Is Minimalism For You?

Imagine a life with the least amount of unnecessary possessions possible. How far could you see yourself going with such a concept? Could you possibly see any benefit from it? Or does it just sound like a completely irrational idea?

Minimalism isn’t so easy in a complicated world. But in the end, we all yearn for simplicity.

After all, this blog is indeed about designing our own lifestyle. So if getting rid of a majority of your “favorite” things sounds difficult yet intriguing, consider its valiant ideals:

Less Visual Stress

Minimizing our consumption as well as getting rid of some of the possessions we’ve acquired through the years can create some much needed mental clarity. Clutter in most cases is a form of visual stress. Expecting our brains to assess disorganized clutter subconsciously along with all the duties we already have everyday can be flustering. In fact, once you get rid of things you’ve been housing due to sentimental value, you won’t even remember you had it! How’s that for “attachment”? I find that even having a clean car interior with no tchotchkes (small miscellaneous items) allows me to drive through the bumper-to-bumper Los Angeles traffic in more of a calm state of mind. More patience. No road rage.

Make Money From Your Junk

I didn’t believe this was true until I took action and sold my junk on eBay and the other buy-sell-trade apps like LetGo, OfferUp, and Facebook Marketplace. The things I wanted to discard actually had more worth than I had assumed! Within thirty days, I was able to make over $2,000 USD from old belongings that have overstayed their welcome with me. Two grand covered a lot of ground for me that month in terms of paying for bills and other expenditures. So, find out how much you have saved up in material currency. You’ll be somewhat surprised.

More Time

The compounding efforts of minimalism can create time. We’ve all heard of the adage: Time is money. This is true because when you spend less time thinking about the things you’ve purchased over the years, you leave mental capacity for the more important matters. Once you have the discipline to go to a store, get what you need, and not meddle with the strategically placed impulse-items section, you will start to make better buying decisions all around.

Reframe the Way You Think

There’s a common side effect that comes from adopting a life of minimalism. Once I removed certain things from my life that contained no value to me, I then uncovered the other sides of me that have been lacking for years. My levels of empathy and compassion for others seemed to unravel and present themselves more. I now fill my brain’s shelves with thoughts of progress and a ton of project mind mapping. My energy and concentration is a bit more apparent. And my productivity has made great strides because of less distractions and more space for projects.

When you have room to think, you have room to do.

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