benefit #8 – less stress

June 22, 2008

i can’t take much credit for thinking of this benefit on my own – i originally found it in a zenhabits blog post titled, “a guide to creating a minimalist home.”  by the way, their thoughts on minimalization are amazing!  however, i have noticed that many people are ending up at this blog after searching for “minimalism benefits” so i wanted to be sure that it got on the list because i have found it to be so true!

a minimalist home is less stressful.  clutter is a form of visual distraction, and everything in our vision pulls at our attention at least a little. the less clutter, the less visual stress we have. a minimalist home is calming.

i have found this to be true and you will too with a simple experiment.  go compare two counter tops – one that is clear (minimal) and one that is cluttered.  look at each of them separately.  what is your internal emotional response?  does the clear one bring about a calming effect?  does the cluttered one bring emotions of distraction or anxiety?

a minimalist home is less stressful.  i have found that to be so true as we continue to become minimalist.


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