Minimalism? That's for extremist ... isn't it?

Jan 13, 2017

Simplicity. Minimalism. No matter which you call it, there is a growing movement to get back to the basics in life: a lifestyle of living with less; a way to slow down and be more deliberate. North Americans in particular, are realizing that an abundance of material possessions doesn’t lead to happiness and that our rampant consumerism has distorted our values.

The word minimalist or simiplicist can imply that you only live with what you can fit in a backpack or in a home with white, bare walls and unfortunately, that turns people off. It doesn’t seem achievable or in all honesty, enjoyable for most. Reality is that they are just like you with less stuff, but when we remove the label and focus on the action of living with less material things, the idea becomes accessible and intriguing instead of scary and intimidating. Being a simplicist is removing your subconscious expectations of what society imagines, doing more with less, buying only what you actually need, doing what truly makes you happy, and most of all taking time to breathe without pressure.

As the authors of the Minimalists stated, "there’s nothing inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately." This is not a project in suffering, but rather a way to simplify your life; de-clutter your finances, and create physical and mental space.


If you have even a small inclination to learn more or try it out, we highly recommend these resources:
  • Minimalism. This is an excellent film that talks about applying minimalism and the global impact of consumer culture. There are interviews with the leading people in the movement and various experts who each lends their experience of living a life as a minimalist, but also delve into topics related to “compulsory consumption” and the environmental, social, and psychological wake that follows this behavior. If you weren’t inclined toward a more minimal existence after watching the movie, you probably will be at the end.

  • Mr. Money Moustache. This is a great blog about a man and his wife who retired at 30 from living simply. Click on the link to view ABC News’ report.

  • Project 333. This is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items for 3 months. How many items are in your closet that you never wear? It is amazing to see how many different combinations of clothing you can create and the realization that no one will notice. It forces you to analyze what and why you purchase, declutter your closet, and focus on the best things instead of all the things.

  • 90-Day Simplicity Challenge. Every year we (Savanti Wealth) run a challenge where we encourage and support our clients, friends, and neighbours to cut their non-essential spending to ZERO for 90-days. It is an exceptional way to find out what you spend your money on and what is a frivolous waste of money. Taking a step back and creating a list of your essential consumptions and evaluating all other purchases changes your mindset and puts more money back into your wallet.

  • Mint. This is an exceptional app that helps you set a budget, track everything you spend your money on, lets you see all your financial accounts in one place plus, it makes recommendations to help save you money — for free. Mint does all the work of organizing and categorizing your spending for you.

 

How can we help? If you want a free financial plan that looks at your complete situtaion or ideas on strategies on how to make you money work better for you now and into the future, give us a call (403) 968-8443 or email at info@savanti.ca. No strings attached, we promise.

 



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