“Of course there are the obvious upsides of having less clutter — like fewer opportunities for your possessions to jump out of the hall closet at you next time you open the door to find your coat. But the real benefits of minimalism stretch much deeper — and wider — than that.”
– Allison Vesterfelt
If you’re questioning whether spending all that time decluttering your home and better organizing your schedule is worth it, stop. The answer is an unqualified yes. Merely having less stuff crowding our homes is wonderful, but the benefits of minimalism don’t stop there.
Minimalism is truly life-changing.
Depending on your personality, lifestyle and obligations, you may choose to take on the Herculean task over the course of a few weeks or months to get everything in shape. As a mother and lawyer, I preferred the gradual minimalist route, taking a couple of years to be in a position to downsize.
This allowed time for work, family and relaxation, but you may have fewer time constraints or just want to get done as quickly as possible.
Regardless of how you do it, begin simplifying now to reap the rewards of minimalism.
Benefits of Minimalism
Becoming minimalists helps us have more:
- Inner peace.
- Happiness from the little things in life.
- Impulse control.
- Better health.
- Breathing room.
- Good examples for children.
- Time for hobbies, friends and family.
- Money for travel.
- A “greener” lifestyle.
- Self confidence.
- Enjoyment of mementoes now displayed rather than boxed up.
- Better relationships.
- Money and time for helping others.
Minimalism can also result in reductions in:
- Money spent on things you never use.
- Time spent cleaning and looking for things.
- Excessive work hours.
- Unfavorable comparisons to the Joneses.
- Feeling trapped in a too-large home.
- Indecision over what to wear.
- Panic over unexpected guests.
- Wasted time.
- Emotional baggage.
What benefits of minimalism have you noticed in your life? Or, if you’re just beginning the minimalist journey, which benefits are you most hoping for?
P.S. If you haven’t read it yet, learn more about me through Kelvin Belfon’s recent interview on Going Uncomplicated.