October 4, 2017
“A minimalist lifestyle is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value.“
A minimalist lifestyle is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value. It is distinct from those living in forced poverty, as it is a voluntary lifestyle choice.
The benefits of a minimalist lifestyle:
• Focus more on the needs rather than the wants
• Fewer interruptions, less stress and more time to do the things you love
• Less focus on material possessions
• Create more, consume less
• Be content with what you have (peace of mind)
• Be more organized, find things easier
• Less of an impact on the environment
• Better health
How to adopt a minimalist lifestyle?
By adopting a minimalist lifestyle you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need. Less is more.
So you can strip away the excess stuff – the possessions and ideas and relationships and activities – that don’t bring value to your life.
Consider your priorities and values. By paring away everything unessential, the important things become clearer, keener, and more satisfying. So you can strip away the excess stuff – the possessions and ideas and relationships and activities – that don’t bring value to your life.
Declutter Your House. Start by clearing all the mess in your house. Divide all the things in 3 categories: Need, Donate/Sell and Dispose. Every item should have a specific place, that way you will even save time searching for things.
Own higher quality things. Minimalism is about quality over quantity. Live with less, but with the best. If you need to buy something, it’s usually better to go for quality, rather than cheap, because it’s better made and will last longer. The basic idea behind buying a quality piece over buying multiple pieces are that you get exactly what you want (or better) without spending more on cheap substitutes.
Simplify your wardrobe. Owning fewer clothes of better quality means you’ll always look good and you’ll spend less time deciding what to wear.
Simplify your financial life. Create a minimalist budget. Use minimalism as a way to filter out your true needs and wants, rather than being lost and confused in a world of desirable things, or feeling angry that you can’t live with less.
Seek life experiences over material possessions. The most fulfilling experiences don’t have to cost a lot of money.
Reduce your goals. Make a list of the things that you want to accomplish in your life and choose the two most important. When you accomplish a goal, then add another one to your list and work towards it.
Stop the gossip and complaining. Most negative emotions are completely useless. Being positive is important when maintaining a minimalist lifestyle.