• Jessica Linighan

Ten Benefits of Minimalism

The idea of minimalism has attracted a great deal of attention in recent times and it’s a concept that we at Homefulness love! Whilst being a minimalist to some can mean living without a car or having only five outfits to choose from, we see minimalism as an amazing tool to help free yourself of any unnecessary clutter and as professional organisers it is our job to help you with this! In return you can concentrate on the things that really matter to you, thus allowing you to feel more freedom, happiness, and satisfaction in your life. Read on to discover ten of the amazing advantages you will benefit from when you start practicing minimalism in your life and home.

1. Increased happiness

“Your environment, where you live or how you shape your surroundings, is the biggest, most important and most impactful thing you can do to favour your own happiness.” Dan Buettner- Bluezones. We couldn’t agree more! It is true that a minimalist home is a less stressful environment to be in; when you have fewer items in your environment not only is your space less cluttered, but your mind is too meaning you’re free to feel happier, more joyous, and less weighed down!

2. Environmentally friendly

With the current climate situation the way it is, it’s more important than ever that we all do our best to reduce our environmental impact, and a great place for this to start is in the home. It’s a fact that eventually all the products you own will either end up in landfill or be recycled back to the earth. Small actions add up when it comes to your personal impact on the environment and by choosing to own less you will benefit the environment by contributing less waste to the ecosystem.

3. Improved finances

Having fewer items in your home will eventually lead you to have more disposable income as you will buy less and ultimately have less to take care of. As you come to understand that your money can be used for better things than just buying more possessions you will also have more free time for memorable experiences and quality time with family and friends!

4. More time

It goes without saying that the fewer items you have in your home, the less things there are to clean, whether that be clothes that need washing or shelves of books and ornaments that need dusting. By consciously choosing to only have items in your homes that you really need or love, (if this sounds tricky, a professional organiser can be a really worthwhile assistant in this process) what was once cleaning time will now become free time to do things that you enjoy. Win Win!

5. Improved organisation

The fewer items you must keep track of, the more organised your space will be. When you have less stuff, it’s much easier to find a designated place for each item and when everything is organised, you can find what you need quickly and efficiently. As a result, you will spend less time looking for things you need, and you can use this extra time to be productive or try to incorporate more relaxing moments in your day! A professional organiser can help you set up systems of organisation in your home so there’ll be no chance of your falling back into maximalist ways!

6. Ability to be more present

When you have fewer items binding and reminding you of your past, then you’ll be freer to enjoy the moment in the here and now. Whilst there will be certain items you won’t feel ready to part with, there is no need to hold on to every item that has ever meant something to you. By allowing yourself to let go of some of these items you will feel great freedom. Sometimes having too many of these personal reminders will hinder you from living fully in the present moment and minimalism is a great cure for this dilemma.

7. Easier to move home

Incorporating minimalist principles into your life will help to greatly reduce the time and stress associated with moving homes. Owning fewer items will mean you’ll spend far less time packing up your possessions, carrying items into moving vans and setting up your new home. Moving home will be a breeze! If you want your move to be completely fuss free, you might also consider hiring a professional organiser to take care of everything for you!

8. Better health

Once you have adopted a minimalist mindset you will begin to rid yourself of excess is all areas of your life by focussing on your priorities. You will start to apply this thinking to the foods that you eat and the products that you buy. When your kitchen is only stocked with a few healthy essentials and fresh foods, the temptation of unhealthy snacks hiding at the back of the pantry will be gone.

9. Better relationships

Becoming a minimalist often changes your outlook on owning bigger and better items and once you stop worrying about trying to impress people with your material possessions your relationships with family and friends will grow stronger. Your will no longer be focussed on spending long hours at work to be able to afford more ‘stuff’ and will instead be able to spend more quality time with loved ones.

10. Increased gratitude

When you adopt minimalist values and start to simplify your home, choosing to own only the things that add value to your lives, you begin to appreciate the items you own more than ever. Removing excess clutter from your home creates the opportunity to find more gratitude, for the things you own and the value they add to your life. You’ll also be able to easier recognise the abundance in your life and how little you really need to live a full, rich, happy life.

If you’d like some help getting started on your journey to becoming a minimalist, then Homefulness is here to help! Get in touch today – we really look forward to hearing from you!