Reasons to Love Minimalism: 15 Ways Less is More

Reasons to Love Minimalism: 15 Ways Less is More

As someone who writes about and strives to live a simple, minimalist life, it’s no surprise that I think there are many reasons to love minimalism. Decluttering my home, simplifying my schedule and commitments, and shifting my perspective about “stuff” have done wonders for my life.

The benefits of minimalism are worth the time and effort

There are many reasons to love minimalism, some small, some life changing. As I’ve said before, minimalism will look different for each of us, depending on what we value and prioritize. When you declutter and let go of stuff you neither use nor love, you begin realizing the benefits of minimalism. The more you let go of, the more space you make in your life to experience these benefits.

At the beginning of your minimalism journey, it can be daunting and seem like a lot of work. Completely overhauling your life, your home and the way you live requires time, effort and patience. But the results of doing so are very much worth it! There are so many reasons to love minimalism. The benefits minimalism brings into your life are completely worth the time and effort it takes to get there.

Reasons to Love Minimalism: 15 Ways Less is More

15 Reasons to Love Minimalism

Today I want to share 15 reasons to love minimalism. To encourage, inspire and motivate you to put in the time and effort to start experiencing the benefits of less!

1. More time and energy

Every single thing you own takes up some of your time and energy. Some things take up more than others, but they all take some. Just think, it starts when you decide to buy something. You research it, shop for it, work to pay for it, and bring it home. Then you have to store it, pick it up, clean it, maintain it, organize it, repair it, etc.

Some things are worth the time and energy they require. These are things you use regularly or bring you joy. Other things aren’t worth the amount of time and energy they take up.

The more things you own, the more of your time and energy they take up. The less you own, the less time and energy you spend managing your “stuff”. And the more time and energy you have to focus on what is most important to you.

2. More space

Naturally, the less stuff you fill your house with, the more space you will have in your home. With less stuff, you don’t have closets and basements jammed full. You have more than enough space because you don’t own more than you use or need. You create breathing room in your home when it has less clutter and stuff.

We often think we need to buy bigger homes, with bigger closets and more storage space. But if you commit to owning less, and only owning things you use regularly or love, you might not need as much space as you think. And you might realize you have more than enough space already, you just had too much stuff!

3. More money

When you commit to embracing minimalism and owning less, you tend to spend less money. Simply because choosing to own less means buying less. And when you do buy new things, you do so thoughtfully and intentionally. Rather than buying things you don’t really need, won’t use, or are more than you need.

A great side effect and reason to love minimalism is when you commit to owning less and buying less, you also tend to save money! Or maybe have more money for the things you really want to do, like travel.

4. Less mental clutter and more focus

A cluttered home often leads to a cluttered mind. Your external surrounding are often a reflection and mirror to your internal state. When one is cluttered, chaotic or in disarray, the other tends to be as well. You feel overwhelmed, forgetful or unable to concentrate because your space is full of clutter and in disarray.

When you minimize the clutter, you create a more calming environment. A place where your mind and eyes can rest because there is less visual clutter and more white space. Your mind has a chance to become less cluttered and overwhelmed and you can focus more easily.

5. Less stress

When your home is cluttered and chaotic, not only are you bombarded by visual clutter, but your mind also has to work so much harder. You have to remember where things are among piles of stuff. You lose things and forget about things, simply because there is too much stuff to keep track of.

There are so many ways too much stuff adds stress to your life. All the way from having to work more to pay for it all, or accumulating debt because of it. To having to worry about cleaning it all up, organizing it and managing it all. Even to losing your keys because they got lost under a pile of clutter.

Owning less simply means you have fewer things adding stress to your life.

Reasons to Love Minimalism: 15 Ways Less is More

6. More freedom and flexibility

Another reason to love minimalism is because owning less gives you so much more freedom and flexibility. Not only will you have more time, more space, less stress, more money, etc. But you simply become unburdened from “stuff”. You start to recognize what actually adds value to your life, and what isn’t worth the price of owning it.

The freedom and flexibility you gain from minimalism looks different for all of us. Maybe it means you can play with your kids more and be the kind of parent you want to be. Or maybe it means you can work fewer hours because you don’t spend as much money anymore. Maybe you travel more once you are unburdened and no longer weighed down by so much stuff.

The freedom and flexibility minimalism gives you ranges from little things, to huge, life changing things. But the key is, minimalism and owing less gives you the opportunities to create the life you want. It frees up your time, space and money so you can live your life the way you want to. Instead of living the way you have to because you’re weighed down by stuff, commitments and debt.

7. More time for things you love

You gain more time and energy by having fewer things to take care of. Then, you have the opportunity to use that time and energy for what you really love.

Maybe it’s a hobby or activity you want to have more time and energy for. Or maybe it’s more time and energy to spend with friends or family.

Whatever it is for you, owning less means you have more time and energy to devote to the things you love and make you happy.

8. Improved relationships

Carrying on with that thought, minimalism also gives you the opportunity to improve your relationships and focus more on the people you love. Again, when you have less stuff, you have more time and energy. Which gives you the chance to focus on the family and friends who are most important to you.

