Adopting a minimalist lifestyle has various benefits. Firstly, you will find it has a positive impact on your overall wellbeing, it clears space both physically and mentally making room for the stuff that actually matters. It can help you to save more money and stress less. A minimalist lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to ditch everything in your home and wardrobe, it means editing and auditing, keeping only the things that are useful or bring you great joy.
Minimalism looks different for everyone. There is no set number of things you need to own or any hard and fast rules. Creating your own minimalist lifestyle is a very personal journey, it takes time and it’s not about achieving perfection. Let’s dive in to how a minimalist lifestyle can help you to de-stress and save money in the process…
Buy Less, Buy Better
Invest in things that will last you a lifetime. You may have looked at shoes that cost over a couple hundred dollars and thought they were too expensive. Yet, you may invest in £20 shoes every few months as the quality is poor, you end up spending £100’s a year on shoes anyway. Rather than having an abundance of low quality shoes, invest in quality items that will stand the test of time and can be repaired if and when they eventually need.
If you’re a book reader, consider investing in technology to store all of your favorites. Not only are you able to bring every book or magazine you want using one tool, you could save some trees. You’re able to give back to the earth and your budget. If you love the feel of a real old-fashioned book, then get yourself a library card and borrow the books instead of buying, that way you don’t have shelves stacked high with books, save money and can support your local library too.
Sell Your Unused Items
Go through everything you have. Start with one category of items for example ‘dresses’, then audit accordingly. Decluttering by category will stop you from getting too overwhelmed. As you pick up every item, ask yourself if it brings you joy and consistently serves a purpose in your life. If not, you can sell the item on Ebay, Depop, Etsy, Poshmark or donate your unwanted clothes online so the money from each sale goes to a good cause.
Invest In Reusable Essentials
Again, invest in the best. Purchase organisational tools that’ll be able to help you keep your place clean and last you for years to come. Invest in reusable items like eco-friendly cleaning equipment, that way you avoid throw away single-use plastic and have decent quality household tools. Be mindful with your spending, and really ask yourself the hard questions before handing over your card. Questions such as, do I love this product? will it last? what happens to the product when I’ve finished with it?
Have a Place for Everything
This is certainly a tough challenge! While you may have already started your decluttering, minimalist journey getting to the point where every item has its own place is a major achievement. Making sure everything in your home has a place will help to reduce stress and make tidying up so much easier. If you’re struggling to find a place for every item consider decluttering even further.
Do A Mini Declutter Once A Week
Things tend to get a little out of hand every once in a while. When you’re busy, your place may get a little hectic with stuff appearing seemingly out of nowhere. Try to do a mini declutter once a week. This can be as simple as filling up one carrier bag or donating one item to charity each Saturday. Ensure you’re staying accountable to your minimalist practices. This one simple action will bring you a sense of calm and help a good cause.
Cut Useless Expenses
Now that you may not be spending as much on going out, this may come rather easily for you. Switch around your budget to see where you should shift your extra money. Consider contributing more towards your savings or debt repayments. Applying minimalist lifestyle practices to your finances will have a positive impact on your mindset and help you to feel more in control of your financial wellbeing.
Unsubscribe From Temptation
We all have those emails from brands that we like or from websites that are trying to sell us things constantly. If you know that you are easily tempted to buy fifteen dresses from ASOS just because midi dresses are bang on trend, then remove that temptation from your life. Unsubscribe from the emails that are likely to make you go and spend money on impulse purchases, that ultimately lead to piles of unworn clothing or unused products in your home.
Let Things Go
Try to disassociate your emotional attachment to things. You may have clothes in your wardrobe that you’ve had for years, yet you just can’t bare to say goodbye. Know that your memories aren’t hidden in materials and get rid of any guilt when letting things go. You could always take a photo to remember the item by.
And last but by no means least, always practice gratitude. Every morning, write out five things you’re thankful for. That could be your morning coffee or your clean and tidy home. Be grateful for all the things, people, places, moments that bring you joy and you will find that you no longer feel the need to fill your life with stuff.