9 Simple benefits of minimalism

The term minimalism gets thrown around a lot.

So much so, that I feel it has become a cliché “catch-word” that marketers the world over have exploited, raped and murdered. Assuming you don’t truly know much about minimalism, here are two videos you should watch before reading further.

Firstly, you need to understand minimalism from the visual arts perspective, for that watch the Art Assignments‘s case for minimalism.

Secondly, for an introduction to minimalism as a lifestyle, watch Colin Wright’s video on minimalism.

Ok, so now that you have a basic understanding about how minimalism started and how it could be adapted as a lifestyle, it’s time for my 9 quick benefits of minimalism that will instantly help improve the way you live.

1. You learn that owning better things is more important than owning more things.

When it comes to possessions, most people tend to gravitate towards the cheap and cheerful. Cheap things are often not actually cheaper, as they often lack quality — thus their life expectancy is very low. High quality products tend to last longer and thus end up paying for themselves over time as you get more use out of them.

2. You realise what you truly need in your life.

There is a simple rule on this one. If you own something that you have not used for longer then 6 months, you don’t need it. Applying this rule will soon help you realise how many thing you have that are completely unnecessary. A very dangerous motto to follow is “I might need it someday”. This mindset is the precursor to developing a serious clutter problem and hoarding mentality. An alternative and liberating mindset might be “let someone else benefit from these goods.”

3. You learn to focus on the small details.

Beautiful things are not measured by how big or shiny they are. It is all about how thoughtful the design is, how we interact with objects, their utility — more importantly, they make us feel. Minimalist design appears simple but usually delivers high quality. This is the focus on attention to detail.

4. You simplify your life.

Clutter equals stress, so streamline your life. Only surround yourself with things that you truly need. Having a few high quality items that you cherish and need is more effective than having stacks of things that you don’t need or that don’t serve a real function.

5. You can reduce stress and be a happier person.

Having the mind-set of a minimalist helps you think clearly and logically. Having a clear peaceful mind will help you relax and deal with stress in better ways. Having less clutter also improves your mood and makes you happier, and more positive.

6. You can drastically enhance your efficiency.

Having fewer things, being organised, knowing what you want and living as a minimalist helps you to become more efficient, effective and productive as a person. Minimalism means that you cut out daily obstacles and distractions.

7. You could become a healthier person.

Clichéd as it sounds, a healthy mind really does lead to a healthy body and vice-versa. Being more relaxed, organised and stress- free helps you create more time in which you can practice healthy activities such as cooking and working out.

8. You learn to make better use of your time.

Following on from the last benefit, minimalism helps you become more organised and effective in all aspects of your life. By de-cluttering and cleaning your physical and mental space, you are also learning to become more effective and manage your time wisely.

9. You appreciate thoughtful design.

Like a child who has more toys than they can play with, we can easily get lost by having too many things around us. By having too much, we tend to pay less attention to what we have and what is around us. This often leads to us not being observant and appreciative of the small beauties in design and life. No object or detail is too small to overlook.