Anyone who has embraced minimalism, in any sense of the word, knows the benefits go far beyond what you could explain in a single blog post.
Of course there are the obvious upsides of having less clutter — like fewer opportunities for your possessions to jump out of the hall closet at you next time you open the door to find your coat. But the real benefits of minimalism stretch much deeper — and wider — than that.
Here are 10 major benefits a minimalist attitude could bring to your life.
1. Clarity of mind.
We don’t think of our physical possessions being linked to mental and emotional health, but the connection between the two is undeniable.
Studies show when we clear out our closets, it has a massive impact on our mental clarity and peace of mind. Think about it. It makes sense.
When was the last time you took the time to go through your storage shed or extra bedroom and sort through all of the things you forgot were hiding in there? It may have been awhile, but how did you feel when you finally did it?
My guess is it felt like a relief. Even though you probably spent very little energy on a day-to-day basis thinking about those things, something about clearing them out calmed your mind.
That good feeling you get when you take a load of clothes to goodwill or finally go through that junk drawer in your kitchen is backed by research. If you don’t need it, love it or use it, get rid of it.
2. Better health.
You might feel hesitant to consider that getting rid of a few physical possession might change your health but consider this: what about clearing the things from your schedule that are unnecessary or unimportant?
Too many of us are overcommitted in our lives and if we really begin to ask ourselves why we haven’t scaled back already, we’ll find the answer is we’re afraid of disappointing someone — a terrible reason to overload our schedules.
What would it look like to cut back? Would you be able to rest more? Take better care of yourself and your family?
Minimalism takes many forms and whether you’re clearing things from your closet, your calendar, or your commitments, your body will thank you.
3. More freedom.
If you really spent some time thinking about it, I bet you would be shocked to think of how many physical possession you own, desire to own, or work hard to own what you don’t even want — all to impress someone at your office, or even in your family.
Dave Ramsey, financial advisor and New York Times bestselling author says:
“We buy things we don’t like with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”