Benefits of Minimalism – 21 Benefits of Owning Less in 2021

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In so many different ways, minimalism opens you up to a more peaceful and fulfilling life. One you can be happy with most of the time.

Here are 21 benefits of owning less stuff.

1. Less Cleaning

The more items you have, the more you have to clean. If you have too many clothes, laundry can take forever.

When your house is stuffed with furniture, you have a lot to move around in order to dust and vacuum.

Some people like cleaning and that’s fine. For the rest of us that don’t, when you have less items to gather dust, cleaning is simple, which makes life a lot easier.

2. Less Choices

If you’re like me, you probably don’t like taking a long time to make decisions. I’d rather have the majority of my choices be quick and simple.

When you get rid of those closet of full of clothes, you no longer have to agonize over finding something to wear.

If you clear out your pantry and fridge, it gets easier to pick a meal to eat.

With less choices, you save time for yourself to do more of the activities you enjoy in life, which is the point of a minimalist lifestyle.

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3. Less Distraction

While I haven’t personally felt this way, I know some people who can’t focus in a messy room.

They see too many items lying around that have to be picked up.

Too much stuff on their desk that needs to be cleared. With all those thoughts in your mind, it’s hard to focus on what’s important to you.

But once you decide to clear that desk and pick up those items, you no longer have the distraction.

You have a chance to focus on your personal goals and increase your chances of success.

4. Less Tiredness

It can be exhausting figuring out what to do with all your stuff sometimes.

From the physical standpoint, moving items around and picking them up can take a toll on your body.

From the mental standpoint, it’s always on your mind. You have to decide what to do with that item or this item or somebody else’s item.

By the time you figure some of it out, your energy is too low to do something good for yourself, like making a healthy meal, or enjoying an activity you like.

The less you have in your house, the less you have to put your energy towards dealing with.

That’ll give you more energy to do what you really want to do.

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5. Less Stress

The cleaning, the choices, the distraction, the tiredness… what does that all add up to?

Yep, stress! And of course, you know that all that stress isn’t going to be good for you in the long run.

Science is proving more and more each day that there’s a link between stress and poor physical health.

Becoming a minimalist could potentially make you a more physically well person.

And the more physically well you are, the happier you’ll be.

6. Less Spending

When we choose not to own as much, we’re more able to not spend as much. In fact, you could end up saving a lot of money.

7. Increased freedom

When you don’t have so many things that need to be cared for, there’s a sense feeling less tied down.

You could be more easily able to get up and move somewhere when you please.

If you ever do move, it can help make it even easier to set up a declutter checklist.

8. More environmentally friendly

When we choose to not buy as much, we’re helping the environment in two big ways. One, we’re decreasing the amount of resources being used up.

Two, with stock supplies, there’s a decreased amount of products shipped, and thus a decreased amount of carbon dioxide released in the atmosphere.

9. More productivity

If you’re not as distracted with having to clean and organize things, you’re more able to be productive in other tasks you want to get done.

10. Good example for your children

It’s going to be the next generation that’s going to be responsible for making the world a better place.

Instilling the value of owning less can help make our children more generous and giving to one another as they become adults.

They’ll be more likely to practice selflessness.

11. More ability to support causes

With the more finances you have, you can give more to causes that matter to you.

And of course with more energy from not having to clean or declutter as much, you can feel up to volunteering more.

12. Do more of what you want

With nothing to organize or shuffle through so much, you can focus more on doing the things you want to do.

13. Less comparing yourself to others

What need is there to compare when your space is as peaceful and relaxing as you want it to be? Right, no need at all.

14. A more attractive space

A home tends to look nicer when there’s a decent amount of space for people to move around and stretch out.

15. Easier to let go of the past

Many of the things we have may hold painful memories from the past.

It can be easier to let go by getting rid of those things, and give yourself more room to move forward and let in new joy in the present.

16. More time to rest

This is probably a no-brainer, but definitely worth highlighting that you get more rest not having to deal with your items much.

17. Easier to downsize

You may or may not decide you want into move into a more minimalist apartment or house. But if you decide to, it won’t be so hard to find room for your items.

18. Easier to highlight what you value

With less distraction from unnecessary clutter, your prized possessions get the space they need to shine.

19. Easier to get ready for visitors

People can feel rushed to clean up when visitors come over. With less items, you can take your time.

20. More gratitude

With not having any items you don’t really value, you’re more able to focus on being grateful for the items that you do value.

21. Increases your ability to be intentional

As you get better at having less, it’s helping you be more intentional about what choices you make

There’s no better time than now to take charge of your life. It only takes one step, no matter how big or small, to start making a difference.

Have one less shirt in your closet. Have one less unused item in your house.

You might find as you become more minimalist, you really do start find more personal fulfillment than ever before

Just practice a minimalist lifestyle each day, and hopefully you’ll see a significant change in your life in no time.

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  1. Juli Anna California says:

    All these things are true! My #1 reason for chaging my life and becoming a Minimalist? LESS STRESS!!!!

    1. Yes! The best reason for becoming a minimalist. 🙂