What It Means to Live Like a Minimalist

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Have you ever rummaged through your clothest pilling up 15 sweaters saying “no,” “no,” and “no” every time you put a new one on? Well, this rarely ever happens with minimalists. Imagine looking at your clothes with only a couple of your favorite t-shirts, pants, and shoes. It may seem rather boring, but there are plenty of pros to this lifestyle. This is what it means to live like a minimalist. 

Hard-core minimalists just have enough to take care of themselves throughout the week; clothes, everyday jewelry, and a couple pairs of shoes, versatile for every occasion. For someone like me that has a jam-packed closet, a separate hanging rack of clothes that is about to topple over and a shoe rack that quickly outgrew its 100 pair limit, this was daunting. 

I love clothes, I love staying up on trends, and I hate saying goodbye to anything in my closest, even if I haven’t worn it in over a year. But what I didn’t realize was how simplistic life could potentially be just by getting rid of all the clutter. 

As I’ve expressed through my other posts, I have been living in a subleased apartment that one of my friends offered me as she was living somewhere else for a few months. It’s that time that she is taking her belongings to another place; her bed, some furniture from the living area, and decorations. 

I am excited to start decorating myself, but what I found interesting was my comfort in living without all the clutter. Even though all these decorations were beautiful and made the place feel like home, it felt like I was living in a smaller place than I really was.

Moving forward, all I ordered was a bed and bed frame, with consideration of getting a dresser and a full-body mirror. But other than that, I don’t really want to purchase much else. Things seem clean, I have more room, and I’m fully starting to understand the pros of minimalistic living. 

By no means do I think I could get rid of half my closet, but I do want to start making more of an effort to living minimalistically. 

While doing research for a project I had going on at work, I discovered some of the pros and cons of following through with this way of living:

The Pros:

You save a heck of a lot of money.

Think about it. You won’t want to be buying those new shoes, sweaters, or handbags every season. Instead, you will be using your favorites over and over until it isn’t functional anymore. 

To be honest, back in high school and college I would spend hundreds of dollars a week on apparel that very easily could still have the tags on it, still do this day. I would buy things just because it was on sale instead of actually loving the piece aside from its phenomenal price range. 

I thought I was saving money, but in all reality, I was losing it from the lack of use. 

Anxiety and stress are put at bay.

If your work area and living situation is clean and decluttered it is known to decrease anxiety and have a more welcoming appeal. Not only that, the way of this lifestyle is followed through by evaluating everything you own and what value it has to you. 

If it isn’t valuable, get rid of it. 

Recognizing what is beneficial to your life and get rid of what isn’t. This can make you so much happier and keep your anxiety-filled, clustered apartment out of the picture. 

Helps the earth go round.

All personal benefits aside, minimalism is good for the earth. Once unnecessary things aren’t being purchased, thrown out from lack of use, or hopefully being manufactured at a lower rate, this can reduce our waste. 

Living with what you truly need to get by with and pass on everything else. If you really don’t need those new Louis Vuitton boots because you have 10 other pairs just like them, don’t get them.

If you are wanting to get rid of things that don’t provide value to you, I highly suggest donating them so others are able to benefit from your perfectly good items that may just not fit in your life the way you hoped they would.

Con’s:

Being aware of your actions

Minimalism sounds fun and easy until it gets down to actually getting rid of your things, or wearing the same wardrobe you have for the past few weeks. Trust me, this is coming from the girl that has hundreds of different clothing options. 

Being aware of what you need and what you want is crucial. 

My Mah would always tell me this growing up; “do you want it or do you need it?” to try and get me to stay away from buying unnecessary things putting my finances in jeopardy. Really take that into consideration when purchasing that next item you “need.”

Incorporating minimalism into my lifestyle

To be completely honest, I have been working towards minimalism since moving to Austin, without really noticing it until doing a little research for work. I didn’t and don’t want to buy anything that I really don’t need, or have to live with clutter.

Growing up, I moved more than ever throughout college having to get new furniture, clothing, or other random “necessities” that I don’t even live now. It was either destroyed from overuse, never been able to use from losing it on my many journeys, or just quite frankly, didn’t care about it anymore. 

I wasted hundreds, if not thousands, on items or services I thought I wouldn’t be able to live without.

So when it comes to buying new furniture, decorating my place, or splurging on things I know I won’t benefit from or bring joy into my life, I don’t want it. I would rather save my pretty pennies to buy my dream house or spend on beautiful memories with loved ones instead.

 

For those that are living anxiously, spending money like it’s your job, and constantly filling some void with shopping, take it on yourself to take baby steps to this way of living. 

 

Until tomorrow,

Xoxo

Kayla

 

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