A few months ago I decided to take the journey toward minimalism. I had already started decluttering, but it wasn’t until I looked into it a little more that I realized I really wanted to strive toward a minimalist, intentional lifestyle.
If you’re unsure about what minimalism is, I’ve liked this particular definition best: “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” That’s the definition The Minimalists give, and I definitely agree that’s what I’m trying to do.
So I’ve been wanting to sit down for a while and write about how my mental state was affected by my journey toward minimalism. There have definitely been a few benefits that i’ve seen throughout this process, so I’ll be addressing a few of them.
First off, I’ve realized that decluttering really started to give me a sense of purpose during a time when I was pretty unhappy with just about everything that was going on around me. It gave me a project to work on that I looked forward to, and it gave me a reason to get up in the morning, honestly.
Also, the more I’ve decluttered, the more satisfied I’ve become with my belongings. It’s easier to decide what to wear, which allows me to get ready quickly in the morning. This means I don’t have to waste time and energy in the morning getting frustrated when none of my clothes feel right.
This doesn’t mean my clothes are plain or that I haven’t been able to get creative with outfits, though. Dressing well continues to be something I enjoy doing. It allows me to feel my best. The difference is that with a smaller wardrobe I’m better able to keep track of my outfit options. I love that just about everything I own now feels comfortable and looks good on me at the same time.
I’m still occasionally getting rid of some things, and it’s been fun to see which belongings continue to make the cut. It’s nice to know that it really is possible for me to get rid of material objects.
Lastly, the minimalist community is beautiful and diverse. Seeing so many different forms of minimalism has helped me see that it’s possible for me to go in so many different directions. It’s helped me become a bit more of an independent thinker because there are forms of minimalism that I’ve realized I prefer to others.
The reason this helps my mental health is that it allows me to feel more sure about myself. It allows me to become more confident when I take the label of minimalist and create a lifestyle that best suits my personality, preferences, and circumstances.
If you’re unsure about minimalism, I encourage you to look into it more, but mostly I encourage you to dive in. There are so many forms of minimalism. One of them is bound to work for you.