What is to be gained from living a less consumptive life?

In the first part of our minimalist series, I explored why there is no right way to be a minimalist. The next logical question is why you would want to pursue a minimalist lifestyle and be a ‘minimalist’?

1) More Money in Your Pocket. When you have identified what is important in your life, naturally, you won’t be spending your money on things you don’t need. Whether that means you stop buying lattes, you ditch your weekly trip to the mall, or you cut your cable cord, minimalism can help you keep more of your money. Check out Cait Flanders (formerly Blonde on a Budget) to learn more about how her shopping ban helped her pay off her debt.

2) More Free Time. Once you start looking at your life through a minimalist lens, you might notice that some things in your life are no longer priorities. Maybe you start saying ‘no’ to commitments to reduce stress (like Courtney Carver who left her high-stress job to focus on her health after an MS diagnosis) or spend time with your children.

Once you start making those decisions, your time becomes your own. This means you will start to have more time for things you are truly passionate about like volunteering (like Joshua Becker), or your side hustle.

3) More Space. There are a couple of ways you can have more space through minimalism. The first one is obvious: physically. If you choose to do any amount of decluttering, you will end up with a more spacious living space, regardless of the size of your home. And, no, your house does not need to be spartan, bare and white to qualify as minimalist.

The second ‘space’ minimalism can help create is less obvious. Donating, selling or repurposing belongings that no longer add value to your life, can be a very cathartic and freeing process. Giving yourself permission to let go of all the physical baggage you have been holding into ‘just in case’ can create some mental clarity and emotional space. If you have ever felt overwhelmed by your ‘stuff’, you know what I’m talking about.

If you choose to embrace some version of minimalism, you might find you end up with less; less stress, less worries, less debt and less clutter.

Who wouldn’t benefit from a little less?

 

 

About the Author
Brittany is a marketer by day and a minimalist by night. She is the creator of Tiny Ambitions, an online space for exploring simple living, tiny houses and minimalism. She lives in Ontario with her cross-eyed rescue cat, Bacall and is currently saving to build her own tiny house. You can connect with Brittany over at Tiny Ambitions, or on Twitter.