Minimalism is on the rise. More and more people today are choosing a minimalist lifestyle, moving away from traditional consumerist values. In fact, research shows that over three-quarters of millennials, as opposed to about 59% of baby boomers, would rather spend money on experiences than material things.
What’s the deal with minimalism, anyway, and what’s so great about it?
Well, it turns out that people who’ve adopted this lifestyle might be onto something. With a little discipline and practice, minimalism could simplify your whole life, and even make you happier.
Minimalism is all about having less “stuff.” The issue with stuff is, while it’s nice to have, it drives up your expenses and doesn’t necessarily make you any happier. Going with simpler fashion, furniture and decor can save you money in the long run, thereby reducing financial stress and making your life a little easier.
Additionally, you might be able to use some of the money you save on material goods for other things. Maybe there’s a trip you want to take with your family, or a home improvement electronic or appliance you need. Minimalism can allow you to prioritize what truly matters in your life and maybe even appreciate the little things a bit more.
Help the Environment
People who value the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling can benefit from adopting more of a minimalist attitude. Limiting the material stuff you buy helps reduce waste and encourages you to find new ways to use what you already have. Surveys have shown that by the beginning of 2019, over 70% of Americans were personally invested in concerns about climate change. Minimalism is one way you can control your impact on the planet.
Having too many unnecessary items lying around the house can cause you more frustration than pleasure. If you’ve ever bought something on impulse and then regretted later because you didn’t know what to do with it, you might be familiar with the feeling.
Reducing clutter in and around your home can create a more comfortable, stress-free space. Your home will likely feel cleaner and fresher — and you may even feel liberated by having less on your plate.
Minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t allowed to treat yourself once in a while or buy something you truly want. But it does mean being aware of what you buy and questioning its long-term benefit before you spend your money. It means living simpler, getting creative with your outfits and decorating solutions and focusing on experiences rather than material possessions. If you can successfully adopt this lifestyle, it might change your outlook on life and bring you even greater joy.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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