I’m trying to practice minimalist living in my life because I love the idea of “living with less but only with the best”. But I’m not on the extreme side, I consider myself as a simple to moderate minimalists. I talked to a friend before and he said that he only has three shirt, one pants and so forth. I asked him why, he said he donated all his clothes because he wants to live simple. I love his idea but I know that I cannot live in less than 10 pieces of clothes because I love variations.
I’m not sure if my “Milenyo” experience is the start of my minimalist living but it helped me in downsizing our stuff. When I was still young I love to collect stuff including my first airline ticket, entrance fee tickets of my travel, membership cards or any cute stuff that has sentimental value which will serve as souvenir but after our bungalow apartment submerged into chest deep flood everything change. We lost almost everything and I bid goodbye to all cards, love letters, magazines, books and stuff that I have collected. That’s when I realized that I can live without it. So when we move out to our own house, we did not have a hard time moving our stuff, everything fits in one truck van. Living in a new home helped me more in simplifying my life.
Minimalist living doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time to embrace the true meaning of it and I’m still on the process. But I want to share five benefits of minimalist living from everyday minimalist.
1. Less stress – i love the first benefit because stress is not really good for my health. I have skin condition called psoriasis and stress is not good for psoriasis patient because it triggers our flare up.How to achieve less stress? The answer is living a simple life by cutting back your commitments and downsizing your stuff. Do not say yes to all invitations, parties and events if you think that is not really necessary. Christmas is a very busy month and I’m sure you have a lot of parties, occasions and events that you need to attend but do not stress yourself, learn to prioritize.
Minimize your stuff so you have less to take care of. As everyday minimalist say “The less you have and do, the more you will FREE”
2. Less impact on the environment – minimalist living is like practicing green living because in some way you are helping the environment. Minimalists tend to buy less and use less. Before, I used to buy stuff if I find it cute or if it is on sale but now I think before I buy. I always ask myself “do I really need this?”
3. Less money is spent – because you will buy less and save your money. Saved money can be used for future needs or future wants like travel. Minimalist doesn’t mean you are cheap but it means buying quality items so you can use them for long period of time. Quality items are not always expensive; there are quality items that are affordable.
Do not buy new stuff just because it is “in” or everyone has it and you feel less if you don’t have the latest gadgets, bags and so forth.
4. Less cleaning to do – being a minimalist is a great help especially for a full time mom like me who has no helper and nanny. Imagine the stress if I have more stuff and furniture that I have to clean, polish and maintain every day.
5. Less time wasted – if we learn to simplify, prioritize and organize less time is wasted. We have more time to focus on things which is more valuable and significant.
Just yesterday, I deactivated my facebook account because I just feel that I do not need an almost 600 friends and it consumes my time reading the news feed even if I skim and scan. I try to weed out since last month by removing acquaintance friends, schoolmates and even classmates that I’m not really close but it taking me so much time so I just deactivated it and create a new one and hoping not to commit the same mistake again.
It is not being snob but I just want to be connected with my real friends and families, someone who will really take time to check on me. So if you feel that you are one of those that I have deleted, I’m sorry but if you want to be connected with me, you can follow my twitter, facebook page or blog. =)
“As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and what is more important is to have REAL ONES.”
December is a busy month for me because this is the month when I weed out our closets, I put away our paper bills, I delete some files, email and phone numbers that i will no longer need and let go unnecessary stuff.
How about you, are you a minimalist or not?