I loved buying new stuff. It got a boost when I was hired by an MNC as a software engineer.

My parents like anyone else’s. Never bothered teaching me about money. How to earn money and how to spend it.

My mom is a hoarder. She keeps everything even if it provides no value.

She gets emotionally attached to things, I believe. It had to do with her mother. Not her fault, but circumstances made her that way.

My grandmother had to lead a nomadic life because my grandfather had to travel to places to work and stay there for a while.

While moving to new a new place, they had to leave behind a lot of stuff that either connot be carried or serves no purpose in the new place.

This might have changed her to hold on to things. And my mom got it from her. This is my theory which has a lot of flaws but a theory for now.

Apparently, my uncle(mother’s elder brother) is also a hoarder. He told me that grandma was a hoarder too.

All the things you need not want.

If you do think about it logically, I should have been a hoarder too bit since I lived away from my mom in a village with my father’s family, I did not become one.

The problem with hoarding is that you cannot be clean. All the stuff you have accumulated needs space. Cleaning that space needs moving that junk. And there isn’t any space to move it!

I have lived in this environment for a long time and I have suffered a lot.

I couldn’t invite my friends over. I had to give reasons so that they don’t visit.

I had very little space to move around. We weren’t poor but I was made to feel so.

My parents could have easily afforded a big place but they chose to stay in small places with all my mom’s clutter.

It felt like I was smothered every day and every hour of the day. That led to low self-confidence, self-esteem and what not.

Enter minimalism

Maybe a social media link led to a video and that led to another and that led to another and I somehow ended up on a minimalism video.

never heard of the word before. I read about it, watched a lot of videos and I felt that is exactly what I need.

All my frustrations from childhood must have pushed me to the other way. That’s how my path to minimalism began.

Since then, I have reduced my possession, started living with less stuff. I never buy something I want but only if I need.

Now I have more space to move around, fewer things to worry about.

Distraction free Phone

I have fewer clothes, dishes, electronics, etc. If you think about it, you save a lot of time just because you do not have to wash those extra pair of bed sheets that you barely use.

Less is more

Minimal Cooking

Since I do intermittent fasting, I do not eat breakfast. That itself simplifies my cooking by half!

I have to decide what to cook for the next 2 meals. I will have eggs or chicken in it so that I don’t have to eat any grains.

My wife cooks delicious egg curry. I can just eat that and live!

Minimal Money Habits

have you ever been to a Supermarket with a list in your hand or phone and then bought just that and returned home?

It doesn’t happen because Supermarkets are a visual treat. You will probably buy a few more items that you may not need. I have started spending only on the things I need. If I have made a list then I will stick to the list.

Minimal Transport

I have both offices I work at around 2KM distance to which I can walk easily.

I put on my Bluetooth headphone, tune into an interesting podcast, and walk. This routine makes me learn new things through the podcast and also I get some exercise.

I’m not buying a motorcycle or a car for the commute because we have Uber taxis all around. It will get you where you wanted in time without asking for parking fee, maintenance, gas, driving attention, etc.

Think of a life where you can free up your mind from the thoughts like your can might get a scratch in the location where you’ve parked or should I wash the car today, change the oil tomorrow.

Not owning a vehicle saves you from a lot of headaches. Vehicle prices depreciate more than 20% right after you buy them.

Let’s compare the prices of owning a car or taking a taxi.

Imagine your travel costs 200/day to commute to the office. In order to save this money, you buy a car worth ₹5,00,000.

Now, if you do the math, you can commute to work on 200/day for 8 years (say 300 working days a year) in that ₹5,00,000.

If you invest the same ₹5,00,000 in a Fixed Deposit with only 6% annual returns, even then you get ₹8,00,000+ at the end of 8 years.

You just earned ₹3,00,000. I bet your car can’t do that!