There is joy to be found with less. It sounds counter intuitive I know, but it’s something I feel more every day.
I haven’t fully embraced minimalism yet but I’m curious about what that might mean for my wife and I as we get older and more mature. In our 40s now, with no kids and no plans for any, we are finding there is more energy, more freedom and far less stress and annoyances with less.
We only need so much stuff.
We only need so much house (with stuff in it).
We only need so much car.
Here are some of the benefits that I see with embracing a minimalist lifestyle.
- Less stress. With less home there is less stuff, less possessions to fret over or insure.
- Less work. With less materials to buy to sustain your lifestyle, you can likely work less or at least work more on your own terms.
- Smaller home. With less home there is less to clean, smaller bills, smaller repairs. We could downsize.
- Less purchases, less stuff, less consumption. Better for the environment. Smaller footprint.
- Higher productivity. You don’t occupy your time with things that provide little value.
- Higher focus on family, friends and relationships in general. You’re not working to pay for shit.
- More time. Time to be creative, to play, to laugh, to relax, to think.
As I get older I’m more intrigued by less stuff to provide more of what I’m looking for.
Where should I begin? Have I already started on that path? Maybe.
Here are some things that speak to my inner minimalist.
- I drive a 16-year-old car. I’ll keep it for a while yet.
- I have a few nice suits and shoes but I’m not a clothes shopaholic.
- Small things like mountain biking and walks give me joy.
- Functionality is very appealing to me.
- I have a distaste for clutter and knick-knacks around the house.
- If I had to choose between getting some cool new stuff or spending money on experiences, I would hands-down choose experiences.
- I enjoy travelling lightly.
- Organization is therapy to some degree.
- When I need to make major purchases, I try to buy quality; items built to last.
- I invest regularly and avoid gimmicky financial products to grow my portfolio incrementally. I understand that small investments will lead to major improvements over time.
- Structure in my life is great but I’m learning to appreciate “choosing my own adventure”.
I’m just scratching the surface of what minimalism might mean to me and to us. This could be a passing thought or the beginning of an entirely new journey. Like other updates on my blog, time will tell.
What’s your take on minimalism? Do you embrace it? Do you fear it? Have you tried it to any degree?