Minimalism. A foreign, far-fetched word for most of us. You probably think of cold white rooms with little furniture or decoration -- opposite of inviting, or near-empty refrigerators with only essentials. Whatever you may associate with minimalism, it’s a new topic for a lot of people. This lifestyle is becoming very popular, and for some good reasons. Minimalism is not just organizing and keeping everything clean, it goes deeper into what you allow to distract you and how you can focus on you, your loved ones, and the things you truly enjoy. Here are 5 things we can all learn from a minimalist.
1. How to Live Intentionally.
Intentionality may just be the foundational word for minimalism. But what does it actually mean and how can we make this practical? Being intentional is being purposeful with word and actions. You live a life that is fulfilling and meaningful because you make thoughtful decisions and do everything with a purpose. There are many areas where intentionality can benefit you - your time, possessions, food, money, and decision making. A great strategy to practice being intentional is to always ask yourself why. Why are you saying yes to that thing? Why are you spending money in that area? Why are you giving your time to those people? Being aware and putting purpose behind your actions, words, and thoughts can cultivate meaning in your life. Intentionality also takes action and organization. Create small and effective habits that become a part of your routine. Take ownership of your time. Think of an ideal day for you and take small steps toward your goal.
2. Decluttering Can Benefit You.
Your home is probably where you spend most of your time. We definitely believe there is a major importance in how homes make people feel. Ongoing clutter in your home could cause you to feel busier and less organized. A big part of minimalism is living simply, and this includes your home. Having so many decorations in your home to fill every spot is something a lot of us are guilty of. Many times decorations have sentimental value and bring you joy, we get it! But how many of you have an empty vase sitting on a shelf or meaningless word art throughout your kitchen? Go through and separate decor that holds meaning to you and decor that is just wasting space. Decorating minimally clears your head and allows more room for the everyday stuff. Make your home you -- the simple, uncomplicated you.
3. How to Value Your Time.
Make your time purposeful and valuable. This looks a lot like setting aside specific times for each task or activity, which will make you more aware of how you're spending your time. This leads you to cut out all that extra time you may spend mindlessly scrolling on social media, rearranging your calendar, or procrastinating on a project. Ultimately, giving you extra time to focus on what matters most to you and spend your days living intentionally.
4. You'll Save Money.
This lifestyle encourages you to live out what’s important to you. When you practice being minimal, you value life experiences over the things you possess. You’ll realize that things like keeping up with family, traveling to new places, spending more time outdoors, and crossing things off your bucket list are far more valuable than materialistic things. This gives you a big opportunity to save your money and spend it wisely on experiences rather than things. In addition, downsizing and living simply are a common theme throughout minimalism. Being intentional with your finances sows the seed for a meaningful future.
5. You'll Have More Energy.
Scaling down your busy schedule will naturally lead to an increase in energy. Dealing with clutter, daily cleaning, packed agendas, and overloading finances takes a lot of work. When you simplify those areas, you can save so much time, which can be spent with more important things in your life. You’ll be able to do more things that fuel your energy, and as a response, we will feel happier and more joyful.
This lifestyle is beneficial in many ways and we hope we sparked some inspiration to help you simplify your life. If you are seriously considering downsizing your home, we would love to help! Maybe a tiny home is the perfect option for you, head over to our website to learn more about how we can make your tiny home dreams come true!
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