What is minimalism? Simply put, it’s living life with only what you truly need.
This means living your life with less than 100-200 material possessions.
Here are 7 major benefits to living a minimalist lifestyle.
- Mental Clarity – Having less material things and clutter in your life allows you think more clearly and prioritize only things that truly matter to you.
- More Money – Minimalism is the opposite of consumerism. When you buy a new item of clothing, you will throw an old item out or donate it. Retaining more of the money you have coming in means you are saving more at the end of the year. This frees up capital to invest in increasing your earning potential and wealth. Since you will be spending a lot less, you will be able to invest extra money into profitable investments or your own business to increase your net worth every year.
- Freedom – 100% of what I own fits into a suitcase and backpack. This means I can book a plane ticket today and move to any place in the world I want tomorrow. You can’t do that if you have a geographical commitments and things weighing you down.
- Creativity – The fastest way to kill creativity is high stress. Minimalism reduces stress and allows for more creativity to flow. Creativity is crucial to my existence, work, and growth.
- Contribution – You’ll have more time to focus on contribution beyond yourself. You’ll think on a more global scale instead of focusing on accumulating material possessions and becoming a slave to them.
- Purpose – I believe the fundamental purpose of life is to live it. The question is what makes you feel most alive? Do you enjoy helping people? Spending time with kids or family? Creating businesses? Creating art? Minimalism allows you to explore this question and even develop your own subjective life meaning and purpose. The Japanese use the word “Ikigai” which roughly translates to your reason for being. Your Ikigai is the intersection of what you love doing, what the world needs, what you can be paid for, and what you’re good at.
- Integration – Becoming a minimalist creates more opportunity to integrate your life and work. The majority of your life will be spent working on something. Trying to separate work and life is a ridiculous idea. What you’re truly after is integrating your work with your life. Being a minimalist gives you the freedom to focus more deeply on reflection, inner work, and finding your ideal life-work flow.
You don’t have to make a life changing decision overnight. It took me over one year to adopt the minimalist mindset and lifestyle. I suggest you start by cleaning your home and removing any clothes or items you don’t use or wear on a regular basis.
Notice how you feel after cleaning your home, minimizing your wardrobe, and having less material possessions.
This also eliminates decision fatigue so you can focus you energy on making decisions that matter.