The Ripple Effect of Minimalism
Published May 29, 2018

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When I first decided that I wanted to declutter and simplify my life, I didn’t realize how big of an effect it would have on my mindset, mood, and money.

I expected minimalism to be a life of hardship! And despite my desire for its so-called benefits of simplicity and anxiety relief, I held off for a while before I took the challenge.

You mean I can’t keep all 10 pairs of shoes!? Ugh!

But guess what? Becoming minimalist was not as hard as it seemed at first. In fact, it was really fun!

Not only did I get to go through the old things from my childhood, but I got to lift the weight off of my future self by getting rid of that sh**.

It wasn’t sad or difficult, but it was empowering and almost spiritual.

And then I realized what everyone had been talking about: The ripple effect of minimalism was allowing me to take control of my life.

My anxiety subsided, my savings grew, and soon enough I was building a tiny-home inside an old shuttle bus with my lovely partner, Cece.

The ripple effect of minimalism has changed my life for the better, and it will change yours too if you decide to follow along.

Today, I am going to go over the ripple effect of minimalism, how it will change your life for the better, and how you can start becoming minimalist right away.

The Ripple Effect of Minimalism

What is the ripple effect of minimalism?

The ripple effect of minimalism can be broken down into (4) M’s:


This is the order minimalism allows you to take control of your life. Each step leads to the next!

  1. It starts with minimizing: the hardest and longest part.
  2. Once things are minimized, the mindset improves as it is taken away from distractions.
  3. A positive mindset leads to a positive mood, making you feel GREAT and lightweight.
  4. Once you feel good, you attract more money as you are compelled to:
    • Spend less on useless items
    • Save more in the first place
    • Accomplish more, leading to better opportunity and success

This is the ripple effect! No, minimalists aren’t (usually) a bunch of hippies hanging around a campfire with few clothing items.

Minimalists are successful entrepreneurs, students, teachers, parents, gurus, and others who find passion in what they do every single day.

Minimalism is a lifestyle and a mindset that allows you to follow your dreams, live peacefully, improve yourself, and take control of your things, rather than your things taking control of you.

How to become minimalist today

While there are a TON of books on becoming minimalist and downsizing your home, it is really quite simple:

You get rid of all your things.

Okay, maybe not ALL of your things, but the things you don’t need. And there are a lot.
Strawberry pitter, ice cream scooper, 5 types of shampoo, every birthday card EVER, etc.

I could tell you what to get rid of, or you could decide!
Minimalism is a personal journey and should be treated as such.

Do what feels right for YOU! Remember that the goal of minimalism is to get rid of material distractions to allow for a better mindset and mood.

If you want to know more about becoming minimalist, we have a free Beginner’s Guide to Minimalism here.

Thanks for reading!

T’was a quick article today! We always appreciate comments, suggestions, and feedback! Let us know what you want to hear more of! Check out these articles if you haven’t already:

Why Minimalism & Living Tiny is GREAT for students
How We Afford Bus Life
Top 5 Challenges Living Full-Time in a bus (as a couple)

Riley & Cece


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