Pros and Cons of Being a Minimalist

Minimalism is slowly getting more and more popular these days. You hear people all over Singapore saying they’ve already become minimalists. But is it really that good? Let’s see the pros and cons of minimalism.

Pro: You learn to focus on what’s important

Minimalism prompts us to keep the essential things we need and get rid of at least most of our wants. We learn to see which of our possessions are really valuable to us. What are things we really need to keep and what are those we can just let go?

By thinking of these we get to see for ourselves how much control certain things have over our lives. For example, you could say you like to go shopping for clothes, but then you realize that you don’t even wear many of the ones you buy any more. You could’ve spent the money on better things like your goals and dreams.

Pro: You can control your finances

When you’re a minimalist, you obviously won’t buy a lot of stuff. Because you can identify your wants and needs easily, you’ll be able to resist the temptation of spending on unnecessary things. Think about it, why will you buy a new phone when your current one is still working perfectly.

Not only will you spend less, but you’ll also be able to use the money on the right things. You can invest, save money for retirement, and many more. You basically become free from bad money habits.

Pro: Minimalism can help reduce stress

One thing that contributes to this is that you have less clutter around you. Minimalism helps you keep everything well-organized, simply because there’s nothing much for you to mess up in the first place anyway. Seeing less mess around your office or your house also can help you keep your mind at ease.

You’ll be more productive since you can organize your thoughts better without any distractions. You’ll also find it easier to look for things in your area. Can you imagine how stressful it would be to lose an important document because of all the mess around you?

Con: It’s a difficult lifestyle to embrace

When you’re used to buying a lot of things or keeping a lot of things in your house, it may difficult to make the transition. It takes a good degree of willpower to get rid of things that you think have a lot of sentimental value. In addition to that, there may come a time in the future when you regret having thrown away some of your things.

Con: People may question your choices

Because almost everybody else does the opposite of minimalism, you might get some awkward questions from your family or friends. Let’s say you and your friends used to shop a lot. But now that you’ve changed your lifestyle, they might not ask you to hang out with them anymore. You might also have to part ways with someone who has difficulty following your choices.