Last week, I shared with you 10 Ways Minimalism Ruined My Life Forever. I explained the things that minimalism has taken away from my life forever! For you to understand today’s post, please check it out first. Today, I want to do just the opposite. I want to take the 10 ways minimalism ruined me and show you how in those same ways that minimalism saved my life.
Minimalism is different for everyone. It looks different, provides different behaviors, and enriches in too many ways to count.
It is a blessing to be able to share with you how my life has changed in such a short amount of time. Being determined to change to a simpler lifestyle as quickly as I have, I have seen many changes happen faster than I can count from 1 to 2.
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 foot print, 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.
So before I turn this post into a mess of what could be two different post, why don’t we jump into the 10 Ways Minimalism Saved My Life!
10 Ways Minimalism Saved My Life!
1. I think about every purchase thoroughly //
I consider the odds of me needing something.
Will it serve a purpose?
Will it be used?
Am I just purchasing this because I think it’s cute at this time?
All of these questions have helped me leave more on the shelf than bring home. Most of the time, I don’t need everything I see, but rather feel a want [thanks to consumerism and materialism].
Since becoming a minimalist, it is easier to say no to things I really don’t need! My wallet definitely thanks me!
2. I have less clutter //
With less clutter, cleaning is officially a breeze! I have so little to clean that I am literally done with my entire house in about an hour [deep cleaning that is!]!
It’s so nice to gain time back into my life to really discover what I love about life and myself. Before, it was all about scheduling my cleaning throughout several days. Now it’s all done in a matter of an hour!
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3. Minimalism gives me more time for things I enjoy //
With less time cleaning, I am able to enjoy my newly found passions in life! I have 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 myself. Now, I have the time to give it by 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 am excited to continue the progress.
4. I have just enough clothes in my wardrobe //
Getting dressed is a breeze with less! I love being able to throw something on quickly, and know I am going to feel great in whatever I choose. After all, I only have things in my wardrobe I love to wear!
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5. I eat much healthier //
Eating healthier is something I have struggled with for years. Until about 2 years ago, I did not like any kind of vegetables, and recently my taste buds have started to crave vegetables!
I have always loved fruit, but now I am focusing to make it a bigger part of my diet! I don’t eat the best diet just yet, but I am on the path to getting there! Loosing weight while making subtle changes is a big motivator!
6. Guilt is no longer my house guest //
Guilt is leaving the premises for good! I realized during my transition of a consumer to a minimalist, I was holding onto so much guilt.
It was throwing a party in my house every chance it had. I couldn’t sleep, over indulged at meal time, and was an honest wreck. I have learned a lot about myself in these past 6 months.
Letting go of what people thought of me, possessions I only kept because “so and so” gave it to me, and being honest about what hobbies I really enjoyed freed up so much of the guilt living around me.
I now fall asleep in minutes [not hours] and my migraines haven’t occurred as often as a result, which are the greatest rewards of freeing myself from guilt!
7. Thanks to minimalism, my home is tidy //
Everything has a home, so searching for things is part of my past. I can’t believe how much time this has freed for me to do other things.
I also can’t believe how much time it used to take looking for something when you didn’t know where it was! Hallelujah!
My husband has also realized that he doesn’t have to ask where something is anymore. No more, “Honey, do you know where the nail clippers are?” YAY!!!!
8. I enjoy being out in nature //
I love nature and nature loves me! I wasn’t sure until I had time to enjoy being outside, but I am sure of the connection now.
We get along better than two peas in a pod! Long walks, working in the garden, and taking care of our farm animals [only chicks and dogs at the moment] are all part of our relationship now.
Nature loves calling me out on the prettiest of days, and doesn’t like it when I have do laundry or the dishes. Nature prefers me to be outside, and to be honest, so do I!
9. I no longer go shopping based on emotions //
Emotional shopping is the worst! I used to buy things based off of how I was feeling all the time.
If I was happy, my purchases reflected that. If I was upset, well my purchases were returned. It took up so much of my time, too!
Now I have adjusted to only go shopping when I have specific items I need. If I am grocery shopping, I make sure that I have a full happy belly to avoid finding miscellaneous groceries I don’t really need.
If I am going clothes shopping, I determine what I want first, find the places with the best coupons [because I still love my deals], and decide on only 1 or 2 stores to go into for that item.
I am usually in and out as quickly as possible, because I hate being overwhelmed with all of the advertising and cluttered stores. It just isn’t for me anymore!
10. Harmful chemicals have become my enemy //
Harmful chemicals are a thing of the past in my home! I switched my all purpose cleaner to a product made with essential oils.
My face products are the same along with Coconut oil. I have changed my conditioner to an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, and love it!
I use homemade laundry detergent with a vinegar rinse. Recently, I tried a few different all natural deodorants, trying to replace my current one.
I feel the only changes still needed are my furniture and leather polish, shampoo, and food.
Harmful chemicals are not only in cleaning products, but also in foods! Gross! I am working on this by growing our own organic food, and choosing healthier options for the things we cannot grow.
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Some other ways minimalism saved my life aside from what I have already shared are:
I love what I see in my home //
Everywhere I look in my home, I smile. Everything I have is either used or pretty to look at all the time. I love looking at the pretty things I have. I smile more out of the joy of simplicity now than I ever have.
Peace has a place //
I find peace to be able to breathe, and know there is time to do nothing but take life in and relax. Peace takes the place of so many things that cluttered my mind before becoming a minimalist.
My mind seems to enjoy this break, and the moments I can relax.
I appreciate the small things more //
I started to think more about the small gestures people make [to me or someone else]. It’s so sweet to see someone being kind to someone else.
I am smiling just thinking about how sweet my husband was to grill hamburgers the other night instead of having me cook. He didn’t have to, because I had another meal planned, but he insisted!
This allowed me to finish washing dishes and fold a load of laundry [happily if I might add].
Being a minimalist, I can think of ME more often //
I know this sounds selfish, but hear me out, please! After searching for so long to find a purpose, a passion, something to have me excited when I wake up in the mornings, I believe I have found it!
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know what I am going to say. My purpose, passion, and drive is to become a homesteader!
I love being a minimalist, and with that I want to learn how to live off of the land to reduce my dependency on retail stores and reduce my carbon footprint. I have already started my garden and gotten some chicks!
My dream since I was a child was to be a farmer [country girl at heart]. I love seeing things grow and thinking how life works full circle.
I have more money //
Extra money is always nice! Now that I replaced my spending and shopping habits with other things, I have more money to put towards my debt.
I have a big goal of wanting to be debt free within the next year and a half to two years, and by shopping less, it is more likely to happen!
It also helps by not adding extra clutter to my home, too!
Minimalism saved my life and transformed it in so many ways. It has also opened up several opportunities. If you would like to know more about anything discussed please let me know! I would love to share some of my stories with you!
Has minimalism saved your life? If so, how? Let me know below in the comments!
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Be sure to check out my previous post 10 Ways Minimalism Ruined My Life Forever!