The Pros and Cons of Minimalism: How Simplicity Can Change Your Life

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A minimalist lifestyle involves striving only to use things that serve a purpose. (Image: Anyaberkut via Dreamstime)

Minimalism is becoming increasingly popular among the younger generation, but what does it mean? Is it a good thing, or does it have its disadvantages?

If minimalism has piqued your interest and you are thinking about swearing off material possessions, this article will explain the pros and cons of minimalism.

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What is minimalism?

A minimalist lifestyle involves striving only to use things that serve a purpose. This means swearing away from using things that don’t have a definite purpose.

The main challenge of minimalism is determining what things serve a purpose and what do not.

Letting go of things that do not serve a purpose allows you to live off fewer possessions more optimally.

The minimalist lifestyle has gained much attention because it has its advantages.
The minimalist lifestyle has gained much attention because it has its advantages. (Image: Rawpixelimages via Dreamstime)

Pros of minimalism

The minimalist lifestyle has gained much attention because it has its advantages. However, these advantages can be felt by the one practicing the minimalist lifestyle and those around them.

Larger spaces

Open spaces will feel even more significant. With fewer material possessions, space will feel even more important in perspective.

Clutter can make things look small. By removing clutter, you can create a space that looks bigger than it seems.

Better discipline

Since everything serves a purpose, the minimalist lifestyle helps build discipline. With everything around having a purpose, there is no choice but to be productive.

Most houses that are very cluttered come with a lot of mental distractions. By practicing minimalism, you’ll be forced to eliminate distractions and build discipline.

Easier to find items

With less excess stuff, it will be easier to find missing things. In addition, every item will have its designated space, allowing the owner to know exactly where they are.

Losing items can cause stress and anxiety and destroy your mood. By knowing where everything is, you will have peace of mind knowing everything is where it should be.

Teaches contentment

The primary purpose of minimalism is to teach people to be content with what they have. When one is contented, they are generally happier and more at peace.

Contentment doesn’t have to mean complacent. With minimalism, you can be content while productive at the same time.

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The minimalist lifestyle of swearing off material possessions can be a massive step for some people. (Image: Ronstik via Dreamstime)

Cons of minimalism

Like every other discipline, there can be disadvantages when it comes to practricing practicing minimalism. So before swearing off material possessions, it’s essential to know the drawbacks.

Hard to understand

Those practicing minimalism will constantly have to explain themselves to those who don’t understand. Presenting the minimalist lifestyle can be challenging and often garner adverse reactions.

Part of practicing minimalism is dealing with people who don’t understand you and what you are doing. Even if you explain the benefits, you won’t be able to expect people to understand.

This can lead to overthinking

Minimalism, contrary to popular beliefs, might only be healthy for some. However, with fewer distractions around, it can lead to overthinking.

Since there is nothing for users to keep distracted, this allows their thoughts to run free, which sometimes results in overthinking.

Transition is hard

The minimalist lifestyle of swearing off material possessions can be a massive step for some people. But unfortunately, this process can even be painful for those more sentimental about particular objects.

Despite the hard transition, buyers can enjoy the minimalist lifestyle once they get past it. However, to transition into minimalism, individuals must accept the changes.

Gifts become awkward

One struggle that some minimalists have is saying no to gifts. It is tough to say no to a gift, primarily if it does not serve a purpose.

A gift that does not serve a specific purpose might go against the minimalist lifestyle, but it is up to the person’s discretion if they want to keep it.

Isolating feeling

Since there are not many things to keep the person practicing minimalism company, this can lead to an isolated feeling. Loneliness is something very commonly felt by those starting to practice minimalism.

The way for people trying to transition to get over the isolating feeling is to accept the change, learn how to be content, and find joy in simplicity.

The bottom line

Before transitioning into a minimalist, ensure you are ready to swear off material possessions that do not serve a purpose.

Although you can always revert if minimalism is not for you, giving up on something could negatively affect you. 

Don’t rush into minimalism. Instead, take your time to think things through, understand what is happening, and only move when you’re ready.

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