Normally when I share an article here, I try to give it a new title. I don’t like stealing titles and sometimes I can create a title that better suits the topic. The title of today’s article is so succinct and so powerful, that I have to leave it intact.
Carol Ann Preibis of Ahh The Simple Life shares the idea that Minimalism Puts Money in Its Place.
In her typical style, Carol conveys this idea through videos, charts, pictures, and words. I’m going share my experiences on this topic and then I encourage you to follow the link and read Carol’s thoughts on minimalism and money.
When we started moving towards minimalism, we did it for financial reasons. We wanted to save money, and one way to do that was to downsize — selling our house and moving to a smaller apartment. Consumerism had driven us to overspend, and for much of our young lives we continually strived for the next big purchase. Money was the key factor in our lifestyle. We decided to start reversing this and gradually, over the course of a couple years, removed the excess stuff and downsized to a smaller space.
It wasn’t until later that I realized the value that came from decluttering and downsizing. Through the decluttering process we became less attached to our stuff. The more stuff we let go of, the less attached we became to the rest of our stuff.
Over the course of our decluttering and downsizing, we started placing more value in relationships, activities, and adventures. Money is still needed but it serves a truer purpose. Instead of using money for stuff, serving status and ego, we use it for intangibles, which fosters our connection with others and brings more joy. Money for stuff creates the position where money is the important factor. When you devalue stuff, money moves to a secondary position. The relationships, activities, and adventures move to the forefront with money in a supporting role.
That’s my take on minimalism putting money in it’s place. Take a look at Carol’s article and then let us know how minimalism puts money in its place in your life. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.