What is the best thing about being a minimalist?

I get this question on occasion from the curious, who want to know what’s just so good about being a minimalist (sometimes, equated as an euphemism for being cheap or poor, neither of which I think most of us are).

The best answer I have come up with that is short & sweet is:

You have nothing to lose.

In that one sentence, this is everything it means to me:

  • You don’t worry about your things getting stolen or being lost because they are just things
  • You can pack up in a few hours and move to anywhere at any time for a job, change in life, etc
  • You can take risks that otherwise would be considered foolhardy, because you aren’t tied down to things
  • You need less to live, and therefore need less money saved to feel secure in your future
  • You don’t have an unsustainable image to upkeep so you can say “bye bye” to a stressful job that pays $$
  • …. and you don’t buy items just for the sake of what is accredited to your image/status/job/family/life
  • You know you can live with the barest of bare (not that we’re really doing it now, but it’s now possible)
  • You know what are the most important items for you to have/buy for your lifestyle (rice cooker!!)
  • You tend to really think about buying quality rather than quantity, so you don’t waste your money
  • You have the ability to prioritize & say “No”, which frees up time for you, your family & friends
  • You do what you want to do, not what others say you should or have to do

So what appeals to you about minimalism?

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.