Living the Minimalist Lifestyle and Creating More Freedom While Doing It

Living a minimalist lifestyle creates an enormous amount of freedom.  As a successful professional, I complicated my life significantly with continually buying the bigger better thing with no end in sight as to when would enough be enough.

I have complicated my life with debt payments, mortgage payments, lease obligations, and lots of things (like sports equipment I did not use, kitchen stuff I rarely used, and pets I have to look after). 

In these past few months, I have taken it upon myself to live a more minimalist lifestyle.  I have taken it upon myself to get rid of things I have not been using.  I have reduced the amount of decorations and art in my home and I have reduced a ton of clutter.  I now have less stuff, more room to move and breathe, and what I do have is more meaningful to me. 

It all started with me attacking a drawer or cupboard or section of my basement each day.  As I started to unclutter, I felt an immediate sense of clarity and cleanliness in my home.  I noticed that it was way easier to locate items in my home as I spent way less time searching.  I have also started to look for ways to live more simply.  I have begun to see my things and stuff to be associated with obligation, and debt, and stress.  De-cluttering and simplifying has lead me to more happiness. 

Now don’t get me wrong, I still have my Iphone and my MacBook.  I also still have the pets of course because I love them so.

For me, a minimalist lifestyle is not like some people who live with only 100 things, or being totally radical about it.  It is, however, about making sure that I spend my money on what is meaningful. It means that I keep in my home only things that are useful or that give me pleasure to look at.  I still do and have what is important to me, however, I also I really think about anything I do, plan or buy and make sure that it is not going to complicate my life. 

Now I get to look upon a cleaner and more beautiful space in my home.  I feel less stressed and less overwhelmed when I come home.  I feel that my home is happier.  There is way less cleaning to do.  It just feels nicer. 

I have also stopped using any sort of consumer credit and am paying down my debt.  This has resulted in me buying way less stuff.  The point is, if I don’t have the cash to buy it, then I don’t buy it.  Instead I have been saving a bit of money (automatically debited from my account to go into a separate savings account) as a stash so I can purchase what I want or need to purchase without using consumer credit.  It means I have to wait longer to buy things and it means I really think before I purchase.  It means that when I buy something it is more meaningful. 

The point is this:  Keep everything you do and buy as simple as possible.  If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.  If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. 

Written by Val Hemminger, the nonconforming professional

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