10 Reasons You Need To Start Being A Minimalist
“The things you own end up owning you.”
-Tyler Durden, Fight Club
The essence of minimalism is that you reduce your possessions down to the bare essentials. The argument is that holding onto a plethora of materialistic things is what is holding us back from being spiritually rich and full. We get trapped in a vicious cycle of buying more things to give us temporary joy, until we slide back into depression.
Minimalism is actually becoming more and more popular around the world, as people young and old embrace it. Even families have started to adopt the minimalist lifestyle.
Lots of people do get apprehensive when they hear the word “minimalist.” All too often, they associate it with being a hippy or – worse still – a bum. They picture minimalists rooting through bins at night for food and living in destitute rooms with empty cupboards and peeling wallpaper.
Of course, that is no way to enjoy life. But that is not what being a minimalist is all about. Being a minimalist means finding your mojo via the least necessary means possible. It means de-cluttering your life so that you’re free to tap into who you really are. Instead of exploring the latest gadgets, you explore yourself.
Let’s take a look at 10 reasons why you need to start being a minimalist.
Travelling Becomes So Much Easier
No more stressing about what to pack and what not to pack for you, because all you need to take are the barest of essentials that you own.
You don’t need to struggle to the airport with three hefty suitcases, but can instead stroll up to the check-in desk with just the one bag.
You can then do your nails while everyone around you goes into meltdown when they realise they’ve left their spare underwear at home.
You’ll Spend Less Time Cleaning
Minimalists like their rooms to be clean and tidy. But they don’t like the idea of spending hours and hours each week trying to keep their rooms clean and tidy.
The answer to this? Having less stuff!
It’s really simply mathematics and it works like a dream. The easiest way to stay on top of a clean and tidy house is basically to just own less possessions.
You’ll See More Of Life
You’ll no longer be stuck indoors all day making sure you catch-up on all your TV shows and movies. You’ll be no longer miss out on walks in the park because you’ve lost track of time on Facebook.
Freed from these needless possessions, you’ll be able to get outside and see so much more of life.
You’ll Be Less Likely To Get In Debt
Total credit card debt in the UK by the end of 2015 was a staggering £63.5 billion. And that’s just the UK, which is actually a really small country in Europe.
Americans are weighed down with debt, and it is expected that it will take the average U.S around 10 years to pay theirs off.
That’s a lot of time and it’s a lot of money. It’s a burden.
The reason we get into so much credit card debt is because we splurge on too many unnecessary things. We buy expensive video games consoles, new cars, and so on.
When you go minimal, you can be sure that there’ll be no such thing as your “plastic friend.”
You’ll Have Less Stress
We’re certainly not suggesting that if you become a minimalist you’ll have no stress at all, but what’s definitely true is that if you live the minimal lifestyle you’ll have less stress.
Too much clutter all around us adds to our woes. A messy house can be the first catalyst of depression. When you have less junk around you, you feel better. You can actually walk around without stepping on a stray toy, and you know you’ve not got to worry about a tonne of packing and boxing whenever moving day comes around again.
You’ll Feel More Compassionate
When you give up a lot of stuff, you realise how much more you had than so many people. In turn, this can make you a more compassionate and empathetic person who makes time for those in need. You will also have more time to help others.
You’ll Have More Time On Your Hands
It’s a beautiful day today and you’re going to spend it down at the beach. Because you’ve got little stuff, nothing is holding you back. You’ve done all your chores and the day is yours to enjoy.
You ask your neighbours if they want to come too. But they can’t. They’ve got “stuff” to do.
“Such as?” you ask.
“Oh, you know. The usual. Gotta clean the house because the house won’t clean itself. Gotta fix the car later because it wasn’t starting yesterday. Gotta wait for the boiler man to come and install my brand new shower. Gotta phone the cable company because cable TV has gone down.”
And so on so on.
We humans are very good at killing our time by adding so much stuff to our lives. But not you – you’re getting wise.
You’ll Be Greener
More and more people are becoming environmentally conscious, and this is one of the prime reasons why a lot of people are becoming minimalists.
When you own less stuff, you’re reducing your impact on the environment.
At the end of the day, the earth only has a finite amount of resources but we’re all acting as though it has an infinite amount. It hasn’t. Cutting back now means future generations will get to enjoy a bit of life, too!
You’ll Actually Have More Money
You might be thinking that personal wealth is not something a minimalist cares all that much about. After all, since minimalists own few possessions, why would they care about making a profit?
More money means you can pay off any loans or debts you still have. It means you can travel more and live where you want to live. It means you can donate to charities, give to the homeless, take spontaneous road trips, watch more movies at the cinema, or even start your own business.
You’ll Be More Sociable
Remember the time your friends bothered you about going out that one night when you couldn’t make it?
“WILL YOU PLEASE STOP ASKING ME I’VE TOLD YOU I CAN’T GO OUT I’VE GOT SO MUCH STUFF TO DO!!”
That no long needs to happen. Freed from your trivial things, you’ve got more time and space to see your pals.