An Unexpected Side Effect of Minimalism

I’ve been pondering one of the unexpected side-effects of my Minimalism lifestyle.  People now think I’m quite good at ‘Adulting‘.

Whether I’d agree with that is another matter

But apparently, from the outside, I give the impression that I have my shizzle together.  Who’d have thought it!

So here’s a list of the nine ways that minimalism, and more intentional living, makes you appear like you know what you’re doing in life:

  1. A Capsule Wardrobe helps you avoid those days where you were feeling a little emotional and decided to experiment with colours or shapes that you ultimately know don’t suit you
  2. Your desk / house is generally tidy.  You’re the person who has a pen when needed
  3. You know where stuff is, and you can find useful adult documents like tax returns or receipts, your car insurance etc
  4. You tend to say mature things like, “I don’t really need that”,  and then don’t give into the temptation
  5. You seem to have less money worries (probably because you’ve stopped indulging in online shopping binges)
  6. You can travel with carry-on only (the fact that I then forgot to bring contact case and glasses should be kept quiet though – I did say that it only makes me look like I’ve got things together!)
  7. You make more intentional decisions in other areas of your life – like prioritising exercising in the morning over drinking in the evening (that might just be age!), or embracing meditation
  8. You seem to know what you want, and don’t feel the need to justify this to others
  9. You generally seem a little calmer and less chaotic than others

Have you noticed any ways that minimalism has made you appear like more of a grown-up?  What can you add to the list?  I’d love to hear from you 🙂




Add yours →

  1. I would definitely agree with everything on this list, including the one about drinking! I don’t feel like I have as many problems as I used to.


  2. I am in the process of trying to practice minimalism. I’ve tried to capsule wardrobe before, and then before too long I was buying all sorts of random things again. Hopefully I will be more successful this time! That’s a really good idea to travel with just a carry-on! That’ll be my aim for my next holiday 🙂


  3. I LOVE everything on this list! There are so many surprising benefits to minimalism (it’s so much more than just having less stuff.) Although my life is still a work in progress I can see that I’ve come so far since embracing minimalism and I love that I’m not the only one!!! x


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