Do you feel like everyday is rushed and you have no time for the things you enjoy? Would you like to slow down and do more of what you love? I believe becoming a minimalist is a great start to reaching these goals. Here’s why I think you should downsize too.
Having less stuff means less stuff to clean and maintain.
Honestly, in our old life I got tired of cleaning a big house and I got tired of always maintaining the stuff that we owned. Now that we have very little we have more time to spend together and do more fun things. We are not spending all weekend cleaning our house and keeping up with maintenance of the stuff we own. This is one of my favorite parts of being minimalist.
Having less space means spending less money because you don’t have a lot of room to store stuff.
When you live in a small space you don’t have a lot of room for extras. This causes you to be a lot more selective in what you purchase. Also, when adding something new to your space it’s usually a good idea to get rid of something so that your space doesn’t get cluttered.
Being minimalist is biblical and an act of honoring God.
“Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”
— I Timothy 6:6-8
This is not to say if you don’t practice minimalism you are a bad Christian. However, I do believe that God wants us to focus on Him and our families and not so much on material possessions. This also helps us learn to be grateful for the blessings we do have and not concentrating so much on what we don’t have. (We are an more extreme example of downsizing because we live in an RV. I don’t think it’s for everyone to downsize this extreme but I do feel like less is more).
Teaches your children not to value stuff.
In today’s society it is very hard to teach kids not to value material items. Every kids these days seems to have an iPhone, iPad, laptops, game systems, etc. Showing your kids through minimalism how you live will teach them far more than just telling them. As the old saying goes “Actions speak louder than words.” Christmas time can be a hard time for minimalist because while you don’t want your kids to get no gifts, you want them to understand the true reason for Christmas, to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Brings your family closer together.
Living in a smaller space I believe makes you a closer family. For instance, we only have 1 tv so we have to share. And we also spend time all in the same room because we don’t have the option of going to the other side of the house. I personally love this part of living in a small space.
You don’t have to work your life away.
If you own less, you have less expenses. It doesn’t cost as much to live in a smaller space and therefore you don’t have to earn as much. I don’t believe life was meant to “pay bills and die”, I believe there is so much more to life than that. And God wants more from me than working until I’m old.
Spending more time outdoors.
We love to be outdoors and since moving into our RV we spend a lot more time outside. This is also the appeal of our sailboat. We are ocean lovers and so is our 2 year old. The ocean is our happy place and we love spending time there.
Food for thought…
After watching the documentary called Happy on Netflix I learned a lot of interesting information. If you get a chance you should watch it. Basically research has shown that once you meet your basic needs such as shelter, food, and clothing, you happiness does not go up with earning more and having more. For example, if you are homeless and cannot survive and then you get a job making $30,000 a year and can now meet your basic needs, you will be exponentially happier. However, if you make $30,000 and get a better paying job making $50,000 your happiness does not go up much at all, if any.
This made a lot of sense to me because it seems at first that we have been happier when my husband has made more money. The truth is it quickly wears off and we end up just as happy as we were before.
Do you think having more will make you happier? Do you think having less will make you happier? If you have already downsized why do you think it was a good idea for your family? Please comment and share your experience. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about being a minimalist.
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