Materialism, consumerism, and minimalism all play a big part in our lives. Whether we want to admit it or not, all of these have an effect on our lives, but minimalism ruined mine. I know what you are thinking. How can minimalism ruin your life? But trust me! There are several ways it did.
1. I think about every purchase thoroughly // Before I became a minimalist, I didn’t think about my purchases. If I wanted something, I simply bought it. Now every time I want to purchase something new I think about several things. For instance, is this product eco-friendly, organic, loaded with chemicals, etc. I also think about which stores I should shop with based on all of these things and more. Purchasing something has officially become a task!
2. Clutter drives me insane // I now see clutter everywhere! I also feel the need to tidy that space, regardless of who owns the space. I have lost the ability to think with clutter surrounding me. Before I became a minimalist, I didn’t realize how clutter affected me. I do not know if it hindered my thoughts or actions. What I do know is I didn’t notice it until becoming a minimalist.
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3. Now I have too much time on my hands // Now that I am not cleaning all of the time, I have no idea what to do with myself! I have started walking after work, and blogging, but I still have time to do more. It’s incredible the amount of time I have due to not having as much to tidy or clean.
4. I barely have enough clothes to call it a wardrobe // Before I sorted through my clothes and dwindled down to what I loved to wear, I had a decent size wardrobe. Now I have less than 30 pieces hanging in my closet! My husband has more clothes than I do; in fact, he has a box of stored clothes because he has so many! When my mother in law came to visit the other day, she asked where I put my clothes [seeing our 6′ wire rack]. I told her they were right in front of her, and her eyes got big like she couldn’t believe I had so little. But to be honest, I can’t believe how small my wardrobe has become!
I don’t have to worry about what I am wearing anymore, because I always have something I love to wear. But it maybe on the sparse side when guests get a confused look on their face in relation to my wardrobe size. Thanks minimalism….
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5. I eat much healthier // Eating used to be full of junk food with lots of fried foods. So far, my diet has changed to cut all of the yummy greasy and sugary filled stuff in half! I’ve lost weight, and I am now wearing jeans I couldn’t wear 6 months ago. I also have recently gotten into green smoothies for breakfast with the husband.
6. Guilt is no longer my house guest // The moment I started to let go of things, Guilt decided it was time to leave. It had been my house guest for so long that I forgot what it was like without it. I almost miss it, but I definitely do not miss it’s messes.
7. I no longer have to the pleasure of searching for something // Now that everything has a home, I no longer waste time looking for something. That pleasure has been stripped from me for good.
8. Nature actually enjoys my company // I grew up playing outside, going to the lake, playing the creek… You name it, I’ve done it. But it wasn’t until recently that I had to go outside everyday, because of the lack of something to do inside. I find myself outside talking long walks, weeding and tilling the garden, playing with my dogs, etc. Before I changed my lifestyle, I didn’t have time for long walks, weeding and tilling the garden as much as I do now, or playing with my dogs for extended periods of time. I had plenty of stuff to do inside, and I didn’t worry about going outside unless it was necessary.
9. I no longer enjoy shopping // Shopping is a nightmare now! All the advertisements, clutter, people, UGH! I do not pleasure shop anymore! If I don’t need it, I’m not wasting my time. Before I could enjoy wasting my time looking and buying things I didn’t necessarily need, but now I’m not wasting my time. I started menu planning for several weeks to avoid going grocery shopping weekly. Just the process of shopping sends my anxiety through the roof.
10. Chemicals have become an enemy // Ahh! Chemicals. They had been my friend for so long. Cleaning my counter tops, moping the floors, polishing furniture. It’s so sad we had to break up with each other. They were so loyal, gave me the illusion of cleanliness due to the smell, and were very powerful. But now I am working with all natural and organic products. These products really do clean and the I don’t have to feel guilty about really sniffing the clean scent smell. I guess everyone has to move on at some point.
How has minimalism ruined your life? Has it left you with less to do, or robbed you of things you once enjoyed? Let me know below in the comments. I’d love to see what minimalism has done to your life.
Be sure to check out my follow up post 10 Ways Minimalism Saved My Life!
***Disclaimer: This post was for humorous purposes only! Minimalism has definitely not ruined my life. In fact, it saved my life, and I am forever grateful.***