Materialism, consumerism, and minimalism all play a big part in our lives. Whether we want to admit it or not, all of these have an effect on our lives, and minimalism ruined mine.
I know what you are thinking. How can minimalism ruin your life? But trust me! It did!
You see, we all go through different experiences that alter our outlook on life.
As I started to simplify my life, I realized that so many things were wrong, and trying to figure out how to fix it seemed impossible. Keep reading and you will see exactly what I am talking about.
10 Ways Minimalism Ruined My Life
1. I think about every purchase thoroughly //
Before I became a minimalist, I didn’t think about my purchases. If I wanted something, I simply bought it.
Now every time I want to purchase something new I think about several things.
For instance, here are a few questions I run through now before making a purchase:
- Is this product eco-friendly?
- Is this produce made with organic materials?
- Does it use harmful chemicals?
- Is it made ethically? Who made this item?
I also think about which stores I should shop with based on all of these things and more.
Purchasing something has officially become a task and I wasn’t anticipating that.
2. Clutter drives me insane //
I see clutter everywhere now and it drives me crazy!
I’m definitely a bit more OCD with how tidy my home is. Afterall, when a space is clutter-free, so is my brain.
However, I feel the need to tidy that space, regardless of who owns the space. I have lost the ability to think with clutter surrounding me.
Before I became a minimalist, I didn’t realize how clutter affected me. I do not know if it hindered my thoughts or actions.
I simply went through life daized and confused with why I was overwhelmed. It was just how things were, or that is what I told myself.
What I do know is I didn’t notice it until becoming a minimalist. Now having a clean and tidy home is a must for me.
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3. Now I have too much time on my hands //
Now that I am not cleaning all of the time, I have no idea what to do with myself! I decided to try out a few hobbies.
I purchased a DSLR camera and go for walks in nature, photographing things that are beautiful or inspire me creatively.
Blogging turned into a full-time career thanks to the time I was able to dedicate to it.
But what I love most is having the flexibility to try new things or improve my current routines because I have an abundance of time now.
It is honestly incredible the amount of time I have due to not having as much to tidy or clean.
4. I barely have enough clothes to call it a wardrobe //
Before I sorted through my clothes and dwindled down to what I loved to wear, I had a decent size wardrobe. Now I have less than 30 pieces hanging in my closet!
My husband has more clothes than I do. In fact, he has a box of stored clothes because he has so many!
When my mother in law came to visit the other day, she asked where I put my clothes [seeing our 6′ wire rack that we share]. I told her they were right in front of her, and her eyes got big like she couldn’t believe I had so little.
But to be honest, I can’t believe how small my wardrobe has become!
I don’t have to worry about what I am wearing anymore, because I always have something I love to wear.
But it maybe on the sparse side when guests get a confused look on their face in relation to my wardrobe size. Thanks minimalism….
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5. I eat healthier //
Eating used to be full of junk food with lots of fried foods. So far, my diet has changed to cut all of the yummy greasy and sugary filled stuff in half!
I’ve lost weight, and I am now wearing jeans I couldn’t wear 6 months ago. I also have recently gotten into green smoothies for breakfast with the husband.
Minimalism showed me how to simplify my eating habits and really opened my eyes to the fact that diets don’t work.
It is the little shifts that become new habits that allow us to live a healthier lifestyle. This is definitely a long journey, but I’ll get there eventually.
6. Guilt is no longer my house guest //
The moment I started to let go of things, Guilt decided it was time to leave. It had been my house guest for so long that I forgot what it was like without it.
I almost miss it, but I definitely do not miss it’s messes.
You see, I held onto things that people gifted me. I felt I had to keep them because someone spent their hard earned money on it.
However, one day I realized that giving gifts is more about the action of giving you something rather than what they are gifting you.
People feel good when they give, but they don’t want you to be burdened with things you no longer need.
Realizing that, I was able to say goodbye to Guilt and let it leave my house once and for all. Because I honestly don’t have room for it anymore!
7. I no longer have to the pleasure of searching for something //
Now that everything has a home, I no longer waste time looking for something. That pleasure has been stripped from me for good.
While it feels amazing to say, it is very foreign to me.
Being raised to have all of the things in my life and not really knowing that it was all supposed to have a home, I searched high and low for things.
I spent a lot of time searching and not enough time giving that item a proper home, so the cycle continued.
Once I realized that it was possible to have just what you need and that it can all have a designated spot, I had to give up my time searching for something.
This all goes back to my point of having a lot more time on my hands.
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8. Nature actually enjoys my company //
I grew up playing outside, going to the lake, playing the creek… You name it, I’ve done it.
But it wasn’t until recently that I had to go outside everyday, because of the lack of something to do inside.
I find myself outside taking long walks, weeding and tilling the garden, playing with my dogs, etc.
Before I changed my lifestyle, I didn’t have time for long walks, weeding and tilling the garden as much as I do now, or playing with my dogs for extended periods of time.
I had plenty of stuff to do inside, and I didn’t worry about going outside unless it was necessary.
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9. I no longer enjoy shopping //
Shopping is a nightmare now! All the advertisements, clutter, crowds, UGH! I do not pleasure shop anymore! If I don’t need it, I’m not wasting my time.
Before I could enjoy wasting my time looking and buying things I didn’t necessarily need, but now I’m not wasting my time.
I started menu planning for several weeks to avoid going grocery shopping weekly. Just the process of shopping sends my anxiety through the roof.
Becoming aware of my sensory levels and how to keep them lowered, I honestly have a tough time wanting to go shopping where there are crowds.
Plus, the marketing schemes to get people to buy things that aren’t on their list already drives me nuts! I still fall for them on occasion, but it is minimal compared to how it used to be when I shopped for fun.
10. Harmful chemicals have become an enemy //
Ahh! Those harmful chemicals in everyday products. They had been my friend for so long.
They cleaned my counter tops, floors, polished my furniture, heck they even washed my face and moisturized my body!
It’s so sad we had to break up with each other. They were so loyal, gave me the illusion of cleanliness due to the pleasant smells, and were very powerful.
But now I am working with all natural and organic products.
These products really do clean and the I don’t have to feel guilty about really sniffing the clean scent smell, using them to wash my face or moisturize my body.
In fact, some are so natural that you can ingest them without being harmed!
I guess everyone has to move on at some point. So long harmful chemicals! It was nice knowing you, until it wasn’t.
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How has minimalism ruined your life?
Has it left you with less to do, or robbed you of things you once enjoyed?
Let me know below in the comments. I’d love to see how minimalism has ruined your life, too.
Be sure to check out my follow up post 10 Ways Minimalism Saved My Life!
I also share how to overcome these obstacles, so no worries if minimalism has ruined any of these for you, too!
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***Disclaimer: This post was for humorous purposes only! Minimalism has definitely not ruined my life. In fact, it saved my life, and I am forever grateful.***