All of our lives, our American society has taught us that bigger is better and the accumulation of possessions is rewarding. But there is much joy to be found in simplifying our lives through a minimalist lifestyle.
Though minimalism can be defined in many different ways, there’s typically one common unifying theme to the movement: a philosophy of living simply or living with less.
“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value in life by removing anything that distracts us from it,” says Joshua Becker, the writer of the Becoming Minimalist blog.
In his blog, Becker shares 21 powerful benefits of pursuing and living a minimalist lifestyle by owning less.
- Spend Less.
Choosing to accumulate only the essentials often results in financial freedom. Spending less on things you don’t really need will cut your financial expenses and increase your savings.
- Less Stress.
A minimalist home is significantly less stressful. Being able to freely move around and enjoy your home is a huge weight off your shoulders.
- Easier to Clean.
The fewer things in our home, the fewer things there are to clean. This makes cleaning a significantly easier chore.
- More Freedom.
The sense of freedom that comes from minimalism is truly refreshing. You will no longer feel tied to the material possessions in your home and you’ll feel a new sense of independence.
- Good for the Environment.
The less we consume and buy, the less damage we do to the environment.
- Be More Productive.
Our possessions consume our time more than we realize.
- Example for my Kids.
These are valuable life lessons they will never learn in the media.
- Support Other Causes.
Money is only as valuable as what we choose to spend it on.
- Own Higher Quality Things.
More is not better… better is better.
- Less Work for Someone Else.
Create a less stressful life today and lessen the burden on someone else too.
- Be Happier.
Owning fewer possessions makes you happier.
- Do Work You Love.
Own less stuff. Choose work you love.
- Freedom from the Comparison Game.
Our culture begs us to own more.
- Time for Things that Matter Most.
The more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you.
- Visually Appealing.
Make your home more appealing.
- Not Tied to the Past.
Release the past to create a better tomorrow.
- Less Places for Your Heart.
Invest your heart into meaningful things.
- More Opportunity for Rest.
Take a deep breath.
- Find Things Easier.
Own less clutter. Find stuff quicker.
- Live in a Smaller Space.
Downsizing can open the doors to a larger life.
- Display What You Value Most.
Communicate what is most important.
Living more simply does not happen overnight. The Becoming Minimalist blog provides many tips on how to get started with a minimalist lifestyle. You can find the blog here.