Did you know that many
boating people will adopt the minimalist life style when they buy a narrow boat?
This is mainly due to
the fact that living on board means there is an obvious lack of space and
therefore having lots of possessions is not possible or practical. Owning less is great but wanting less is better, according to the minimalist!
It's not just the
lack of storage space that drives people to choose the simpler way of life. It's
the life they obtain that drives them to live this simple life style.
So what do you gain
from becoming less materialist?
Here are five
improvements you could experience in your day to day life, if you choose this
simple life style which doesn't depend on possessions and money.
You Will Worry Less About;
What The Jones Have Got!
about what your neighbours/friends have becomes a thing of the past. No
more competing with others as to who has the best car, the most expensive
holidays or the latest technology.
It's sad to say but
many people buy new things simply to impress others, even going as far as
buying things they really can't afford. They want others to notice them, praise
them, and feel happy for them. However, that temporary satisfaction gained from others acknowledgments quickly fades, and the need to buy more, have more, and
be more, becomes a necessity to keep their attention.
It has been reported
that finances are a major source of distress in peoples daily
lives, so by cutting back on purchases and extravagant living, you will feel a
huge weight lifted from your shoulders.
When you adopt a
minimalist lifestyle, you start to remember what really matters in life. When
you are happy with yourself and stop worrying about others you will find an
inner peace and become a happier person with a healthier bank balance!
"The more you have, the more occupied you are. The less you have, the more free you are." - Mother Theresa
Free Your Mind As Well As Your Living Space
Living with less
automatically clears and changes your surroundings and it also frees your mind.
Keeping up with the
Jones and living in a world that encourages you to replace and re buy is an
ever-increasing drain on your resources which can also cause problems such as;
stress, sleepless nights, headaches and worry.
Start to de-clutter
and start to enjoy the benefits of not needing and worrying about the next must
have gadget, free your home of unnecessary possessions and your mind of
“Your home is living
space, not storage space.” - Francine Jay
Being Able To Live In
So many of us are
used to being a slave to a schedule, but imagine being able to life your life
day by day and not being dictated too by the schedule.
This has to be the
ultimate free luxury but something not many of us take advantage off even if we
had the choice.
A minimalist might
not actually keep a schedule or diary. At one extreme, if he didn’t have much
to do each day — he might instead live and work moment-by-moment, or just
decide each morning to focus on one or two important things. A perfect way of
living for those on board don't you think?!
"He who buys what he doesn't need steals from himself"- Swedish Proverb
Setting and Achieving
With less time spent
in supermarkets and departmental stores the minimalist has more time to set and
achieve new goals and challenges. Spending time
"doing more" rather than replacing and buying whatever is trending
will enrich your life and fulfil you in a way that no amount of shopping can.
challenges could include, changing
your day to day
habits, health & fitness, time spent with family, or having a more watchful
eye on finances. All these new experiences will equal happiness and simplicity.
"People first. Dogs second. Things last" - Nate Berkus
The simplicity of the
minimalists life is empowering, enriching and allows more freedom in your life.
So whether you are meeting new people, exploring uncharted territories, you
will grow as a person, feeling alive and free with a sense of
freedom that money and possessions just can't buy.
Finally, if you are
still not convinced consider our round up on the benefits of living a minimalists life:
less expense, less
worry, less upkeep, and
more time, more
money, more freedom, & more opportunity!
Are you ready to let
go and jump on board the minimalists boat? Let us know we can help you on your way!