1. Create more physical and mental space. Minimalism is generally about reducing possessions to only what you need. Creating more physical space and in result, creating more mental space. Pairing down possessions is the start of minimalism, but it’s really a state of mind. Less possessions= more space, more time, more money, and more mental clarity and peace of mind.
2. Gain control of your finances (and sanity). I speak from personal experience on this. Money issues can ruin relationships, send you into a state of constant worry or even provoke panic attacks. Heading towards minimalism really does quiet your money noise and give you control over your financial situation. Since I’ve chosen to live a more minimalist life, I have stopped obsessing about money. I’m not on the trail of mindless consuming and buying everything I possibly can anymore. Thus my money noise is fading day by day. I still have a lot of debt and not a lot of savings, but I’m not stressed anymore about it. Money is not my main focus.
3. Go green! When you move in the direction of a minimalist lifestyle, you automatically lighten your environmental impact. Whether you have simply cut down on consuming stuff or have gone more extreme and sold your car, going green is inevitable with minimalism.
4. Strengthen relationships. When you don’t have so much stuff to obsess over, acquire, worry about, keep clean and organized, etc., more time is available to cultivate personal relationships. Relationships are so much more important than material things. Your stuff can’t hold your hand or laugh with you at the movies, or go for a hike (well technically I guess it can, but you know what I’m saying). People are what matter, things are not.
5. Find what you love. What are you passionate about? Do you even know? It’s very typical for people to get so obsessed with acquiring money and things, that they can’t even answer those questions. Once you have shifted your focus to a less-materialistic minimalist mindset, you will have the space and time to find your passions. Take that yoga class, sign up for that art course, start the small business you’ve been dreaming about but never thought was possible. Stop focusing on things, and start focusing on the present and find what you love.