How can becoming a minimalist change your life? That was discussed in the book review of Fumio Sasaki’s Goodbye Things.
In the case of Fumio Sasaki, he changed from a unhappy, shy guy with overweight to a healthy and happy one. First he was many times stressed out, after disposing of much of his belongings that became history.
This week we present a follow up. Beside psychological benefits, what are other positive effects of being a minimalist according to Sasaki? Here are the most significant ones:
- Get deep grateful feelings: one of the most important lessons Sasaki learned when becoming a minimalist, was the emerging gratefulness to the few things he had. It gave him a truly deep and warming feeling of gratitude.
- Having more time for other things that really matter: owning less things means that you have more time for the parts of life which really matters. Like a relationship, friends and self-development. Sasaki felt also grateful for the friends he had. The conversations with them went more emotionally deep compared to the past, due to the lack of distracting things around them, like a television. Also you don’t need to spend much time on cleaning the house and maintaining your things, for the reason that you don’t have many things and a small house as a minimalist.
- You need less money for living: first you don’t buy many things, that saves money. Since you don’t have much stuff, you don’t need to store it which means you can live in a smaller house, and logically for a smaller house you pay less. When you need less money you can minimize your working hours to a certain extend either.
- Earn money: next to saving money you can even earn money by selling your things. At a flea market, an online second-hand marketplace or an auction. Second-hand shopping is really popular these days, and internet brings supply and demand easily together.
- Get easier satisfied: you will get more easily satisfied when you are used to a life with less things. You don’t need many goods around you to feel good. A sober life can be a pure and happy life, like Sasaki experiences.
- You are aware of your possessions: so you can find back your things easily. Moreover you also know what you don’t have, so you won’t spend time trying to find it without result.
- Live a more environmental friendly life: last but not least, with buying less things you can really reduce your ecological footprint. It makes a real difference, because the production of things have actually the biggest ecological footprint. Relatively bigger than for example eating meat or taking the car. Think of the raw materials which are needed, and the energy that is used during the production and transportation of things.
A minimalist is a friend of the environment
Becoming a minimalist seems to have a lot of positive effects on the personal, individual level. However the minimalist way of life has also a huge positive influence on macro-level. In other words possessing less things means that you do less damage to the environment. As stated above, buying stuff i actually the most damaging act against the environment, because of the raw materials and energy the production chain demands. In short: being a minimalist is a win-win situation, it positively affect yourself and the beautiful planet which you inhabit!
Stay tuned again
Next week I will discuss concrete tips, provided by Fumio Sasaki’s book, on how to dispose of your belongings in an as comfy way as possible. It will not be a bumpy ride.
Edo van Baars