The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
Why do we need to care about ‘Minimalist Living’? There will be contrasting views to this question every time you go out to seek its answer. Most people who already have enough will not care to travel this way. Before I start this article, I want to know your views about this concept. Moreover, in case you had some confusion regarding the minimalist style of living, this article will try to get rid of them.
What is Minimalist Living?
How to live with less has been a pertinent question all around the globe. Some abhor it, some swear by it. In simple words, Minimalist Living promotes our ability to do away with unnecessary things, be it luxury products or general products and live with whatever is requisite.
Our forefathers never had to swear by this word to make others realize that they abide by it as they were content with what they had. Our life today apprise a different story – many of those who claim themselves to be wealthy, own products to assure others that they are indeed so.
Most of us suffer from a glaring problem. We try to seek happiness by possessing more and more stuff, most of which may be unnecessary in the first place. Minimalist living is an intention to be content with whatever we have and ensuring that we don’t succumb to the worldly pressure to own more and more.
If I take up Minimalist Living, what are the benefits of it?
As soon as you read the above para, the question that what are the benefits of a minimalist living will pop up in your mind. The most propitious answer is that it will increase your happiness. We are not saying it; it has been proved time and again. Let us see some of the reasons why it has the potential to make you happier –
Less Financial Worries
Minimalist living doesn’t necessitate spending exorbitantly on products you don’t require. It helps you to reduce your debts and expenses. You can save money regularly to pay off the debt. Also, there is no longer the need to buy that expensive Calvin Klein Jeans to show off to the people around you.
No unnecessary Clutter
You may have come across the 90/90 Rule that has been propagated by famous minimalists, Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn. This rule has a simple theory, pick up any belonging and see if you have used it in the last 90 days. If not, see if there are any chances of using it in the next 90 days. If the answer is in the negative, it is time that you let that belonging go.
In theory, this may be easy, but this cannot be followed practically for every object. You may not have used specific things, but it is almost impossible for you to let them go. On the flip side, you can make some extra bucks by parting with these unnecessary belongings.
Budgeting will be easier
We all make budgets regarding our expected incomes and expenses. Imagine if we have ten fewer things to spend on, how easier it will be to frame our budgets? You need not weigh how much less you are paying for every item, but you know that you are spending less overall.
In today’s world, most of us can be content with a $300 phone, but what do we do – we spend almost a thousand dollars to own flagships just for the sake of owning them. It is just a trivial example, incorporate spending on subscriptions like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and so many more, and you will realize how much money goes down the drain. Getting rid of these will ease out your budget and give you a chance to concentrate more on critical areas.
Minimalism comes from within
If we try and look for minimalism outside, it may not be attainable at all. We need to start from ourselves first. Tell your mind that you don’t need more than what is necessary for you and your family to stay happy.
Minimalist living is an acceptance of life in its purest form, devoid of pleasures that you don’t need. It is the acceptance of the fact the less is more and human beings stay the happiest when they stop running to get approval from the society.
Minimalism is freeing yourself from the obligation to buy
With human beings adopting modernization at such a fast pace, they have increasingly become obliged to buy under the burden of society. We need to understand that accumulating things won’t lead to an increase in happiness. However, it has been a hard nut to crack. Most people are falling in this trap at a rapid pace.
Minimalist living frees us from the obligation to buy unnecessary stuff. It promotes optimal use of available resources and living with a bit less. It helps us in living life at a healthy pace rather than the rapid pace that these so-called modernized people are suffering.
Issues involved with Minimalist Living
Quality doesn’t come cheap
Minimalist living promotes acquiring quality products in limited quantity over affordable products in bulk quantity. The problem is, we all know that quality products are costlier than cheaper offerings. Also, repairing quality products demand a considerable amount too. It makes it difficult for people with limited resources to follow this lifestyle.
Difficult to give up the mentality of hoarding
Some people have the habit of hoarding, and when you tell them that you need to give up your ‘prized possessions,’ they may not take it very positively. It can be challenging even for people who did not have a very luxurious childhood. They may love to hold on a bit more tightly, and the idea of parting with them will not go down well with them.
Should you take up Minimalism?
The answer to this question varies from person to person. The exact rules of minimalist living may not suit you, but you can always start small. Try to give up things that you don’t use, or you don’t need.
You needn’t be an absolute minimalist, but hey you saved a few dollars every month just by agreeing to this idea. That itself is a great start. Kudos!
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