I'm trying to live life as a minimalist, and I must say I'm really loving it. I've moved homes 5 times and am expecting to move some more.
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NOT a fad
First. Let's lay this out. Minimalism is not a fad.Well, okay, it can be. But it doesn't have to be. Minimalism is not some hobby you undertake for a while or some fashion trend you subscribe to while the popularity is hot. No. Minimalism is a way of life you assume and manage. Either you do it or you don't. You (and your partner/s, if you have one) must make a pact with yourself to fully commit to it for it to work. Else, you'll just be wasting your time and you may well end up depressed from the defeat and far worse than when you first began.
1. You Find Freedom When You Become a Minimalist.
There's freedom in letting go. And you start becoming a minimalist when you begin to let go of life's excess to focus on what's necessary and truly important. This action step may not be so simple and you might need to get rid of different kinds of excesses in your life, including:
- practices (or activities)
- and, sadly [some] people
That's almost a no-brainer.
Because you don't have unlimited time nor energy. You won't always have now. And you should be spending the best of your years on what and who's most important.
Because not all of them are worthwhile. Many of the pursuits of the young are due to boredom or misdirected energy, wrong motives, and pressure or cajoling. Don't get me wrong. We're talking about pursuit here, not passion. While all passions may be pursuits, NOT ALL pursuits are passions. I believe in passion and if a pursuit is borne from one's passion, then there's a big chance that that pursuit is pure and worthwhile.
Because some are just UNhealthy to be around with.
Now, when you begin letting go of these excesses, you begin to experience freedom. Whether newfound freedom or regained freedom, the experience is just monumental. And it's something any sane, self-loving person would want to replicate over and over in his lifetime.
When you let go of [and stop accumulating] possessions, you find freedom and resources to spend on people and experiences. Now there's freedom and means to choose what's immaterial over material. You're able to divert finances towards meaningful expenditures for people that matter to you and experiences like traveling and so on.
When you let go of excess practices, you find freedom and resources to expend on activities that matter to you and your loved ones. You can now invest time, energy, patience, emotion, and attention towards your kids, your spouse, and your parents even.
When you let go of excess pursuits, you find freedom to pursue the purest of your passions. Inspiration comes back and you can now make the investment towards fulfilling your own dreams; not those imposed by your family, not those prompted by need or obligation.
When you let go of excess personalities in your life, you find freedom to reconnect and prioritize time with those who matter foremost. Family used to be last on your schedule but now you have freedom to push them back up the list.
2. You Start Enjoying House Chores When You Become a Minimalist.
- Because there's less to do and manage.
- Because the process of tidying is simpler and faster.
- Because home and life are now better organized.Chores are easier when there is a place for everything and when everything has its place.
- Because you see and feel the difference. There's a point to what you're doing!
It's a pity when people dread doing things at home. The home is your primary and most important place. It is your abode. It is your place of retreat and refreshing. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, gardening; these should be joyful moments you share with your home. Your home is your sanctuary. It is your protector. It is only fitting that you do what you can for it out of a grateful and joyful heart. I didn't use to understand how some people are happy and content with housework and investing their lives into their homes. But as I grow older, I learn more and more that that is part of the most sensible and gratifying things you can do with your life.
3. You Find Peace of Mind When You Become a Minimalist.
When you let go of clutter, you find peace of mind. As you become a minimalist, peace of mind dawns on you. Conflict and stress cease [or lessen]. You come home less tired. You're not spent. Then there is calm and quiet. There is harmony. There is less distraction and destruction. There is no disconnect within you and within your surroundings. Your eyes flow smoothly from wall to wall. They pan the room and there's no eye strain; no eyesore. Your breathing becomes more relaxed. Even the air is purer, cleaner, and freer.
With life and home cleared of clutter, there is peace of mind. There are less possessions to secure. You can go on a trip anytime without apprehension because you have no problem leaving your stuff to enjoy life.
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4. You Become More Happy and Fulfilled When You Become a Minimalist.
With less things you know how and which to value more. You stop depending on purchases to make you happy. You stop feeding your lustful and deceiving eyes. You stop the looping cycle of getting more --> wanting more. Now, you realize that you don't need more to be more happy. You realize that what you have is what you need. You realize that what you have is enough. You realize that you can manage with what you have. You discover that you don't often actually need what you THINK you need.
With less things, you appreciate more. Your mate making you home brewed coffee has more value than going out to get Starbucks. The joy of eating a meal you cooked together is more gratifying than paying for overpriced buffets outside.
Little things and little wonders brighten your day again. You find happiness in nature. You find satisfaction with just spending time with your dog or with reading an interesting book.
5. You Spend Your Life IN THE NOW and FOR THE FUTURE When You Become a Minimalist.
To some extent, the opposite of a minimalist is a hoarder and an over-sentimental.
He is afraid to move forward. I can't dispose of my past. I must carry all these into my future.
He faces the future with so much baggage and fears. What if I still need this in the future. I must have this in case this happens.
He spends most of his emotions and attention in the past.
He accumulates memorarbilia he has no space for.
He always equates memories and value with things.
He can never let go of old, worn out stuff he already had good use for.
You gotta love that about becoming a minimalist. You start focusing on creating memories now and ingraining them in your memory banks rather than stocking them in your garage or attic. You also refuse to accumulate so that you can have room for what's important in the future.
There you have it; the Top 5 Perks of Becoming a Minimalist!
For Top 15 Ways to Decluttering Your Home and Your Life, check this out:
- Top 15 Practical Ways to Declutter Your Home and Your Life!
Enjoy the fruits of minimalism by decluttering your home (and your life!) in 15 practical ways.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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