• Matthew Berkseth

How Minimalism Can Change Your Life



Society spends much of it’s time trying to figure out how to reduce stress and improve quality of life. We try meditation, yoga, calming music, and a plethora of other options. Rarely do we take a look at the actual cause of what is driving us crazy. When you can’t go to the store without facing 10 different options for each product, or you can’t find your keys because your thoughts are always scattered, maybe the best option is to take a look at the environment that is around you. We live in a society that predicates itself on volume and not simplicity, and that just doesn’t mesh well with a sound mind.


Take for instance the fact that there are 300,000 items in the average household. How does one even accumulate 300,000 items? In a culture that revolves around the next best thing, we tend to hold onto the stuff we don’t use anymore. This causes a huge accumulation of items that end up laying around the house and never see the light of day. Many people have so much extra stuff laying around that they end up needing to rent storage, just so they have a place to keep it! Nearly 10 percent of households in the US end up paying for storage in order to increase the number of items they can keep. The world has an addiction to “stuff,” no matter how much chaos it creates in our lives.


If having too much stuff is the problem, then what is the solution? The answer is to take a minimalistic approach to life. Minimalism, by definition, is the approach of spareness or simplicity. It’s cutting out all of the unnecessary fluff from your life. Getting rid of anything you haven't used in several months, can go a long way to attaining a minimalist lifestyle. Minimalism can have so many positive impacts on an individual's life. Whether it be financially or mentally, there is no denying the benefits. Wondering how minimalism can create time in your life? Studies show that the average person spends 12 days a year looking for things that they can’t find. 12 days!!! That’s 288 hours in a year. In a society where we are barely able to keep up with life, how are we spending that amount of time searching for things we need, that we already have? How does clutter affect your mental health? Studies conducted by UCLA show that there is a direct correlation between clutter and chaotic environments, and spiked cortisol levels in individuals. All this extra stuff in our lives, and all it is doing is taking up space and time that we don’t have, and creating stress that we don’t need.


It’s time for society to take control of our lives and improve our quality of life. Next time you're wondering if you should buy or get something, really stop and ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” If the answer is no, then don't cave! You will appreciate it in the long run!


Society spends much of it’s time trying to figure out how to reduce stress and improve quality of life. We try meditation, yoga, calming music, and a plethora of other options. Rarely do we take a look at the actual cause of what is driving us crazy. When you can’t go to the store without facing 10 different options for each product, or you can’t find your keys because your thoughts are always scattered, maybe the best option is to take a look at the environment that is around you. We live in a society that predicates itself on volume and not simplicity, and that just doesn’t mesh well with a sound mind.


Take for instance the fact that there are 300,000 items in the average household. How does one even accumulate 300,000 items? In a culture that revolves around the next best thing, we tend to hold onto the stuff we don’t use anymore. This causes a huge accumulation of items that end up laying around the house and never see the light of day. Many people have so much extra stuff laying around that they end up needing to rent storage, just so they have a place to keep it! Nearly 10 percent of households in the US end up paying for storage in order to increase the number of items they can keep. The world has an addiction to “stuff,” no matter how much chaos it creates in our lives.


If having too much stuff is the problem, then what is the solution? The answer is to take a minimalistic approach to life. Minimalism, by definition, is the approach of spareness or simplicity. It’s cutting out all of the unnecessary fluff from your life. Getting rid of anything you haven't used in several months, can go a long way to attaining a minimalist lifestyle. Minimalism can have so many positive impacts on an individual's life. Whether it be financially or mentally, there is no denying the benefits. Wondering how minimalism can create time in your life? Studies show that the average person spends 12 days a year looking for things that they can’t find. 12 days!!! That’s 288 hours in a year. In a society where we are barely able to keep up with life, how are we spending that amount of time searching for things we need, that we already have? How does clutter affect your mental health? Studies conducted by UCLA show that there is a direct correlation between clutter and chaotic environments, and spiked cortisol levels in individuals. All this extra stuff in our lives, and all it is doing is taking up space and time that we don’t have, and creating stress that we don’t need.


It’s time for society to take control of our lives and improve our quality of life. Next time you're wondering if you should buy or get something, really stop and ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” If the answer is no, then don't cave! You will appreciate it in the long run!







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