It gives you the chance to play with your kids instead of just cleaning up all the time. Or to meet a friend for coffee because you have more free time. Maybe it’s more time to spend and connect with your spouse rather than feeling drained and tired at the end of another long day.

Minimalism also improves your relationships by making you more comfortable inviting people to your home. When you have less stuff, your home stays tidier with much less effort. When you aren’t embarrassed that your home will be a mess, or don’t need to spend hours cleaning it up before you feel comfortable inviting anyone over, you’re much more likely to welcome guests to your home. This gives you a chance to deepen your relationships without stressing about how cluttered or messy your home is.

However it looks for you, having more time and energy to devote to the relationships that matter most to you will help those relationships grow, deepen and flourish.

9. Cleaning is easier and faster

Owning less means you have less to pick up, put away, clean, organize, etc. Basically, your home stays cleaner and tidier because there is less stuff to make a mess with inside it.

Also, the less you own, the faster and easier the actual cleaning chores, like vacuuming, dusting, mopping, etc. become. Not only are there fewer items to clean. But there is also less to get in the way while you’re cleaning, so cleaning becomes faster and easier.

10. More environmentally friendly

When we choose to own less, this naturally leads us to buy less. Everything we consume has an impact on the environment. Everything from pollution caused by manufacturing and shipping, to the packaging materials, all adds up. Owning less and buying less reduces our environmental impact.

Also, when we commit to owning less and buying less, we tend to make more careful buying decisions. When you embrace minimalism, you begin to value quality over quantity. You usually research what you’re buying, and look for the best quality option. Better quality items tend to be less disposable and last longer. Meaning there are less likely to end up in the landfill in only a short time. Also reducing your environmental impact.

Reasons to Love Minimalism: 15 Ways Less is More

11. More clarity about who you are and what’s important to you

The whole point of minimalism, is to figure out what is most important to you. Then get rid of anything that distracts you from it or doesn’t align with it.

Minimalism allows you to remove the excess from your life so you have a chance to pinpoint your values. And even gain a better understanding of your own identity. You discover what you value. And also what you enjoy, what matters most to you and how you want to use your time and energy.

You may even apply minimalist philosophies to your schedule, looking to simplify it and become less busy. You start to look at the activities and commitments taking up your time. And begin questioning if they add value to your life or not. You become more intentional with what you allow to take up both your time and your energy. Including both the physical stuff you own, and the ways you commit your time.

12. More self confidence

When you adopt a minimalist mindset, you realize what you own doesn’t determine your who you are as a person.  This helps you become more self confident. You quit trying to “keep up with the Joneses” and realize what you own doesn’t determine your worth. Your words, your actions and your deeds show the world the kind of person you are. What you own or don’t own simply doesn’t matter.

The more you embrace this, the more self confident you become. Simply because you aren’t measuring your self worth by what you own. You recognize your self worth is intrinsic. Material possessions will never make you feel good about yourself in the long term if you don’t feel good about yourself already.

By breaking the tie between your perceived self worth and what you own, you give yourself the opportunity to gain self confidence based on what really matters.

13. More calm

When your space has less clutter, you tend to feel calmer and more peaceful.

Being surrounded by chaos and visual clutter makes it difficult to relax, feel calm and at ease. But a clutter-free, peaceful home makes it easier for you to feel more relaxed and calm.

14. Easier to stay organized

The less stuff you have, the less time and effort you need to spend organizing. In fact, the more you declutter and embrace minimalism, the less you even need to organize at all. Your closets, drawers and cupboards aren’t jammed full. There is plenty of room for the things you decide to keep.

When you own less, organizing becomes so much simpler, faster and easier to maintain. You don’t need elaborate organizational systems to find ways to fit as much stuff in a space as possible. In fact, you’ll probably have space to spare.

Some organization is always nice so you have a spot for everything you own, and can always find it easily. But the less you own, the less time and effort you need to spend organizing and maintaining your organized spaces.

15. More gratitude

When you commit to owning less, you become more appreciative of the things you have. You recognize that you already own more than enough of what you need. Your attitude and mindset shift, and you become grateful for and content with what you already have. Choosing to own less begins to cultivate a deep sense of gratitude for what you have, as you become more and more aware of what enough looks like for you.

This is one of my favourite reasons to love minimalism. And the one that surprised me the most. I was so focused on getting rid of stuff, I wasn’t expecting to become so aware and appreciative of what I kept. The impact minimalism has on feelings of contentment and gratitude is one of the best reasons to love minimalism for me.

We each have our own reasons to love minimalism

Each of us are drawn to minimalism for our own unique reasons. But usually, once we begin to embrace minimalism, we realize there are many more reasons to love minimalism than what initially drew us to it.

Minimalism offers so many benefits, and all you need to do is be ready to let go. Let go of the excess, the “stuff”, the unnecessary commitments. And before you know it, your life fills up with so much more. More time, more space, more freedom and all of the other reasons to love minimalism. Embracing a life with less lets you experience the benefits and all the reasons to love minimalism.

