A Minimalist’s Train of Thought: Why Minimalism, What it means to me and What its Benefits are

People always ask why I became a minimalist, and my answer is always:

The less you have and do, the more you will feel free.

That  simple sentence took me 3 years in the making to understand, so I’ve come up with the following to help you understand my the logic behind what that sentence means to me:

A Minimalist’s Train of Thought

Less money spent means more money saved

More money saved means the longer you can live in financial peace and security

Financial peace and security comes from owning less

Less stuff owned means less to carry around, move or have to travel with

Less responsibility for your stuff also means less maintenance and more time

The more time you have, the more relaxed you will feel

The more relaxed you are, the less you will care about stuff

If you care less about stuff, it means you’ll care less about image

If you care less about image, you will care more about experiences and memories

If you care more about experiences and memories, you will be happier with less

If you are happier with less, you’ll never want or need for more

The less you want or need for more, the more you will feel free

The Everyday Minimalist

This is by no means a post to make you give away everything and live with only a cup and a mat on the floor, but that is what minimalism in its essence means to me.

I am not an extreme minimalist, I’d consider myself moderate, but minimalism (as is with most things in life) is relative to those around you.

To you, I might be extreme. To others, I’m moderate, even a light minimalist.

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.