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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Sell while you downsize
Naturally, the first way you could make money is when you first get started. When you first clean house try selling your old, unwanted items.
There are yard sales, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist to get you started.
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!
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.
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!
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
- Save Over $10,000 per Year by Making These 7 Simple Changes
- How to Make Your Home More Sustainable
- 87 Extreme Cheapskates Money Hacks That Are Pretty Normal
- Can I Afford to Get Out of Debt? How to Find That Extra Money to Get You Started
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!
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?
How to make money helping others:
- 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!
- Plan a Big Downsize Without Moving
- Decluttering a Room One Week at a Time
- Kitchen Declutter and Storage Solutions
- Becoming Minimalist: 3 Thoughts Keeping You in the Clutter
- How to Be a Minimalist When You Like Having Stuff
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?