Minimalism isn’t new to me, and I am sure everyone has heard about it at some point in their lives. As someone who has been living in different places my whole life, I have tried so hard to live a minimalist life. Not only does it help me prevent my things from piling up and having difficulties moving them from one place to another, but it also saves me time, money and space. For people in LDR, minimalism is also a great way to save up money. I have a friend (Hello, Monika! :D) who is in an LDR and has convinced me why it is very beneficial.
Here are ten good reasons to be a minimalist…
- Having lesser possessions does not necessarily mean you are poor, or that you don’t have money to buy things. It actually shows how frugal and resourceful you can be. It also spurs your creative thinking, and you’re going to start thinking of alternative ways to survive without having everything.
- You would learn how to maximize the use of a certain thing and not spend much on other things.
- Lesser chores. This is my favorite! Since you’re able to maximize the use of a specific thing, you won’t have so many things to fix, clean and organize.
- When your brain is dead set on having lesser items, you will start focusing on the things you need. When you’re able to determine which things you need and which ones you only want, it will help you spend less on things you want until all you have left are the things you actually need.
- Lesser things mean bigger space and more air to breathe. When you have lesser things in your place, you would definitely feel free and not too suffocated. When my things start to pile up in my room, I feel like I couldn’t breathe, and that the only way to solve this problem is to get rid of a few things, if not all.
- Minimalism actually helps you become responsible in a way that you learn how to take care of the things you need properly, so you can use it for a longer time than usual.
- It turns you into a disciplined person. Being responsible for your own things means you also have to be disciplined in everything you do – using/spending/wasting things, budgeting, and dieting.
- When you move to another place (like your SO’s place) for good, you won’t have lots of problems moving and getting rid of your excess things. You will only have the things you need, so you won’t go through the dilemma of throwing things you love, and spending lots of money to move all of your stuff.
- Being a minimalist stops you from being materialistic. When you are in love with material things, you tend to spend money on it even when you don’t need it. Being a minimalist helps you prevent obsessing over things that you do not need. Of course it is hard not to obsess over something you want sometimes, but when you are trying to live a minimalist life, you would learn to think of its possible results (eg. getting broke, ruining your budget) first before you do them.
- There’s always sense of fulfillment in the air when you are able to successfully live a minimalist life. It won’t be very apparent, but you’d feel it. And it would feel really great! Plus, you’ll have lots of money saved up for your next plan/trip!
These reasons are subjective, and are only based on my own experience. I have failed to be a minimalist so many times before, but I started doing it again last month. So far, I can proudly say that I have succeeded this time. I have never felt so great after getting rid of my excess possessions, and I have saved up more than I used to in the previous months.
I will be discussing some tips on being a minimalist on my next post. Thank you for reading!