Make Money with Minimalism

Make Money with Minimalism

There is a huge movement happening around the idea of no longer letting our possessions possess us and it’s amazing. As with most things, there are different “branches” of minimalism. One type is having a highly modern, chic, clean home design. The other kind, The “Fun Sized” kind, is where you clear all the clutter from your life that no longer serves you. It’s living with intention and purpose. That’s my kind of minimalism. If you’re on the same page as me and just want to have more of the things in life that bring you joy, I want to share with you some different ways you can actually make money with minimalism. Easy ways that your passion could become purpose. Let’s look at how.

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Cash in

Naturally, the first way you could make money is when you first get started. When you first clear house (or when you continually do) try selling your old, unwanted items.

Sure, there are yard sales, Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, however, most of the time downsizing comes with a “get the heck outta my house” attitude. Oftentimes people end up just bringing everything to a local donation center. If you don’t want to wait around for someone to decide to purchase your stuff, there is a way to get it all out of your house and make money effortlessly.

If you are racing to get this clutter out of your life, try out Decluttr first. You can download the app, scan the barcodes on your items (or enter them in) to see how much money you can make. Once you’ve done that you simply ship off your items and wait for a check! Read more here.

You can also make a great profit by sprucing up old, outdated furniture and giving it a whole new look. Kind of like I did here. Unfortunately you can’t sell furniture on Decluttr, but refurbished furniture is a great way to make a profit and they usually sell pretty fast on places like Facebook Marketplace.

One car

Part of minimalism means trying to only have one of every thing, because often times two is just not necessary. This may not be the case with things like forks, spoons, plates and toilet paper, but you know what I mean.

After all, do you really have a strong need for 4 crockpots? Maybe you do…but chances are you could let one or two of them go.

What about your car? More and more families are challenging themselves to live with only one vehicle. Instead they are opting for biking, relying on the train or simply staying put at home!

Maybe you work close enough to home that instead of spending on gas, you could save by taking your bike?

Imagine the stress, effort, and money you could save by kicking a car to the curb. Not only would you save on gas and insurance, but you’d also be helping out the environment by avoiding all the gas guzzling.

Other great ways to cut back expenses

Host your home

If you have already cleaned house and are used to living with less, this could be the opportune time to take some vacation and make some money hosting your house with Airbnb.

One of the major drawbacks people face when hosting their home is having to clean up in preparation. For those who practice minimalism, this isn’t as big of an issue. Get all the best tips for being a successful Airbnb host. If you maintain a relatively clutter free environment, imagine how quickly and easily you could get up and go!

Not only could you travel more, but a lot of times people find they are actually able to pay for their monthly mortgage payment through hosting! I know our family could! If you’ve ever wondered how much you might make with Airbnb, check out their calculator to get an idea of what people are making in your area.

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Teach others

Like most minimalists, you may find that minimalism becomes a passion for you. It’s something you want to share with others because you know the benefits. So why not share your journey and make some money in the process?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Home staging – Real estate is a big market and individuals are always looking for help prepping their home to sell. If you know how to make a home quickly clutter free, clean and practical, then this may be a great way to use your minimalist talents.
  • Interior design – Just think, Joanna Gaines got her start decorating through a design blog. No, she didn’t go to school for it. She just had a natural talent for making things simple and beautiful. So start taking pictures of your design talent and start helping others. You never know how quickly you might make a name for yourself.
  • Estate sale planning – As people grow older and decided to leave their homes, there is often a lot of baggage that comes along with it. Be the one who helps them through this process. Sometimes this might mean helping them downsize to fit into a smaller place or helping family members to clean house after a person has passed.
  • Blogging – I started blogging as a health and fitness blogger. On a whim, I wrote a post called The Minimalist Diet. Instantly the blog took off and the heath and fitness posts were a thing of the past. Why? Because minimalism was a passion. It was my life and I was writing from the heart. See how to make money blogging.
  • Write a book – Blurb has multiple options to create your own type of trade book, picture book, or novel. Get 20% off to get started! If you have a passion for writing, photography or even minimalist cooking, maybe you could consider writing a book to help others get the hang of this thing!

Do the downsize!

If you haven’t yet, it might be time to consider making the plunge into downsizing! By doing this you can potentially save on mortgage costs, utilities, and time! Our family downsized 2 years ago and it has truly been life changing. Not only did we get about an extra $1,000 back in our budget, but we became closer as a family as well.

So how in the world do you even begin to downsize? I have some great ideas to help get you started!

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Be true to you

No matter what, I’m a firm believer that in life you have to do what feels true and authentic to who you are. Maybe you got a few ideas here, maybe nothing seemed to fit. Either way, be honest, be helpful, and be passionate in your work. After all, that’s what minimalism is all about, right?

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About The Author

Renee

Renee is the blogger behind The Fun Sized Life. After downsizing with her family, she also took the time to get serious about he finances. Now she is sharing the wealth with all of her readers.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather | 24th Jun 18

    Great tips! I was nodding my head through most of this (Airbnb isn’t my bag, although it might be someone else’s) as I was reading it! I got super passionate about this topic after reading Marie Kondo’s book, which changed my life (and made me tons of cash). I am on board with YOUR/our kind of minimalism 🙂 So glad to have found your blog!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 28th Jun 18

      Marissa, thanks so much!! We just stayed in an Airbnb that was so minimal and clean…I’m inspired all over again! Although, I totally understand why not everyone would love the idea! I’m glad you get where I’m coming from!

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