We live in a world where we are in a constant state of stress and pressure, relationships, day to day activities, or clutter are a big part of it. The yearning to have less, to do less, or to spend less is a feeling most of us have.
To fulfil this feeling, to need less, we can adopt a minimalist lifestyle, where we can be more focused on the essential things and getting the noise out of our lives. This guide has a few minimalist tips to start this journey into a simple and peaceful life.
What is Minimalism?
To be a minimalist or have a minimalist lifestyle means that you are embracing what you have and not to be dependent on material possessions to bring you joy.
This kind of lifestyle covers more than just decluttering, which is part of it. You can take this kind of lifestyle and apply it to your job, possessions, social media life, relationships with family and friends, and finances.
Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle
Every change has an adjustment period, and adopting a new lifestyle is not the exception. You will start to notice that you are feeling happier, peaceful, and confident. To live only with the essential will lift a weight from your shoulders and give you the freedom and time to do what you enjoy
Another benefit is the space that you will find around you; letting go of material things will help you clean and declutter your rooms and closets. You will also have time to spend with those who matter to you and have quality time with them.
Minimalistic Lifestyle: How to Start
As mentioned before, every change has an adjustment period, it takes time, and it isn’t immediate. It’s a constant process where we can make mistakes, learn new lessons, and discover something new about ourselves. We have a guide to help you out with this new lifestyle.
Why, How and What?
First things first, why are you doing this? What do you want from this lifestyle? Is it for less stress, a healthier lifestyle? Do you want to be emotionally stable or just want more space and time in your life?
To answer these questions, you can start by making a list of the things that make you feel stressed, under pressure, or exhausted. By doing this, you are setting a goal, a vision, and a path to tackle your lifestyle. Remember that the goals you set up have to be concrete and attainable. If you want to keep these goals in mind, you can start doing a vision board with words of encouragement and pictures for inspiration.
Change your Mindset
Determination and effort are vital to embracing a minimalist lifestyle. Don’t worry if you slip back to your previous hoarding habits. What matters is your will to change. It can be done little by little, day by day until this becomes an everyday attitude.
Remember always to prioritise essentials. What is important to you? It can be people you love, a hobby. What are those things you care about the most and couldn’t live without? Having a clear mind of these essentials will give you a headstart and set aside things that are just taking your effort and time.
There will always be challenging situations, but remember that nothing lasts forever.
Focusing on your priorities and being grateful for what you have will help you surpass any challenges and allow you to enjoy the here and now.
Try to have a daily routine that helps you accomplish what you want every day, taking small positive actions each day, achieving small victories each day will reduce stress from your everyday life, and mean that you start having a more organised lifestyle.
Manage Your Expectations
We all want something in life; maybe we want it all. We have high expectations for ourselves, and society expects we pursue them, no matter the cost. This pressure is intense as we push on towards all those goals, making us unhappy and stressed.
With a minimalist perspective, you can reduce the number of “wants” in your life, keeping your essentials in mind. Peace and appreciation will come for what you already have.
How To Apply A Minimalist Lifestyle At Home
Starting in your home can be an easy start and will bring you joy and space. There are so many ways a minimalist atmosphere can benefit your life. Building constant and good habits of only keeping what matters to you can create an oasis right in your own space.
How often have you told yourself, “I’ll deal with it later,” as you put something else in the closet? Closets provide multiple benefits, such as keeping our clothes and belongings away from the dust and in order. But to use it as storage or junk disposal can create stress and frustration.
Let’s get rid of that clutter, grab a box for donating, and a trash bag for disposal, from all the belongings that you have in your closet what are the ones you need or the ones that spark joy? Try the Marie Kondo “KonMari” method of decluttering.
Your main goal here is to have a more organised closet where you can find what you are looking for. Those pumps that you haven’t worn for a year? Toss or donate. That pair of pants that are too small now? Donate it to a vintage store.
Minimise Your Kitchen Items
Now, let’s take a look at your kitchen. How many cracked dishes do you own? You keep intending to fix them, but have you? Take that “I’ll do it someday” mental clutter out of your mind and out of your kitchen: ditch broken items, pare down to the essentials, and simplify your life. Keep only necessary dishes, glasses, mugs, and silverware, so you don’t waste your life rummaging around for what you need.
Also, take a look at your kitchen table and countertop. Throw away those bills from months ago and random catch-all items. The idea is to have an organized space. If you don’t use countertop appliances as much, maybe you can find a place in the cabinets for them, so your countertop looks more clean and open. And If you haven’t used that appliance in a while, it might be a better idea to donate it.
Throw away expired food that you might have in your cupboards or refrigerator, and on your future grocery trips, try to make a list and stick to it. By doing this, you won’t be wasting food and keep your kitchen decluttered.
