The Lifestyle Benefits of Living Like a Minimalist
We’ve all heard the saying less is more. And if you’re moving house, this is a great discipline to keep in the back of your mind. There’s no denying that we love physical things. From small trinkets that hold great meaning to the luxurious items, we buy and hold onto all types of items.
Shifting houses offers a unique opportunity to look objectively at all of your possessions and ask yourself the important question: Do I really need this?
So let’s talk about what minimalism is, why it’s become more than just a buzzword among householders and removalists, and how to live minimally.
Minimalist living: A lifestyle with serious benefits
You only need to log into Netflix or search on YouTube for ‘minimalism’ to find families changing their lifestyles – getting rid of all that unnecessary stuff to either free up space or downsize. Some of the many benefits of detaching from physical items are:
- Reducing financial worry and avoiding living beyond your means
- Getting rid of clutter that doesn’t add value to your life
- Having more to spend on experiences, not ‘stuff’
- Being happier and less stressed
- Developing better relationships (yep, really!)
Because many items hold an emotional value, it can be difficult to just let them go. Some of the minimalism experts, like Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (The Minimalists), ask the question, ‘Have you used it in six months?’. By asking this question and getting rid of unused items, the quantity of people’s possessions could be slashed in half.
They say to look at a possession, any item, and ask: Have I used that item in the last six months? No? Then it’s okay to let go. We know, it’s easier said than done but it’s really that simple.
It’s also easier to budget if you have less to spend, so these ‘professional cullers’ suggest doing things like cutting down to one credit card. Understanding the psychology of spending can help, too.
There’s a reason why places like Ikea and Kmart are so popular. It’s because most people can afford to shop there (which is part of the problem). You should always adopt a quality over quantity mindset when reducing the number of items you ultimately keep, to a minimum.
By following a few simple minimalist tips and philosophies, you can also experience the benefits of minimalism in your house, finances, and mental health. Oh, and there’s less to pack at moving time, too!
If you’re planning to move house in 2019, consider how you can adopt a minimalist mindset and only take the items you really love. Just make sure these valued possessions get to your new house safely by hiring a team of professional removalists.
Get a quote from the pros at Taylor’s Relocations to help you move house.