Minimalism is a relatively new lifestyle trend that encourages the decluttering of our lives and minds by removing unnecessary “things.”
While this is meant quite literally, with adopters of the lifestyle choosing to live with 100 items or less only, it is also a philosophical approach to life.
Minimalists seek to reduce the importance they attach to things and instead reroute that energy into focusing on the more important things in life like relationships and passions.
While it may seem extreme, on some level most of us could probably benefit from removing some extra clutter from our lives in order to clear our homes and heads. The benefits to decluttering and deciding to live with less are widespread but will almost certainly positively contribute to your bank balance.
If you’re interested in seeing how a minimalist lifestyle could help improve your bank balance, try these steps to ease into the movement:
Set yourself a challenge to stop shopping for a certain period of time. This should include buying anything except the very essentials of life such as food, and even then you should use what is already in your house first. Begin with setting a day of the week in which you don’t buy anything and then progress from there until you can go a month or more without purchasing a single item. This may require you to be inventive in finding things that you need or want but is a great chance to use services such as the library or to join a local swapping group to swap goods.
Use things you already have
The flow on from this first step will be that you will be forced to use things that you already have. This may mean mending things when they break to extend their life or being more conscious of the things we have in our home. Often we can buy products that end up buried beneath clutter which we then forget to use. If you are spending less time purchasing things, you will find you get more use out of these otherwise forgotten items.
Sell things you don’t use
The last step in this minimalist crash course is selling things that you don’t use. Now that you are more aware of what clutter you have lying around it’s time to get rid of the things you don’t need. This is the hardest part of the process and you will realise the truth to the statement that we place too much emotional importance on things. Items that we often associate with sentimental memories but that we don’t use, like books or an old piece of furniture, may be hard to let go of but this will be the true test of your commitment to a decluttered life. Making some extra cash in the process may help to ease the pain and it gets easier the more you get rid of.
The ultimate goal
Some say that the ultimate goal of all this decluttering is freedom. Freedom from things and our attachment to them and our desire to have more. Even if you don’t quite get to that stage, a good spring clean and some extra money in the pocket never hurt anyone.