Minimising Children’ Toys
If you have children, you know the struggle of having your home clutter-free. Grab a trash bag, breath, and enter the space. Ask your children to help. After all, they are the ones who know what they want to keep and what not. You can explain to your little ones that those toys can bring joy to others by donating them. It can be an excellent opportunity for your children to learn a minimalist life and the importance of giving.
After cleaning, remember to resist the urge to buy lots of toys. Instead, you can buy fewer but quality toys and live a minimalist life with your chrildren.
Get Rid of Bathroom Clutter
Ok, you are doing a great job, now let’s go to the bathroom. Open all the drawers and cabinets and start sorting, keep the essentials, and donate the rest. You can give those hair appliances or accessories you no longer use.
Now, go through your toiletries. Is your shower cluttered with so many bottles and sops that you waste time choosing one? Try to use those shampoo, conditioner bottles that are almost empty first. Open your medicine cabinet and pitch medicines that are expired or empty.
Open your linen closet and count how many towels do you have. Do you need all of them? Separate the essential bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths from those you don’t use anymore. You can save a few towels for guests, but try to resist the urge to buy more. One benefit of minimalism is that you will be saving money on unnecessary things.
Time to declutter your makeup and beauty products. Do you use all of them? Do you need four compacts of bronzer? Makeup is a form of art, but to keep all the eyeshadows, eyeliners, or lipsticks that you have are not helping you with having a minimalist life. Try to keep the ones you use the most.
To eliminate non-essential stuff from your life is your goal in this minimalist Journey. You will be amazed by how lighter you will feel when you clear the clutter from your bathroom vanity and drawers.
Minimalist Tips For Your Living Room
Does your living room spark joy and peace? If not, take a piece of paper and list the things to change. Excessive seating areas, furniture, or piles of books? Its time to change it. Donate the books that you don’t love anymore and are just taking up space.
Try to incorporate plants like lavender, jasmine, or aloe vera that are considered soothing plants. Research types of houseplants that help clean the air like ivy or spider plants. Incorporating plants can bring an aura of nature to your space.
Try to minimize the number of wires in your living room. If possible, go wireless, but if not, try to organize the cables by keeping them out of sight.
Digitize your music and movies, and donate those CD’s and DVDs that are just taking up space.
Create a Calm Sleep Space
After a long day, can you walk to your bedroom and feel your muscles relax and know that you will have a peaceful night of sleep? Or, are you met with chaos and misplaced items, unorganized closets and clothes draped on the back of the chair? Try to donate or dump the things that you don’t need anymore and create a space where you can relax properly.
Daily Clean Up
You have your rooms cleared, you have extra space, and you are feeling lighter already. You should feel very proud of yourself, but make sure you keep it that way. Once a day, do a sweep of your home, put things back where they belong. You don’t want to throw all your hard work away and go back to decluttering.
Nowadays, we spend a lot of our time in the digital world, so we shouldn’t overlook all the digital clutter that we might have in our lives. We get notifications from social media, emails, or messages all the time.
All this noise is making us not being present in the here and now. You are not present for yourself and those around you. Try to put the phone down and walk away; maybe focus on a hobby or spending quality time with your loved ones.
Do you know how much time do you spend on social media? Keeping a diary for a few days of the time and websites you visit each day can give you a perspective of how much time you invest in the digital world.
The less time you spend on social media, the more you can be present for your life’s essentials. You can do a digital detox, take a break and rest for a day, a week or a month from the digital the world, and be more mindful and limit the time you spend on social media.
Have you seen a post on Facebook from a “friend” and asked yourself why you have them in your timeline? Take the courage to unfollow or unfriend those who do not bring value or positivity to your life. Why should you spend time surrounded by negativity, unkind posts, and complaints? You don’t need that kind of energy in your life.
Invest In You
Not all days work the way we want them to, but this shouldn’t stop you from having a “me time” and relax. You deserve to invest in yourself, to recharge, re-center, and re-balance. Do what feels best for you, meditate, yoga, read a great book, have a drink, or just have a long bath. Remember always to breathe and that everything is going to be alright.
Get Your Finances In Order
Finances aren’t easy and can be a delicate subject for some. Still, we shouldn’t forget about them and how they can affect our daily life. Instead of spending time doing everything manually, automate your finances, simplify your process by paying everything online through your bank or budgeting through other financial apps like Monzo. As we mentioned before, having a minimalist lifestyle will help you save money for more important things in the future.
Embrace The Change
Having a clutter-free life will help put into motion a steady, transformative change, one you will appreciate every day. Yes, having a minimalist lifestyle isn’t easy or the secret to endless happiness and problem-free life, but it’s a start to a healthier and lighter you. It’s a journey where you take the most important things in your life and focus on them. With time you will find a balance and peace in your day-to-day life.Remember: Progress not perfection! Click To Tweet
Maintaining a conscious, self-improving mindset will bring you joy, purpose, and freedom to focus on the things you care about and those you love. With minimalism, you will stop focusing on frustrations and start focusing on your gratitude.