Claire of Want Less took her time moving towards minimalism, taking the last year and a half to declutter her home. Today she shares The 10 Things I’ve Noticed Since Becoming a Minimalist.
Here are her 10 things. After reading through this post, head over to her article to get her perspective on these 10 things.
- Tidying is easier.
- Finding things is easier.
- Looking after things is easier.
- I’m spending less money on buying shiny, new things.
- I have more time, because I’m not spending it shopping.
- I’m buying higher-quality stuff.
- My house feels bigger and more stylish.
- I’m becoming a more considerate gift-buyer.
- I don’t miss the stuff I’ve got rid of.
- I feel calmer when I’m at home.
I agree 100% with Claire’s observations. In our house, tidying is much easier. Before decluttering, it would take hours to prepare our house for visitors. Now, even though we are currently in a bigger house, it takes 15-20 minutes to make it presentable. It’s mostly a matter of picking up the daily use items, rather than processing (hiding) a backlog of clutter.
I have more time, but not because I’m not spending it shopping. That last bit may have been tongue in cheek, but I have more time because I’m not spending it pushing around clutter when we try to clean up. I’m not spending as much time maintaining a mountain of stuff.
Along these lines, I also notice that I feel less desire to keep up with others. I feel like I have exited the suburban competition to have the biggest, most expensive stuff. Things like my car, a status symbol for many, is mostly just transportation for me. I don’t feel the need to compete to have the best, newest car in the neighborhood. I still take pride in my stuff, but I feel less attached to it.
What benefits have you noticed since you started decluttering? Share in the comments section or on our Facebook page.