No doubt that many of you have heard about minimalism. It has become a hot topic over the last few years as a reflection of our need to reduce costs, mitigate our impact on the environment, and generally useless stuff.
When it comes to minimalism a lot of the focus is that of our home space. While minimalism is about much more than just our home interior or the ways we use our space, there are many benefits to be realized from going minimal at home.
Clarity of Mind
One of the leading voices behind the minimalist movement is Marie Kondo, the celebrity Japanese minimalist expert. Those who are aware of Kondo will already know that one of the driving forces of minimalism in her view is clarity of mind. Why?
Multiple studies have proven that when we clear out our home space of all the non-essential items it has a significant impact on our mental clarity and peace of mind. When you think about it, you will probably agree it makes sense. With less stuff cluttering our home we have less to worry about, less to keep tidy and clean and more open space to unwind in.
Minimalism doesn’t just affect our mental health it can also significantly improve our physical health too. Keeping our homes clean can be a full-time job for some and usually, that burden is left to the woman of the house, mom. However, modern moms are no longer people that stay at home to look after their kids and clear up after everyone. They go to work, they have full-time jobs, and huge commitments of their own.
When we significantly reduce the amount of cleaning and tidying our home requires it allows us to reduce our stress and frees us up for more important things like spending time with our loved ones and friends. All of this can have significant benefits for our personal health and wellbeing.
Our spare time in our otherwise busy lives shouldn’t be spent tidying the house but rather enjoying the things we love. Reducing the amount of time needed to keep the family home in shape frees up everyone’s time in the family allowing for more quality time together or the ability to undertake our own personal activities.
That extra free time can be used to see friends more often, exercise, join an art class, or take on extra learning projects.
Feeling Genuinely Good About Yourself
Many of us are caught in the trap of materialism. We spend hours buying new stuff for our house from our favorite website in the hope that it will make us happy or show our friends we are financially successful, even if we are spending money we don’t have. All this shopping actually does very little for our happiness or self-esteem. Happiness is not a feeling but a way of being. Once you learn to be happy, content, and most importantly, grateful for things you already have you will notice that you start to feel more fulfilled. This is one of the most unexpected benefits of living with less.