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8 benefits of minimalism

Simplicity in Vogue - ByAndreaB - 8 benefits of minimalism - marie kondo, clutter, how to get rid of clutter, zen, minimalist, minimal living, simplify, minimizing, simplifying, muslimah, modest style, intentional life, mindfulness, what is minimalism

Today I'm talking about one of my favourite subjects: minimalism. It was one of the things that inspired the name of my blog and also has been transforming my life for the better. So, I decided to share with you all some of the benefits you get when you start practising this lifestyle. 

Three years ago, I was introduced to the minimalist lifestyle when I was searching for articles about the minimalist aesthetic for my final project at uni. I immediately fell in love with its concept and decided to follow it and own fewer things in my home and life. But what minimalism really is? For me, this quote perfectly summarizes it:

"Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it." - Joshua Becker

When we intentionally remove all the clutter from our lives, we have much more space for everything that really matters.  A cluttered place has the power to drain off our energy, keep us from thinking clearly, and can even be a source of anxiety, frustration and guilt. It happens because all those excess stuff takes up space not only in our homes but also in our mind.

I personally feel frustrated every day when I look at all the books I have and haven't read yet or have read once and probably won't read again, all the art supplies that I hardly use, all the clothes I don't use anymore but are still occupying so much space in my wardrobe, and so on. If we donate these things that we don't use or don't want anymore (as long as they are in good condition of course), besides having a more organised and clean environment, we will make other people happy and probably they will do much better use of those items. We can also sell some things or simply throw away what is not useful anymore.

 So, what is clutter in minimalism?

"Clutter is not just physical stuff. It's old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self." - Eleanor Brownn

Even too much information can be seen as clutter. If you ever tried to start a blog or open up a business, you will know what I mean. We usually try to get all the information that we can about that subject, listening to podcasts, reading many blogs, books and so on. In the end, we end up feeling stuck and overwhelmed, not knowing where to start. Minimalism can be great for that too, because if you simplify and focus only in a few sources, the ones that really speak to your heart and your goals, then you will have more time and energy to focus on your own endeavour and actually, turn it into reality.

Simplicity in Vogue - ByAndreaB - 8 benefits of minimalism - marie kondo, clutter, how to get rid of clutter, zen, minimalist, minimal living, simplify, minimizing, simplifying, muslimah, modest style, intentional life, mindfulness, what is minimalism

When we become a minimalist and start simplifying our lives, we get so many benefits out of it. Some of these benefits can vary from person to person, but here are some of the most important benefits for me:

1. Cleaning and organising is easier and quick

I believe the majority of us don't like to waste our precious time cleaning our home, but we also don't like to keep it dirty and messy. Having fewer things helps a lot with that. Owning less is much better than organising more.

2. Less stress:

As I mentioned before, excess clutter can cause stress and makes it difficult to relax. Have you ever thought why you feel so relaxed in a hotel room? It's because it's clean and clutter-free. Nowadays, most people treat their houses like storage space and not a living space. Our home, especially our bedroom, should be the place we feel most relaxed.

3. It's great for an introspective and/or highly sensitive person:

If you, like me, fall into that personality spectrum, you will also feel much more stressed than others in a space full of sensory information, visual clutter, and/or with a lot of noise. So, because of that, having a calm and uncluttered home, like if it was a spa, is very important to us, so that we can recharge our energy.

4. More time

With a minimalist house, we will spend less time cleaning; with a minimalist schedule, we will prioritize meetings, parties and events in our free time that we really want to go. All of that means that we will have much more time to do the things we really want to do, like sleeping more, finding time to exercise every day, reading more books, being with your favourite people, or anything else that makes you happy.

5. Self-discovery and freedom from the comparison trap:

We live in an illusion that our life should be "Instagram perfect", wasting much time and energy comparing our lives to others. That makes us feel like we are constantly missing out on something because we can't keep up with all the news or go to all the nice places we see other people going and we forget to appreciate the little moments of joy that is laying right in front of us. People end up trying to buy happiness through things, like if they needed all that stuff to show off their worth.

"Wealth is not in having many possessions. Rather, true wealth is the richness of the soul." - Prophet Muhammad

When we say no to societal pressure and cultural norms and live the life the way you want, it's when we start taking control of our life. Not having to worry about pleasing others, having to fulfil people's expectations of you and your own expectations, it's when you can dive into yourself, in your essence and discover who you really are and what you really like.

6. You become more mindful and grateful

When we choose to own less, we are also choosing and learning to be content with what we have. We become more mindful of all the blessings we have and receive every single day. However, being content doesn't mean being stuck and not growing and improving ourselves or our lives. It just means that we know that we don't need physical stuff or a certain level of "success" in life to make us happy, to validate ourselves or impress and please other people.

7. Save more money:

We become more intentional about how we spend our money. It's not only about being frugal and buying the cheapest thing we find but also about choosing quality over quantity. We will prefer to buy a dress from our local store that was ethically made, for example, and supporting our local designers, rather than buying a cheaper dress from a department store, that is usually made in horrible working conditions in third world countries. But we can also buy from thrift stores and make awesome finds.

Learning to buy only the essentials and the things that we really want and that will be useful for us, will help us to have more control over our finances, as well as pursue more important endeavours, like travelling and getting to know other places and cultures, for example. In the end, we learn that experiences are much more valuable than physical possessions.

8. It's easier to get dressed and always look effortlessly chic:

Having a busy schedule or not, you will find that a minimalist wardrobe makes life much easier when getting dressed to go out. You will make quick decisions, and save your mental energy. You will also have more space in your wardrobe and will be able to keep it organised. You will also save money because you will be more mindful when buying new clothes. You will make better and unique choices because you will buy something that really fits on your body and personal style rather than buying the latest trend. You will also be more creative with your clothes and accessories because by having fewer items you will learn to mix and match much more what you have.

Oh, just as a reminder, minimalism doesn't have to be the same for everyone and it's not a competition to see who have less stuff. Each person can adapt it to their own lifestyle, because the focus is to eliminate only what is not good and positive for you, or, in some way, is making your life harder, so that you can have a better quality life. 

Now that I've shared some of my favourite benefits of embracing minimalism, I'd love to hear from you. Tell me in the comments what do you think about the minimalist lifestyle, and if you already practice it, tell me what were some of the benefits that you have found in it. :)

See you! :)


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