Minimalism and How it Changed My Life. 5 Benefits of Owning Less

We’ve all heard of the phrase “less is more”. After several months of organizing and reorganizing my living space, I can safely say that I am most satisfied with living a simpler lifestyle.

Minimalism…What is it?

An alternative lifestyle where you simplify and downsize to only the essentials. There are different methods of incorporating minimalism into your lifestyle, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Eventually you will find what fits your lifestyle. It may take time to find the right method for you but here are a few benefits on why it is worth giving it a try.

1. You will have a clean, open space. Fewer items, means less opportunity for items and dust to pile up. Let’s face it, cleaning is tedious. One of my biggest problems was getting rid of clothes I no longer use. Some had sentimental value, others still had the tag on them and were never worn so I felt bad getting rid of them. Finally enough was enough. I decided to only keep what I wear the most and everything else was either donated or thrown away if it was no longer in wearable condition.  That means the cleaning process becomes quicker and easier.

2. You will feel a decrease in stress. With clothes everywhere, an unmade bed, and other unnecessary items accumulating all over your living area it can become very easy to feel overwhelmed when getting for work or school. Finding a specific article of clothes, an assignment or even your keys can become a nightmare, causing your day to start off on the wrong foot. When everything is in its proper place, you eliminate the negative experience of running around flustered , by grabbing what you need and heading out to have an amazing day.

3. You will own higher quality items. Instead of buying little things here and there, I saved my money for higher quality clothing, accessories and furniture. This prevents you from constantly spending money and also gives you the feeling of reward when you buy something nicer.

4. You are supporting the environment. Constantly purchasing gadgets, clothing and other accessories impacts the environment. These things will eventually wear out and need to be thrown away, further filling in our landfills.

5. You will start embracing experiences rather than objects. Ask yourself if you really need this in your life or would you rather obtain memories and experiences. An example of this is travel. The moment I started traveling I realized I rather enjoy the memories I make when I travel to a new country and become a part of the culture and environment rather than accumulating objects that sit at home and gather dust.

              Check out my video for some ideas on how I organize my room.

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