3 Benefits of Minimalism

Minimalism caught my attention because I found it purposeful. It helps you get rid of things that you don’t use, so that you’re surrounded by things that serve a purpose.

Growing up, I found my self in houses, trailers, and apartments with basic furnishings. The backseat of our van became our couch for some time while I was in high school. It got to the point where we moved on an almost yearly basis; our few and simple pieces of furniture reflected that instability. Year by year, I learned how to let go of more material things.

But when I stumbled upon Youheum’s Youtube channel Heal Your Living, I felt uncomfortable with extreme minimalism. As I watched Youheum’s video “26 Things I Don’t Buy or Own – Extreme Minimalist Frugal Living”, I wondered what it would take for me to let go of my precious hair dryer.

Youheum does not own physical books, reads from an ebook reader, and does not have furniture in her living space. She does have a hammock which I think is pretty cool.

Even though I am not ready to live an extreme minimalist lifestyle, I feel inspired by her. The following are three reasons for why minimalism seems to have more benefits than harm.

#1 Helps You Save Money

  • Having a minimalistic mentality prompts you to be more conscious of why you want to buy something. Do you really need that?
  • Shopping with a minimalistic mentality keeps you from spending money on things that you might only use once or things that you might never even take the price label off.
  • Whatever money you don’t spend on things you don’t necessarily need means you have more money to put towards your dreams like your dream vacation, dream car, or appliance upgrade.

#2 Helps You Focus on What Truly Matters To You

  • Having a minimalistic home also helps highlight the stuff that really matters to you.
  • Maybe a tour of your home gives people a glimpse of all of your kitchen gadgets because you love to cook or bake. Maybe you’re a painter and have a set space with all of your finished paintings, easels, and brushes.
  • There’s more space for your hobbies and interests.

#3 You help the environment

  • Considering all of the horrible images people share on social media and the news on how plastic and trash are killing animals around the world, minimalism can serve as a stepping stone to help us do our part in protecting the environment.

Although Youheum admits to be on the extreme side of minimalism, she accepts the differences between her and her sister’s minimalist lifestyles. Her sister has chosen to keep furniture as part of her lifestyle.

I’m not sure how much I’m willing to let go of in order to live a minimalist lifestyle. How much would you be willing to let go to live a minimalist lifestyle? How are you a minimalist?

21 thoughts on “3 Benefits of Minimalism

  1. Textiles are really killing the environment. I hate gift bags (really loathe them actually because I’m usually stuck with them for an entire year), so I’ve started purchasing (ironically) nice hand towels to wrap gifts.

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  2. Minimalism supports exercising! It is so much easier to do yoga or bodyweight without a cupboard stuck in your back. Sure – cleaning up is never a bad idea but quite often even in a tidy home, there is still not enough space to move the entire body as required to stay flexible.

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  3. Great post, Andrea!
    As I’ve shared with you already, I have many boxes filled with all my old journals and diaries… Well, I also have many boxes of photo albums, letters, and cards (from back in the day when we used to mail all our correspondences!)… So I don’t think I can claim to be a minimalist, because also I really like furniture… But, I tend to be a home-body hermit, so I don’t go shopping very often, and when I do, each item that I buy is purposeful, meaningful, and/or necessary in some way… I tend to really value my things, and perhaps because I am an HSP (highly sensitive person), I feel intimately connected with my amethyst crystals, Himalayan salt lamps (I have 4 now and love each one dearly), colorful fabrics, stones, books, and so on… A few years ago I read Marie Kondo’s excellent book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and that did help me to get rid of quite a lot of stuff… she says you can keep whatever “sparks joy” and that really resonated with me… now everything in my environment sparks joy for me. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share! πŸ™‚
    Something I’m aware of, now that I’m 49, is I’m finally getting much more comfortable with just being my authentic self and not trying to please everybody! I’m probably not going to help the environment by being an extreme minimalist, but I help it in my own ways, by eating a plant-based diet, by purchasing natural products (shampoo, soap, etc. etc.), and by staying home a lot (not using much fuel)…
    I think it’s great that we each do our part to help the environment, in the ways that we can… πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, Teja! Yeah, it’s so important to help in the ways we can! Thanks for sharing the ways you contribute like buying natural products. I relate to a lot of what you mention: not trying to please everybody, liking furniture, and not shopping very often. I also read Marie Kondo’s book a while back, and I remember looking at some YouTube videos on how to organize/fold clothes. I think that hardest part was (and still is) decluttering all the paper stuff I tend to accumulate quickly 😊.

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  4. I grew up the opposite way – plenty of things and quite a bit of space to store it in. However, as I matured and moved away, I realized how easy it is to become a hoarder. Unfortunately, I did not have much space (small apartment) to collect everything that I would like. Soon, I realized that I don’t really need all of it. Sure, it would be cool to be able to keep everything, but having little space did not provide such luxury. On top of that, I realized that things gather dust. It’s much easier to clean a room with nothing in it than a room filled with furniture and knick-knacks.

    I realized that I didn’t really need all the things that people usually have… just because they “should”. But I will never get rid of my bed. It’s a must-have. I tried to live without using a table, but realized that I quite enjoy it, too. So a bed, a table and some chairs. That’s really all the furniture I need.

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