In today’s economy, people are becoming cash strapped as they spend their income on big homes, flash cars, fancy food and entertainment. In this post we are going to explore why you should consider living small and how to go about moving to a minimalist lifestyle.
Why you should live small
Modernisation and industrialisation were both a blessing and a curse. Even though today we are extremely fortunate for the useful gadgets, fancy foods and spacious homes that we have, we don’t actually need them to lead a fulfilling life. If you look back to hundreds of years ago, our ancestors lived very basic yet happy lives with basic food supplies, a small home and only enough changes of clothes to last a week or less.
Think about the amount of stuff that you own and never use such as clothes, toys or electronics. All of these things had to be made using processes and materials which all contribute to a negative impact on our environment. Plus, by not spending as much money on things you don’t really need, you are able to save more for your future.
While we don’t need to step back into another time to live small, there are ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint on the world, spend less and save more, and ultimately live a happier life.
How to live small
1) Do you really need that much space?
Large homes are often a symbol of success, but usually a lot of the space goes unused. Tiny homes are becoming extremely popular with people who want to live small and there are some great designs to make excellent use of space. And instead of using traditional building materials, you can opt for more cost-effective options such as used shipping containers.
2) Get rid of clutter
Many of us hate the thought of throwing things out, but then we end up with a house full of clutter and not enough space to store things. Take a weekend to declutter your home and throw out or give away to charity anything you don’t really need or haven’t used in a long time.
3) Think about the food you buy
Food waste is a huge problem. The more food you buy, the more you spend, and the greater strain on our resources. Before heading to the supermarket, make a weekly meal plan and decide exactly which items you need to buy and the quantity so there will be zero waste at the end of the week. You should also consider the types of food you buy. Eating organically is not only better for you but is also better for the environment.
4) Learn to be content with what you have
Rushing out to buy the new iPhone may seem like something you need to do, but is there really anything wrong with your current phone? Too often we want the latest and greatest things, but we can be content with the things that we have if they are still in working order.
Living small can have different definitions for different people, but it doesn’t need to be as scary as you might think. If you start to consider your spending and lifestyle habits, you can gradually move to a minimalist lifestyle that is kinder on your wallet and the environment.