There are many ways to achieve minimalism in your life and the simplest way is to start by simply cutting out the unnecessary clutter from your life.
Minimalism doesn't have to mean you have less, it can also mean that you need less or want less.
You're living a simple life when everything around you is necessary and nothing more.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is simple.
it's about making conscious choices for your life rather than just accepting the world as it is. It's a mindset that can apply to anything, including your physical belongings and your time.
The most important thing in minimalism is the intention with which you do something, not what you do. Avoid focusing on a strict set of rules or guidelines when starting out with minimalism and instead choose a direction that will bring you joy and happiness, while still being satisfying for others around you.
Once you have started living with less clutter there are some things to think about until minimalism becomes instinctive for you:
1) What does minimalism mean to me?
2) Which habits support my goal of simplicity?
3) which habits don't?
4) What are the consequences of my everyday choices?
Think about your answers to these questions and answer them as honestly as you can.
Be open-minded and allow yourself the freedom to choose the version of minimalism that is right for you!
A guide to finding your own ideal version of minimalism!
What does minimalism mean to you?
Think about your answers to the question “What does minimalism mean to me?”.
Your answers are unique and should reflect your personality, your values and what's important in life. The only correct answer is therefore yours!
Feel free to answer this question as many times as you like until the answers reflects how you want to live out your life.
Which habits support my goal of simplicity?
Start reducing or removing clutter from your everyday life by writing down what it means for you.
For example: Are you living with less stuff, owning fewer things, spending less time on shopping trips? Is there anything that can be delayed, postponed or perhaps even cut out completely? Which methods do you want to use?
A method can be anything from using a to-do list, living in the present moment or learning how to say no.
Which methods support your goal of simplicity? Which don't?
Once you have removed the clutter it's time to focus on creating good habits that will help keep your life simple.
Form new habits by thinking about them carefully before making any changes, write down what you are going change and when are you going to do it.
Make sure you follow through with whatever habit you decide upon even if different habits work better for other people. Habits become instinctive over time so make sure they suit your personality too!
Create good habits while removing bad ones by replacing them with positive routines that give your day
Where do you begin?
Take Baby Steps.
Baby steps mean taking small, simple steps on the way towards achieving your goals.
If you start by removing clutter from one room of your home on a daily basis over several weeks you will have removed the same amount of clutter as if you had taken one large weekend clean up!
There are many ways to practice minimalism and it's all about finding out what is right for YOU:
– Taking care of your belongings (keeping them in good condition and repairing before replacing)
– Decluttering (organizing, minimizing and getting rid of unnecessary things)
– Adjusting your lifestyle according to your needs (for example use reusable bags instead of plastic ones or carpool when you can instead of driving)
Minimalism is about embracing the lifestyle that best suits you!
Minimalism is a lifestyle that allows you to prioritize what is important and let go of everything that isn't.
By focusing on fewer things it becomes possible to engage more fully with those few things, instead of being distracted by lots of different opportunities.
The ideal version of minimalism for YOU is therefore the one that makes YOU happy but keep in mind that all versions include most or all of these ideas: owning less stuff, spending less money, taking care of your belongings, living out your values.
If your version of minimalism focuses too much on cutting back on material goods and not enough on real human connections it's probably not for you.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair – The 3 R's of Minimalism!
Put your attention on reducing what you own and how much of it you use.
Remember this is not about denying yourself the things you love but giving yourself more of the things that are important to you. The key here is being conscious in your choices when buying new items.
This means using existing resources instead of always having to acquire new ones . You can reuse for example grocery bags or cooking oil when frying food.
Repairing makes good sense both financially and ecologically, so if something breaks down take care of it rather than throwing it away immediately!
Minimalism in all its varieties encourages mindfulness in one's activities, relationships with others and appreciation for what one has.
Many minimalists value experiences over possessions, prioritize time over money and value quality of life rather than material wealth.
Minimalism is far more common than you might think.
It's not a fad or something that only the rich can afford. You don't need to be a millionaire to enjoy the benefits of minimalism, although having money certainly helps!
Minimalist living has become increasingly popular in recent years and it doesn't seem like it's slowing down any time soon.
We hope this guide has been helpful for you!