What initially drew you to embracing or dabbling in minimalism? What are your biggest reasons to love minimalism? Let me know in the comments below!

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36 Comments

  1. I am mostly a more is more kind of guy so minimalism is kind of a challenge for me. You have many great points so something for me to think about.
    My mantra is “If something makes me happy or I may need it in court I keep it”.

    1. Thanks! It can be hard to embrace a minimalist lifestyle. Not only can it be very counter cultural in our consumerist society, but it also takes time and practice to change our habits and behaviors. Just remember that to focus on progress, not perfection. Even small steps towards decluttering and minimalism will make a difference! Thanks for reading and good luck on your journey to minimalism!

  2. I only recently discovered the joys of minimalism in 2012 when I was forced into it because of frequent moving and travel. I agree it has so many benefits!

  3. Planning to move out of state is what started our journey towards minimalism. Each item in our house, we need to decide if it’s important enough to haul across the country or not.
    We’re also wanting to have more time together as a family, which means less time on chores.

    1. Those are really great motivators to move towards minimalism. I think it helps a lot to know why you are doing the hard work of decluttering. Good for you for knowing why you wanted to embrace minimalism and following through, that’s great! Thanks for reading and sharing your experience!

  4. Really loved this post and love your entire blog. I struggle with minimalism because I’m overwhelmed with where to start. It seems harder to get rid of stuff than to just live with the clutter I’ve already collected. This opens my eyes to the benefits and gives me motivation to start.

    1. Thanks so much Meaghan! I’m so glad you found this post helpful and it motivated you. Decluttering and minimalism is one of those things where there’s short term pain, long term gain. It does take a lot of time and energy to declutter your house. But once you do the work, the benefits are so fantastic. And you never have to deal with all that “stuff” again once you take the time to get rid of it. If you’re overwhelmed about where to start, I recommend doing a quick sweep through your whole house grabbing anything and everything you see that you don’t use or love. You’ll be amazed how fast and effortless this is! You might also want to check out this post for some easy ways to start decluttering and build up your decluttering momentum and motivation:
      Kick-start Your Decluttering: 30 Easy Things to Get Rid of
      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. I first embraced the idea of minimalism in the process of moving. The initial purge felt so good that I kept it up as best that I can with a young daughter in tow. The greatest impact is more mental clarity from dropping the baggage! Great post!

    1. Thanks Marnie, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Moving is a great time to declutter. And that’s awesome to hear you loved minimalism so much you have kept going and kept it up. It really does make life so much easier! The mental clarity has been a huge benefit for me too, it’s surprising how much of a mental toll all our stuff takes on us. Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. Each tip from 1 to 15 resonated with me. I completely agree with you and I love the last one, gratitude. It goes a long way when you think back on your day and appreciate everything you have. We shouldn’t worry about what we don’t have and care more about what we do have and share it with others.

  7. Hi Melissa,
    I love all these 15 reasons! My favorite is the space it creates and eliminating the clutter. I find that when an area is cluttered, subconsciously it is very disruptive and also in my body. I feel very defeated. I love clean lines and knowing right where everything is!

    1. Thanks Karen, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the post! I completely agree with you, clutter really does add a lot of stress to our lives and weight on our shoulders. And knowing where everything is makes life so much easier! Thanks for reading and take care 🙂

  8. Dear Melissa,I love reading your blog. You are so motivating. All your 15 points are really true. Keep inspiring us. You are a good writer and good motivator. Minimalism is new to me but i can already see the results of not having a lot of stuff. Thank you

    1. Thank you Noah, I’m so glad to hear you have been enjoying my blog! Thank you for your kind words 🙂
      I’m happy to hear you’re already seeing the benefits minimalism can bring to your life, that’s wonderful! Thanks for reading and good luck as you continue your minimalism journey!

  9. My biggest challenge to minimalism is holding on to sentimental items. I have things from a mother, sister, grandparents, and in-laws who are no longer with us and it is hard to let those things go. I am trying to use some of your tips as in keeping one or two items and making photos of some of the others before letting go.

  10. Love this! Definitely true! If a space is messy and crazy, my mind will feel crazy and stressed. I thought about taking on a second part time job for an extra check, but i decided not to because i was not in love with the role. I did not love the way I felt going to the organization, and i did not love how it would take up extra time each week. It was a drain, a drag, it “pulled” me down physically and emotionally so i decided to let it go. I can now focus on my other job, my classes, and my own passions and projects. I love how you mentioned that minimalism is not just about material objects, but also about time, energy, thinking, and your inner world. I love this post! Thank you!

    1. Thanks Janae! I love how you were so intentional and thoughtful about the decision to leave the position. It’s so true, how we spend our time and energy is so important, and if something is not adding value to your life (an object you own, or a job like you experienced), it’s best to let it go if you are able. Thank you for reading and thank you so much for sharing your experience, it was inspiring to hear!

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