For most of us minimalism, just means white walls, and very bare rooms. But unlike most of our misconceptions, minimalism isn't a esthetic, its a mindset.
Minimalism isn't about only owning 10 shirts, or not having a car, it doesn't mean you cant wear makeup, or enjoy your shoe addiction. Minimalism is about having items in your life that you love, want, and need. When you put it that way it doesn't sound all that crazy. The items in your life should bring you joy, not stress. Every thing in your life should contribute positively to your wellbeing and happiness. Some items are more fun then others, like your favorite dress, that undoubtedly makes you feel good when you're having a bad day. And then there's your toothbrush, and your soap; not as exciting but they add value to your life and they make you feel good (because feeling clean is good).
Being a minimalist is going to be different for every person that does it. For some of us its owning 50 items and not shaving. For others it just means pairing our wardrobe down so getting ready in the morning is less stressful.
So if your not convinced yet, here are some benefits of a minimalist lifestyle.
1. Less stuff = less stress
~ When everything in your closet goes well together, and makes you feel good getting dressed in the morning is much easier
2. More free time
~ instead of spending hours rifling through junk drawers and climbing over boxes in our basement to find what we are looking for we will actually know what we own. Making it easier to find the things we need, and not waste time and energy searching for them.
3. Less time cleaning= more time living
~ We all have felt the pain of Sunday cleaning, and having to finally pick up all the stuff you threw around the room over the week and try and jam it into our overflowing drawers.
~Instead of spending so much time cleaning, you can actually enjoy life, spending time with friends and reconnecting with yourself.
4. Time to focus on you
~ The journey of minimalism teaches us so much about ourselves, by looking through our items, we learn about the things in life we actually value. We also can learn a lot about why we feel we need to hang on to things we know we don't need.
There is so many reasons to simplify your life! Think about it!