We’ve all heard the arguments in favor of living a simpler, more frugal life. It’s less stressful. You’ll save money. The environment will thank you. But what about the here and now? Are there any advantages to living a minimalist lifestyle that you can experience if you started today? In short- yes there is. Here are just a few.
Have you ever dreamed of doing something? Maybe you’ve wondered what it would be like to paint or turn your journal into a best selling memoir. Or perhaps that window sill is just screaming for a vibrant windowsill garden. When you’ve simplified your life, you can often begin to relax and let your mind wander and your imagination take hold since you’re not worried about the trappings of a modern cluttered life.
You Gain Flexibility and Freedom
Take a look at your budget from last month. How many financial obligations weren’t really obligations at all? Do you really need the Syfy or History Channel on cable TV? Do you really need that double express latte from that cafe by your work every day? By eliminating the financial obligations that you don’t need you gain the freedom and flexibility to focus on what you do- and the time to figure out exactly what matters most to you.
Reduce Health Scares
While there will always be a time or two when you get sick. However, if you think about it, eliminating many of the unhealthy mass produced products from your diet and life will certainly help to lower the risk of developing many lifestyle diseases and conditions. We know that processed foods – although cheap and convenient are not the way to go when talking about your health.
Saving the World
Or at least a little part of it. One of the benefits that most people begin to see when they begin living frugally is that the world around them becomes more noticeable – and that they have the time and inclination to do something to improve it. While the modern mass produced world might promote the status quo, more and more people are realizing that the simple life can be much more satisfying.