Guest post: Sheila Price
Are you an introvert wondering if minimalism might be for you? The fact is, there are many benefits of minimalism for introverts in particular. Introverts are wired a certain way with particular strengths, and the minimalist lifestyle nourishes those strengths. There are obviously downsides to being an introvert as well, but minimalism can help you grow in those areas too.
Personally, I am an extreme introvert, so I deeply understand the need to recharge alone. I understand the strong desire to connect with others on a deeper level. I understand the tendency towards a vibrant thought life of self-reflection, introspection, and observation. And, because I am also sensitive, I understand the propensity to become overstimulated and stressed.
For years, I was feeling overwhelmed by life. Work was hard, relationships were hard, keeping up was hard. My introverted self would desperately need to go home and recharge. But, I would come home to an unstructured mess.
So, instead of recharging, I would be distracted by all of the stuff cluttering my home and all that needed to get done. After all, if I didn’t do it, who would?But I couldn’t keep up. Every time I turned around, it seemed like my kids had taken out a hundred more toys. The sink was filled with dishes (again?!), and the dirty laundry was piled up. Then my kids got older and we added TONS of school papers coming into our home every day.
And even though I was very organized, I couldn’t stay on top of it all. I would have to reorganize almost every area of the home from time to time to try to accommodate the new stuff we had acquired.
My home no longer felt like a sanctuary but a chaotic war zone where it was always ‘do or die’.
What is Minimalism?
Before I show you the benefits of minimalism for introverts, in particular, I want to take a moment to explain the minimalist lifestyle. In short, minimalism is living with less so that you can live more. Think “life to the full”.
Minimalism is about cutting out, or cutting back on, anything that is cluttering your life–whether it be your home, your schedule, your relationships, or even your mind.
Only you can really know what you need to give up in order to live a life more fulfilled. And only you can know what you need to start doing in order to get more out of life.
Being a minimalist has so many benefits, for anyone!
- Being a minimalist allows you to give who/what you love more of your time because you aren’t wasting your time on unimportant things.
- Minimalism causes you to have more energy because you aren’t wasting energy on unimportant things.
- Being a minimalist leaves you feeling less stressed because you don’t have more or do more than you can reasonably handle.
- Minimalism gives you more space to live your life and be you because your house, schedule, and mind aren’t cluttered.
- Being a minimalist saves you money because you buy less and are intentional about what you spend your money on.
- Minimalism provides you more freedom because your money, possessions, health, or other people aren’t dictating your life.
Now let’s get to the specific benefits of minimalism for introverts!
The Benefits of Minimalism For Introverts
In her book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain points out that introverts are generally less interested in status, wealth, and popularity than extroverts. The rewards associated with these just don’t rank high enough on an introverts list of priorities. That alone shows me that minimalism is perfect for introverts.
Furthermore, introverts will naturally be more drawn to minimalism than extroverts. Introverts have no problem going against society’s pull. They are unapologetically non-conforming. They tend to do what’s best for them and not worry about what others might think.
So, what are the benefits of minimalism for introverts in particular? Minimalism gives introverts a sanctuary at home to recharge, to be productive, and to connect with others. Let me walk you through these benefits to show you how minimalism can greatly improve the introvert’s life.
1. Minimalism gives introverts a sanctuary at home to recharge.
One of the benefits of minimalism for introverts is that it provides a sanctuary at home for you to recharge. As I mentioned earlier, introverts need to recharge alone. And most of us want to recharge at home. Our home needs to be a sanctuary, a safe place for us to unwind and regain energy. When our homes are a cluttered mess, it is way more difficult to recharge. Introverts tend to be distracted by messes and overstimulated by chaos.
Minimalism helps introverts create the sanctuary they so desperately need. A minimalist home is uncluttered. It is calming because your home is only filled with things what you love and make you happy. And, a minimalist home isn’t too large for you to handle and keep clean, so you aren’t exhausted from trying to keep up.
2. Minimalism provides introverts with space and capacity to be productive.
Another way minimalism is great for introverts is by providing you with space and capacity to be productive. Introverts are often driven, hard-working, and have tremendous focus. They are also incredibly observant and detail-oriented. But when we are distracted, we aren’t able to focus. When we are overstimulated, we aren’t very productive.
The minimalist lifestyle provides introverts with the ability to be productive because minimalism is about getting rid of the clutter. Too much on your schedule? Minimalism says, “cut back”. Too much running through your mind? Minimalism says, “clear your mind”. Too many things to pick up at home? Minimalism says, “get rid of it”.
When we don’t waste our time on unimportant things, we have more time for what really matters. And, when our lives aren’t cluttered with too much, we have the energy and capacity to get creative, focus, and make important observations. This allows introverts to be their most productive selves.
3. Minimalism helps introverts make deeper connections with others.
Despite some misconceptions, introverts actually have a strong desire for connection. They want deeper relationships with the people they call their friends and family. This is also why they need fewer relationships to be happy. As long as the relationships they have are genuine and close, introverts are content.
With minimalism, even relationships aren’t off-limits for being decluttered. A minimalist doesn’t keep nurturing unhealthy or unsatisfying relationships. A minimalist puts up healthy boundaries with people, not letting others dictate their lives. Minimalism allows the introvert to put most of their time and effort into the people they love and connect with on the deepest level.
Not only that, but minimalism makes sure that introverts always have enough energy for the people who are important to them. Minimalism ensures that you have the time and space you need to recharge SO THAT you have the energy to invest in others.
The benefits of minimalism for introverts are so worth the effort of working towards living with less. With a minimalist lifestyle, introverts are more able to recharge, be productive, and make deeper connections with others. Why wouldn’t an introvert be all over minimalism? 😜
Are you an introvert considering the minimalist lifestyle? Let us know what you thought of this article in the comments!
About the author:
Sheila Price is a wife, mom of three, minimalist, and an introvert. Sheila writes over on Practigal Blog about simplifying every area of life so that you can prioritize what matters most to you. She always gives practical tips to make your life both easier and more fulfilling. Make sure to connect with Sheila on Instagram or Facebook!