In recent years, minimalism has become a common trend among millennials who are experiencing a quickly changing lifestyle and a dramatic shift in consumer attitudes. When I graduated from college and got my first job, all I dreamed about was getting a big apartment, clothes that would never fit into a massive wardrobe and a big collection of shoes and watches. I will share my experience with you on ChangeBy.
As I have grown
older, I have understood that value doesn’t always coincide with the quantity
of stuff I own. In fact, the more “stuff” I bought, the less happy I seemed to
be. It was then I came across the theory of minimalism which I have
successfully applied in my life to live more happily and save more money. Here
are the reasons why minimalism is the only lifestyle choice you will ever need
You clear your
The first rule
of minimalism is clearing your clutter. It applies to everything- clothes that
you bought but never wore, shoes that are lying idle on the racks and even food
that you bought but are never going to eat. It would simply go bad in your
refrigerator until you eventually throw it out. Instead of keeping an emotional
attachment with your “stuff” you decide to throw away or donate things that you
will never use. It includes everything from old DVDs to furniture- just get rid
of anything you won’t need or haven’t used in a long time.
The moment you
start doing this, you will find an instant breeze of fresh air flowing through
your house. There will be many less possessions to take care of and life would
become simpler. I also downsized my apartment and moved to a smaller space
because I didn’t have many possessions. I could easily shift to a smaller place
where I kept only the things I really needed.
Its good for
good for your wallet and many ChangeBy readers swear by this fact. Personally,
I have been able to get rid of my rampant consumerism and addiction to fast
fashion because of minimalism. I save thousands of dollars each year by not
buying new clothes every few weeks. I only buy things when I need them, keep my
spending to a minimum and only spend on things that provide me value. It has
helped increase my quality of life as well. Not only this, my bank balance has
remained intact for a very long time.
The best thing
about minimalism is that it keeps you away from debt. Over the years, I have
realized that debt is a big problem for anyone who wants to live a happy and
fulfilled life. My credit card debt was beyond control but ever since I turned
into a minimalist, I have discarded my credit card completely and live off my
debit card. Its simpler, easier and helps me stay completely debt free.
These are three
of the biggest reasons why minimalism is the only lifestyle change you will
ever need to make. If you have any questions, ask me here at ChangeBy.