Everything is simple here. The less we buy - the more money we have. The more we buy - the less money we have. The philosophy of minimalism helps us to be more conscious about buying new things.
Here are a few rules of minimalism that can help you save money:
Things are our cargo. I felt this especially strongly during relocations - when instead of enjoying a new place, I spent money and time on transporting and selling things. It is also strongly felt in the interiors: the more things at home you have - the more cluttered and heavier the space looks, and the fewer things - the lighter and brighter.
The fewer things we have, the easier it is for us to change our location. If we have only 2 suitcases of things, we, at any moment, can take them and go to any city or country in the world. Possession of a large number of things, including furniture - holds us back both mentally and physically.
This is primarily about visual noise. I don't like it in the interiors and that's why I love neutral tones at my home, which help to get rid of unnecessary colors and visual clutter. Things draw our attention to themselves. Because of this, we lose sight of what is important to us.
Clean, uncluttered space motivates us to work. Minimalism concerns not only the interior but also other aspects of life, such as digital minimalism, the rejection of social media, or certain gadgets - which increases the concentration on the important things.
The less money we spend on bad-quality things that will last us months, the more money we can save for high-quality things that will last for several years.
I, for example, used to have cheap headphones for 5 euros and ended up buying them every month because they always get broken. I bought one for 100 euro and have been using them for several years now.
The fewer things and furniture we have in our home - the less dust accumulates and the less time we spend on cleaning. Minimalism also helps us to sort things and offers a variety of storage systems to help keep the home clean every day. I love home organization tips and really enjoy sharing my tips with you on my website blog and YouTube channel.
The more things we buy = the more things are produced = the more natural resources are used. If we consume fewer things, we will cause less harm to the environment. Very often people who are interested in minimalism are also interested in zero waste because these topics are so connected. If we buy more eco-friendly things or do not buy anything that we don't need at all - the less impact we have on the environment.
Often we look at beautiful pictures, and photos on social media and buy something because of the advertising, without asking ourselves the question - do we really need and want these things?
Often, shopping brings a feeling of dissatisfaction. We buy something, and in the end, it turns out that we overpay, we realize that we didn’t need it, threw money away, and the product simply doesn't meet up our expectations or brought very short-term joy. In the beginning, it may seem to us that having bought this - we will become happier. But we will not, and to stop this circle - we need to be more conscious about what we buy.
I would like to recommend the book Less is More by Joshua Becker. If you have never delved into this topic, the book will be a great first introduction to the ideas and values of the philosophy of minimalism.
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