Minimalism goes hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle and sustainability. A healthy lifestyle includes eating organic, whole foods and using products that are not harmful to people, animals, or the environment. Unfortunately, organic and sustainable products tend to be more expensive than their conventional counterparts. In order to afford the more expensive items, it’s helpful to make cuts in other areas of the budget. A healthy and sustainable lifestyle requires that we rethink what we use and what we waste in order to help preserve our planet and to ensure that everyone has enough. In addition, too much clutter and too many things in general can add to stress. Living a more minimalist life can help in all of these areas.
CHOOSE PURCHASES WISELY
Eating whole, organic food and choosing organic and sustainable products can be challenging when you live on a budget. While cooking from scratch can be cheaper overall than the Standard American Diet, organic food and healthy meat can be significantly more expensive. The same is true for household items. For example, vinegar is a significantly cheaper alternative for cleaning, but sustainable food storage products are more expensive to initially purchase than disposable ones. In order to afford to live healthier, you will probably have to sacrifice in other areas. Rather than breaking the bank to feed yourself and your family healthy food, learn to choose your purchases wisely. Ask yourself if you really need that item or not. Make each purchase count by only buying things that are important to you or necessary. If you don’t need that new shirt, then don’t buy it, even if it’s on clearance. Purchasing fewer items will also help to reduce waste in your home and help minimize clutter.
FOCUS ON REDUCING WASTE
Minimalism is all about simplicity, and that means less waste. Humans, especially those in the United States, produce waste at an alarming rate. This waste has adverse effects on the planet and people because of the chemicals in it. Purchasing items you don’t need leads to unnecessary waste, especially packaging waste. By purchasing only items that you will use, you can reduce waste and be more sustainable. Minimalism is a sustainable practice because it requires us to consider if we really need to purchase something or not. By purchasing only needed items, we are reducing waste, even if only on a small-scale. Another aspect of sustainability is to consider alternatives to mass-produced items. If there is a purchase you need to make, then seek out items that are recycled, use less packaging, or are made from biodegradable materials.
What happens when your house is a mess and you need to get work done? If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time focusing on your work because part of your mind is stressing about how much housework needs to be done. The same is true of having too many things. When you use most of your available space to store items, you can feel stressed and overwhelmed. Clutter can lead to anxious feelings, making it difficult to relax or focus on a task. Adopting a more minimalist mindset will help your home to stay organized and reduce your clutter. It will also free up money you might not have even realized you wasted, since you won’t be buying items you don’t need. Having fewer things to clutter up the house will lead to a happier and healthier life.