can get by taking action now, and not having to get rid of your stuff to find them.
5 Benefits of Minimalism You Can Have Now (Without Giving Up All Your Stuff)
Spending less on things you don’t need
If you’ve ever gone on a shopping trip to “cheer yourself up” then this is the kind of thing that minimalists stop doing. They recognise that it isn’t things that cheer us up, it’s experiences and people that are the true things that make us feel better when we are down.
What can you do? Before you make that purchase ask whether you really need it. Does that skirt match anything else in your wardrobe? What occasion will you wear those pants to? Is that handbag really practical for you?
Can’t resist a multibuy offer? Consider if you really need three of something. Sure, the pennies can mount up, but if it works out you save 10p if you buy 3 things, you can save even more if you only buy the one.
Freedom from comparison
Since minimalists aren’t always looking to buy the latest gadget “just because”, they stop comparing themselves to others. Relationships can become better when you aren’t always competing to have the best phone, car, coat, and so on.
What can you do? Get comfortable with what you really need to be able to live your life. Is your phone serving a purpose? No need for a new one then. Do you love the clothes you have already? No need to go out and buy the latest fashion.
Many of the popular minimalists out there have seen a noticeable change in their health after turning to minimalism. Joshua Fields Milburn, of The Minimalists, lost 80 pounds when he turned his focus away from working on gaining and maintaining material things. Getting rid of his stuff helped to clear his mind.
What can you do? You don’t need to get rid of you stuff to recognise that your health should be important to you. It isn’t just about losing weight either. It’s also about setting boundaries in your life and eliminating stressful situations, making sure you take time off work, and giving yourself time to recover from illness, without feeling like you have to rush back.
Avoiding decision fatigue
It really is a first world problem, isn’t it? Minimalists list this as one of the benefits of minimalism and getting rid of your stuff. Decision fatigue is difficulty in making a good decision because of the number of decisions that need to be made in a day.
As a minimalist doesn’t have lots of things to wear they wear the same thing every day (or even have multiples of the same thing).
A minimalist doesn’t have to decide which crockery to use, because they only have one set.
Basically, when you only have a few things, you don’t have to make a decision about what you are going to use.
What can you do? Get rid of “decision fatigue” by setting rules for life.
Yeah, okay, it sounds a bit rigid but doesn’t have to be. It can be a simple as choosing to create a uniform or a particular outfit for each day of the week. You might have the same thing for breakfast every day or have Taco Tuesday and Fish Friday.
Decision fatigue (if it even is a thing) isn’t just about stuff, so you can eliminate it without eliminating your stuff.
You might even choose to roll a dice to make the small decisions, especially if you haven’t given it away.
Time for things that matter most
It’s kind of crazy that people are only finding time for things that matter most after they have become a minimalist or gotten rid of their stuff. Sure, it can take some time looking after a house and maintaining things that you own, but you don’t have to do all those things if it means not spending time with family.
What can you do? Firstly, make any chores a family thing. Life isn’t all about fun and games so getting any junior members of the house to join in makes them more able in life.
Then make the effort to plan in fun events and days out that you aren’t prepared to compromise on. Book time off work and don’t be swayed.
Next, set boundaries with work colleagues. No working on the weekends or emailing out of work hours.
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