Minimalism seems to be all the rage right now, however it has been around for decades. If you’ve never practiced minimalism, than you could very well have a skewed view of what a minimal lifestyle looks like. We’re here to share that minimalism looks different for everybody. Don’t assume the picture in your head of an empty house is an accurate depiction of what minimalism is. In fact, a minimal lifestyle will leave you feeling anything but empty.
Today we wanted to start with how you can jump start your life as a minimalist. By going through these simple steps, you’ll be able to have a clear vision and be able to attack your goals head on. Minimalism can seem intimidating, especially if you have a tendency to hold onto inanimate objects, whether that’s due to emotional attachment or fear of getting rid of something and needing it again for example, So let’s see how we can put the simple motto of, “identify the essentials, get rid of the rest!” into action.
Here are simple steps you can take to move forward to a freeing, minimalist lifestyle!
What is your goal? Why would you want to start a minimal lifestyle? Is it because you are a parent and are completely overwhelmed by how much your house has changed with parenthood? This was a huge factor for us, and a huge reason behind our journey to minimalism. Do you want to obtain fewer toys? Break a collection habit? Put an end to shopping addiction (ahem, read: consumerism). At the end of the day we just craved more connection and spending more time with our kids.
Make a list + decide what you want to keep. This is the easiest, but most time consuming, part of the process in our opinion. This step is all about a scale of importance. Our rule of thumb is, “does it get used on a daily/weekly basis?” If not it’s got to go. There’s no reason to be holding onto things that are just essentially being ‘stored’. Our homes aren’t a storage unit.
Stop shopping. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Stop shopping. Make it a goal that every single time you enter a store it’s to purchase essentials only. Only bring things into your home that have purpose and provide for you (food).
Experiences over possessions. This step will make an instant HUGE impact on your life. Besides the research completed to back this up, you will LIVE life, and not COLLECT life.
Create a capsule wardrobe. Your closet and mind will thank you for this step. Imagine eliminating 50% of your laundry and gaining that back in TIME. You can read more about how to create a capsule wardrobe here.
COMMIT. It’s as simple as that. Commit to these changes and you will feel free, successful, and have a clear mind.
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