Imagine going to the store and not being tempted to buy another decoration for your home simply because you don’t believe it is necessary.
Or, imagine being able to go into Target, and stick to your shopping list. (Yes, this is possible) These are things a minimalist would be able to achieve.
I got into minimalism when I watched Marie Kondo on Netflix, and read her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and also when I watched the documentary called Minimalism on Netflix and read their book “Everything That Remains “.
After watching Marie Kondo, and Minimalism and reading their books, my life made a huge change for the better. I went from being a sloppy, unorganized, messy over-spender, to being a clean, organized, frugal, minimalist saver within one month.
If you want to live a minimalist lifestyle, you must read the books mentioned above, or watch the show & documentary to help you get started.
Minimalism is for you if you:
- want to save money
- want to live in a clutter free home
- love being clean and tidy or
- want to be able to overcome shopping temptations
Well, I used to be a shopaholic. I would go to Target for shampoo, and leave with $120 worth of clothing. My budget suffered and I could have saved hundreds of dollars if I was a minimalist back then. So, that’s what this post is about, what minimalism is, and the benefits of minimalism.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is where you own the amount of items you need in order to live comfortably. Minimalism is about living with less things.
For example, I once had a white sweater that I bought second hand. It was my favorite sweater, and I only had the one white sweater.
In attempt to practice minimalism, I wore it once a week for one full year. After the year went by, it eventually got dirty and had a hole in the sleeve. At that point, it was acceptable to replace it.
I hope you get the point. I lived with one good quality sweater I liked, instead of owning five sweaters I did not really like or wear.
A minimalist doesn’t feel tempted to buy things because they understand it is not essential to have them. They have discipline and control over their desires. Most items in life, we do not need.
A minimalist will make the most of what they have. They will make an effort to keep their place tidy and organized. The opposite of a minimalist is a hoarder. They collect and collect and have a hard time letting go of things. Minimalism is the opposite of being a hoarder, and by adopting this lifestyle, it is easy to get rid of things.
Benefits of being a minimalist
Ever since I became a minimalist, I have discovered so many benefits that drastically improved my life. Let me share with you my discoveries.
- You can save a lot of money
Why? Because a minimalist will not go shopping unless it is essential to living. A minimalist will not be tempted to buy things that are not on their shopping list. Personally, I stopped buying new clothes after becoming a minimalist. I ended up donating most of my clothes, clothes I once bought thinking I would like or need.
Let go of this idea that you’ll be happier with the more clothes you own, or the more decorations your home has, because it will never bring your true lasting happiness.
2. You will have a clean/organized home
Minimalism encourages you to let go of items that do not serve a purpose. You will be left with the things you need. A minimalist home, is simple, clean and organized.
Here are some photos from my parents home to demonstrate what non-minimalism looks like. I came over to visit and this was the guest bedroom. The first two photos are the room before, and the last photo on the right is after I cleaned it.
It is easy to collect things over time, and harder to get rid of them the longer you keep them.
This is an example that if you are not a minimalist, you will not have a clean and organized home.
3.You save time by having less to clean
Yes, when you own less things, cleaning your home becomes easier. In addition, if you have less clothes, it is easier to get dressed because you only own what you love. I used to look through my closet over and over again to be frustrated with all of the clothes I didn’t like.
Now, my closet only has my favorite items and it is easy for me to get dressed.
Also, as shown in the photos before, it took me hours to clean that bedroom. If it was already organized, the only thing I would’ve had to do was make the bed.
4. You will find happiness in life/people, not in things
If there is one thing the documentary minimalism really highlighted was that, being a minimalist opens your mind to cherish people, and not things. What is truly important in life is the people in our lives, and not the amount of clothes or things we own.
We shouldn’t seek happiness by owning things. Things, and items serve to make our lives easier. People serve to make our life happier and more fulfilling.
At the end of our lives, we will not be thinking, “I wish I would’ve spent more time shopping on unnecessary items” we will be thinking that we wished we spent more time with loved ones.
Happiness will not happen because you own more things. It is the opposite. When you are left with the essentials, you will discover less is often more.
As a financial coach, I need to introduce lifestyles that enable you to save money. I need to show you the practical ways I have proven to live on a budget and still go to school without taking on loans.
My secret? Being a minimalist!
It is my genuine goal to help you to stop spending your hard earned money on useless, unnecessary items that take up too much space in your home. My goal is to help you allocate your hard earned money into things that will pay you back.
So, minimalism is a very real way to save money. I’d rather you spend your money on a book that teaches you something valuable, than buy a shirt that teaches you how to spend money and donate it to a thrift store after a year or two.
If you want to live a lavish lifestyle, buying all brand new things and having a walk in closet, so be it. But just know, those things will not bring you happiness. I do not have a walk in closet, I have a used car, and all of my cloths are second hand, yet I am beyond happy. Happiness is a mindset, not a place, and not a tangible item.
Call to action:
I challenge you to look at your home and determine if you could benefit from adopting a minimalist lifestyle. You do not have to be extreme and get rid of everything. Start small, and build from there.
I challenge you to look at your spending habits, and determine if you are guilty of buying unnecessary trinkets and items that you do not need.
If you want to save money, and live a more organized, happy lifestyle, trust me when I say, minimalism will help you achieve those things.
Keep what is essential, keep what is loved, and let go of the old things that do not serve you anymore.
Read the books:
Watch the show and documentary on Netflix:
- Marie Kondo
- Minimalism is a lifestyle that enables you to break free from consumerism.
- Minimalism has many benefits including: saving money, having a clean home, more time to yourself & happiness.
- Read the books mentioned above and change your life for the better.
I guarantee, this lifestyle will change your life for the better. If you need a reason to overcome being unorganized and messy, this is your reminder. I changed, and so can you.