“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.”
– Christina Scalise
The above quote is about organization, but it applies to minimalism, too. Minimalism prioritizes saving time and money for the things we love.
As minimalists, we can save money by:
- Spending less on new stuff.
- Eating and drinking more simply, including eating out less often, eating fewer processed foods, and drinking more water.
- Decluttering enough to stop renting a storage unit, move to a smaller home and/or rent out extra space in your home.
- Making items, such as cleaning solutions, ourselves.
- Buying better-quality, longer-lasting items instead of those that offer little more than perceived prestige or status.
- Giving gifts of our time, not our money.
- Canceling our gym memberships, exercising simply instead.
Minimalism also helps us save time.
- Smaller living quarters and less stuff equal less time spent on housework and home maintenance.
- A smaller wardrobe makes deciding what to wear faster (some find it means less laundry, too).
- Needing less money may allow us to work fewer hours.
- Digitized documents make finding what you’re looking for quicker.
- Time previously spent buying unwanted/unneeded possessions is available for more meaningful pursuits.
- Being mindful about our priorities and how we spend our time allows us to find extra time in our days, by reducing mindless Internet-surfing and similar activities.
- Less clutter helps with productivity.