It’s been 2 years since I discovered minimalism, and I haven’t looked back since. It’s still an ongoing journey for me, continuously questioning what I needed and what I didn’t, what made me happy and what didn’t add any value. I feel like I still have a long way to go, since admittedly, I feel like I’m still not living fully aligned to my values and purpose. But it’s a journey I’m definitely happy to take. So why did I stick with minimalism?
- More breathing space
When I did my first declutter and disposed bags of unused or unwanted items, I felt so refreshed. Seeing empty spaces on our closet and shelves made me feel like I could breathe easier. I had no idea that letting go of things that weren’t important to me could be so freeing.
- Better for the environment
In the past year, I have also consciously tried to reduce our waste. I’m so far from being zero-waste, but I try to do my best in areas where my lifestyle permits me to. There’s plenty of research and articles out there saying that manufacturing new items have harmful effects to our environment. In the industry of fast fashion alone, it usually takes 7,000 litres of water to produce a single pair of jeans – multiply that by 2 billion jeans produced each year. Not to mention all the harmful chemicals that come with the process, which pile up and leave lasting effects on our environment. Minimalism makes us stop and ask questions before purchasing anything, so it significantly decreases impulsive buying and, in turn, reduces our carbon footprint.
- More savings
With minimalism, you become more intentional with your spending. Less shopping, more savings! Aside from just owning enough (instead of having an accumulation of excess items), you also start thinking of quality instead of quantity. You would possibly buy more expensive items upfront, but these will be items that you will be able to use for a long time.
- Easier decision-making
For me, having less possessions makes it easier to make decisions. Starting with the small, everyday things such as choosing what to wear. With fewer choices, minimalism reduces the chance of choice paralysis. Having less options can be daunting for some people, thinking that they might miss out on the best choice. But if you have pared down your belongings and only own the ones that make you happy, then any choice is a good choice.
- Less tidying up
This is a nice, little bonus. With less knick knacks and decors, it’s just easier to tidy up. There are less things for dust to settle on, and less things to put away. Less tidying up means more free time too!
How about you? What benefits of minimalism have you experienced? I’d love to know!