How I Used the Principles of Minimalism to Make $8,000 by Emma Scheib
How I use the principles of minimalism to make eight thousand dollars by Scheib of simple slow lovely dot com. If you told me a few years ago that minimalism or simple living would lead to generating money. I would have laughed away of living helping generate income sounds too good to be true. and. Right now, you're probably wondering how I'm going to spin this and if it's actually as good as it sounds right. Well from one skeptic to another I, invite you to open your mind to new possibilities. Let go of preconceived ideas about how making money should look which for most people looks like being employed and let your imagination lead you because I believe that when you let go of clutter both physical and emotional and embrace freedom, there were many opportunities for your finances to benefit. So here we go. Let's break it down. Making money was a byproduct. I never set out to use the concepts of minimalism to make money. My pathway to simple living was forged through many years of living in the land of busy and overwhelmed. I chose to slow down and simplify, and one of the consequences was an opportunity to make money. It didn't happen overnight. I spent a couple of years emptying my home of the things that I didn't need anymore drawer by drawer box box. That's the only way I got there. There were many times that I wished the process would go faster, but it just didn't work that way and going slower allowed me to apply and environmental mindfulness to the process. As ID cluttered and simplified I gained freedom. When I got to a certain level of empty a few shelves here and there a barebones closets I began to dream of things I'd previously deemed impossible. For instance, a family sabbatical overseas seemed a little bit more doable less to pack less to store less work to prepare for. Okay. Okay. Enough Preamble I'll cut to the chase for you now. Making the money. So. How exactly did we make eight thousand dollars as a byproduct of choosing to live more minimally. We were able to rent our beautiful home over the summer. We live in a beautiful part of New Zealand with the best, beach in the world only seven minutes drive from our home. It's a sought after location for New Zealanders and many foreign tourists to we'd heard of other people renting their houses out as holiday homes and knew that it could be a profitable venture but laden down with four too many possessions. I never seriously considered this as an option for. Making money the preparation to get the house ready would have been absolutely enormous and completely unattainable when I left my fulltime job to set about restoring sanity and balance to our house. We knew that renting our house out would be a great option to help replace a bit of my income, and by the time we decided to go ahead and advertise I had a couple of years of decluttering under my belt. There was still work to be done, but it wasn't overwhelming and having an external goal to hold me accountable helped to push through some of the harder decisions about what state or got donated I'll be honest with you though we do not look like minimalists are home does not have that scandi minimalist look. We still have stuff. We still have excess stuff. In fact, I'm often embarrassed if anyone sees her garage, but it's one hundred percent better than it was three years ago. So. Now, let's talk about how minimalism might help you make some money. How could minimalism help you create extra income? Sell items. I sold a few things but donated most I was already pretty time poor. So I decided on the more efficient way to purge items. But if you have some extra time, consider at least selling your bigger ticket items but also you might hold a garage sale or list your things on a local facebook garage sale page the excess items you no longer want could translate into hundreds of dollars if you want them to. Buy less. Put yourself on spending ban and save the money you might have spent. You might be surprised how much you spend each month on non subsidies? Yes. I'm talking takeaway coffee makeup homewares, etc. Check out the year of less by Kate Flanders for more inspiration. Do what we did. I highly recommend considering renting out your home for a period. It won't be for everyone, but you may not know until you try. But also if you aren't quite there yet you could consider using the extra time you have by not having as much to clean organize and maintain to earn a little extra money on the side. Perhaps you have a creative pursuit that you might be able to earn some money from free up your time, and this could become a profitable reality. I get that many people do this they rent their whole house or part of it without identifying as minimalist or a slow living advocate. But I'm giving this way of living full credit for being able to take this opportunity. I'm so thankful that I'm on this journey to simplify and slow down it's not always easy but there are always hidden gems along the way.