Ten ways minimalism can simplify your life

Alex Mathers
5 min readJun 23, 2024

I’ve incorporated minimalism into my life for over a decade.

I’m by no means a pure minimalist, but I’ve gained tremendously from making as many of my decisions as possible based on minimal thinking.

At its core, minimalism is a lifestyle and design philosophy that simplifies and removes excess.

Essentially, it’s about prioritising what matters the most, and letting go of the rest.

When we do, we create more bandwidth, our stress decreases, and we become more effective.

Life has a way of offloading all sorts of crap into our laps, and if we’re not conscious of it, we can forget to throw out the garbage. Over time, various pressures and material items pile up, and we sometimes don’t even know why we’re stressed.

In future articles, I intend to explore the granular details of minimalism more deeply, but today, we’re looking broad to see what’s on offer.

Here are some ways we can simplify our lives:

Financial minimalism.

A liberating practice is to go into your bank statements and mark all the expenses you don’t absolutely need.

Cut them out. It doesn’t matter how much you make. Bills — especially unnecessary ones — eat away at us a…