We are always looking for ways to better our lives. It’s human nature to look for ways to improve. In the midst of looking for ways to improve something, we often look for something to improve it for us.
We buy in to the consumerism mentality.
Not happy? Buy a new car, get a new dishwasher, you need one of these and ten of those.
We bring all of these gadgets home that are supposed to help improve our lives. In some way, these objects are supposed to help us feel better.
And they don’t.
So we buy more hoping for the same result. Hoping that this time, this time, it will work. It will make us feel better or improve our lives in some way.
And again. It doesn’t.
Someone or something is always telling us we need it to help us in some way. We don’t, but we are drawn to the appeal of its potential possibilities and we give in.
Every. Single. Time.
What if I told you, there’s another way? A way that doesn’t involve buying more things to “improve” your life. Instead, it involves purging things out of your life.
Minimalism is a growing trend in our society. Turn on the TV and there’s tiny house hunters, and tree house builders, and full time RVers. And it’s growing with good reason. Minimizing has so many benefits! It’s not just living with less stuff. It’s freeing yourself from all of the clutter and stuff that is competing for your attention.
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How Minimalism Will Change Your Life for The Better
- You’ll have more money. Let’s be brutally honest. If you’re constantly trying to buy a better life, you’re gonna be broke. Let it go and ask yourself some key questions before you buy any more. You’ll have more money in your pocket. More money to pay down debt, enjoy a weekend with your family, or save for vacation!
- You’ll feel less distracted. Clutter distracts us from what really matters. You may not notice it, but it is. Clutter can come in many forms, including digital. These things compete for our attention and overwhelm us with their presence. You’ll be a more present person without them.
- You’ll have more time. How many weekends have you spent organizing your stuff? Your kids stuff? Helped your spouse clean out the garage? Let go of a few things and you won’t be wasting so much time trying to organize the unorganizable!
- You’ll have more room. Room for things you actually like and actually enjoy! Room for that awesome sofa you always wanted but didn’t have room for because your family room was full of junk piled in every corner.
- You won’t have to clean as often. This is enough reason for me to let go of things. You know what most of the things you collect do? They collect! Dust! You won’t have near as much to clean which is always a win in my book and speaking of dust….
- You’ll be healthier. In more ways than one. You won’t feel overwhelmed and stressed by all of the clutter in your life (remember, clutter comes in many forms) and you won’t have tons of dust bunnies floating around your house making your allergies flare.
- You’ll be happier. This is a biggie. We don’t realize how much clutter is bringing us down until we let it go. Once it’s gone, you’ll feel more free which will in turn make you happier! No more dusting things off, no more stuffy noses, no more sifting through junk to find what you need and no more…
- You won’t yell at your kids (as much). I am ashamed to admit, I used to be a stone cold yeller. My kids never listened to me when I told them to pick up their things. The toys would just mount up in piles all over the house. I would get overwhelmed and frustrated at the fact I couldn’t see a single surface in my home through all the toys and I would get mad. And, I would yell (boo). Now? Without so many toys, the kids clean up and I’m not overwhelmed. Win win.
- Your relationships will improve. Ever turned someone down for a visit because you were ashamed at the appearance of your house? You. Just. Have. Too. Much. Stuff. So, you tell them no because you don’t want them seeing your 50 piles of old magazines and dvds. It’s ok. We’ve all been there. Purge some stuff and your friends can come over uninvited and you’ll be just fine.
Just 9 ways that your life can drastically improve if you just embrace the ideal of minimalism. And minimalism doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing, not in the least. Everyone’s view of minimalism differs at least a little. The point is getting rid of things you don’t love, use, or need. Give it to someone who does or if it’s not even useable anymore. Get rid of it. You will be a much happier person. Your family and friends will be happier with you and you’ll have a beautiful, clutter free home and money in the bank. You’ve got this.