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Minimalism changed my life forever in 2015. I’ll never forget how crazy that year was, and how grateful I am for it. My life certainly is different since then.
It took me from looking outward for confirmation to inwardly confirming myself. Minimalism allowed me to let go of the things that didn’t serve me and cherish the things that do.
Of course, downsizing my home by more than half was a great help, but it wasn’t necessary to make these changes.
Minimalism has also shown me how other simplistic ideas can mold my idea of living into more areas of my life than just possessions.
It can also enrich your mentality, find the importance of reducing your carbon footprint, and/or help you find ways to live off the land, as I am choosing to do.
All of these and so much more are just a small part of what being a minimalist has to offer.
Are you considering a minimalist lifestyle?
Honestly, minimalism is different for everyone. It looks different, provides different behaviors, and enriches in too many ways to count.
If you want to live simpler or just with less stuff, being intentional with a minimalist lifestyle can help get you there.
It starts with letting go of the things you don’t need, but it continues into a journey that is like no other journey.
I say this because no two minimalists look the same. Ideas of what a minimalist lifestyle looks like are dependent upon the person and their needs.
Minimalism takes you on a journey
As I mentioned above, there’s more to living a minimalist lifestyle than just decluttering. In fact, a minimalist lifestyle has nothing to do with decluttering, but rather what happens once you remove the excess from your life.
Decluttering opens your life up to possibilities for a different future. It is up to you to determine how to intentionally spend that time.
For me, I went from decluttering to homesteading. That led me to sustainable living and reducing my impact on the world as much as possible.
Without starting my minimalism journey, I wouldn’t have experienced any of these benefits or lifestyle changes.
Let’s dive more into the specific changes so that I can give you a better idea of how minimalism changed my life.
1 // I spend little time cleaning and lots of time living
By removing the excess from my life, I have freed up a lot of time to spend on what truly matters to me.
I spend less than 30 minutes every day cleaning my home [deep cleaning that is].
Before making these changes, I was spending entire weekend days trying to clean my home and do the laundry.
Honestly, I never want to go back to that!
If you want to transform your cleaning routine, I highly recommend you check out my workbook, A Simple Cleaning Routine. It teaches you exactly how to keep your home clean and tidy in 30 minutes or less every day.
2 // I have more time to do things I enjoy
With less time cleaning and organizing clutter, I am able to enjoy my newly found passions in life! I always wanted to become a homesteader.
The lifestyle is so enticing, being able to live off of the land and provide for my family and me. Now, I have the time to give it my best shot, and I hope I succeed!
I am also looking at ways to reduce my waste. A few changes have occurred already with my waste habits, and I am excited to continue the progress.
3 // I have more money!
By reducing my consumption and paying attention to where my money goes each month, I’ve increased what I’m keeping each month.
I’ve swapped out single-use items for reusable items, and that has helped a lot! I had no clue about all the money I was wasting before this swap.
Being mindful of my spending and ensuring that I truly need something before I purchase it has given me a different respect for my money. It is crazy to think about, but it is true.
I love having more money than month!
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4 // I’m conscious about the things I buy
Pulling off the last change, I’m more conscious about the things I buy, not just my spending.
I take my time when purchasing a new shirt or piece of technology. I think if I really need it or not.
When it comes to beauty products or the food I eat, I pay attention to the ingredients used. If I cannot read the ingredients list, I’m not buying it.
This has really transformed the products in my home from conventional products to healthy and natural products, which I love!
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5 // I don’t feel guilty about the items I keep
It is difficult to see past the guilt we feel about an item. Whether that is due to spending a lot of money on an item or being gifted it, the guilt is there.
However, when I think about an expensive item I purchased, I realize my lesson learned and ask myself if this item still serves me. If it doesn’t, I let it go and let go of the guilt associated with it.
I much prefer to let go of items that don’t serve me and bless someone who will use it.
Same thing for gifts. Often times, you’re given a gift out of tradition or obligation. It isn’t due to someone wanting to give you something you keep the rest of your life.
I don’t know of anyone that gifts you something and expects you to keep it no matter what. People don’t want to burden other people in that way.
Minimalism changed my life when I realized feeling guilt was unnecessary and I let it go, along with the items I had kept for this reason.
6 // Life is simpler
Now my life is much simpler and enjoyable!
I have a simple wardrobe, plan simple meals, and utilize simpler routines.
This makes life easier to do so many things like enjoy it [obviously!], try new things, and have time for hobbies.
The simpler my life gets; the better it becomes.
7 // I enjoy being at home.
When I look around my home, I feel peaceful and calm. I feel at home and comfortable.
Before decluttering, I could never get to this place of contentment, and I hated that!
Everything has a home, so I don’t have to waste time searching for things. It feels good to have a comfortable space for the things I own.
On top of that, the cozy level in my home is off the charts!
- My bed is super cozy and welcoming.
- My workspace is inviting.
- I love relaxing in my bathroom when I need some spa time!
I just love my home now more than ever!
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8 // I notice and appreciate more of the small things in life
Before decluttering, I was distracted by all the stuff and didn’t see the small things in life that really add value to my life.
Now, I make sure to take note of the small things with my gratitude journaling. I spend 5 minutes writing all of the things I’m grateful for that happened that day, and it creates this overwhelming sense of joy!
I couldn’t see the benefit of doing this before becoming a minimalist, no matter how much I tried.
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9 // My mental health has improved!
If there is one way that minimalism changed my life for the absolute best, it is how strong my mental health has become!
My sensory levels are more stable. I notice when things aren’t right and I’m able to fix them without having a panic attack.
I’m taking care of myself before anyone else, and that may sound selfish, but taking care of others before myself drove me into depression more times than I can count.
By focusing on my self-care routine, adjusting when I need to, and making sure I’m doing what I can to fill my cup, I’ve completely transformed my tolerance for any unexpected situations that may occur.
This strength I’ve found is incredible and is why I’ll always pursue living minimally.
If these changes to my life have inspired you to make a change, get access to my FREE Resource Library where there are several workbooks, checklists, and ebooks to help you take action!
Minimalism has changed my life. There is no doubt about the positive effects it offers.
Pursuing a minimalist lifestyle opens you up to many possibilities that you’ve only or never dreamed of before now.
You get the chance to see what is really important in life, and SPOILER ALERT, it isn’t material objects.
If you want to dive deeper into what a minimalist lifestyle has to offer, check out my post discussing the benefits of minimalism and why you should try it!