Minimalism is much more than a passing trend. Keeping extraneous items to a minimum has far-reaching positive effects on your life, including boosting mental clarity. However, many people still hit a roadblock when trying to clear out the clutter in their lives, both physically and mentally. Part of the problem is that people assume that a minimalist lifestyle has to be all-or-nothing. The good news is that you don’t have to be perfect at minimalism to enjoy the perks of it. You can slowly incorporate minimalist habits into your routine to start reaping the rewards.
Instead of feeling stressed by the idea of purging unnecessary items, you can be excited about the relief you’ll feel once you have more space. Ultimately, minimalism can allow you to feel a greater sense of freedom and control over your life. Also, if you’re one of the Americans who inadvertently overspends by several thousands of dollars each year, minimalism could help your wallet.
It’s no surprise that the relationship between minimalism and budgeting is mutually beneficial. By adopting a minimalist mindset and keeping tabs on your budget, you’ll be more cognizant of your spending habits. When you don’t spend money on items you don’t need, you won’t crowd your living space with all the things you used to buy mindlessly or impulsively. After all, it’s the impulse buyers who end up with a surplus of clothes, books, and gadgets clogging up their closets.
The minimalist mindset of being content with what you’ve got applies to many areas of life. When you are less materialistic and invest in fewer, high-quality belongings instead, you’re also helping the environment. For a compilation of actionable tips for living your best minimalist lifestyle, take a look at this graphic from Mint below.