I can’t believe that I have been following the principle of minimalism for years without really intending to do so.

It all started when I was cleaning and organizing my clothes in my closet but discovered that there are no spaces for it. In order to solve the problem, what I did was buy a new closet (though a smaller one). That fixed the problem. However, after 3 months, I was having the same dilemma once again. I can’ t buy another drawer because I don’t have the space inside the apartment. My room is small enough for another closet.

That was when I really had to think about it. I want to find a permanent solution because I can’t continue buying new closet if I don’t have space to put my clothes on. If I keep repeating this cycle, I would need to move to a bigger place. That isn’t practical if I wanted to save up and live simply.


Less is more.

The tendency of owning more stuff is you will also have more stress to think about.

When I only have few clothes, choosing which one to wear is smooth and easy. In the contrary, when I have piles of clothes, I became confused as to what to wear for the day which then wastes my time. I can spend 30 minutes deciding my clothes.


What is minimalism?

Minimalism is basically keeping things to the minimum. But it doesn’t mean you’re going to deprive yourself.  It simply means keeping things that you see has value in your life.

Ofcourse, food is important. Housing too.

Think about it. Is it reasonable to live in a 3-storey house alone? I don’t think so. It would be too big for one person. Maybe too big to clean too.

Financially, minimalism has a great impact in a person’s life especially for those who are aspiring financial freedom. It’ll give you more opportunities to save or invest.

I have watched a documentary entitled Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. It talks about why and how minimalists think and the benefits of minimalism.  One thing stuck to my mind is that although they don’t have much compared to other people, they are HAPPY =).

Watch the trailer below.

I am also reading a blog called the minimalist. It’s about two men, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus who are trying to help people live a simple yet meaningful life with less.

I hope that people learn to minimize material things and to always remember that happiness doesn’t come with how many stuff you’ve got.

Live less yet happy! =)

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My name is Ira, twenty-something OFW, currently living and working in Thailand. It has always been my dream to start a blog. My goal is to share my life experiences, travels and my personal journey towards financial freedom.
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