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Have you been reading about minimalism and want to begin living a minimalist lifestyle, but don’t know where to start? Does it all seem like too much and make you feel like you have to do too much at once? Below you will find a list of ideas to get started in your life to get rid of the clutter and get into the minimalist mindset and lead a more intentional life. Part 1 focuses on the mental aspect, so super easy!
What it means to you and how you decide to incorporate it into your life will be unique to you. If you want to get started and are looking for some easy steps to begin integrating it into your life today, you have come to the right place! Go through the list below and do the ones you choose. You can do one or two, or you can do them all! Start with the first section, writing it down, to figure out what minimalism means for you and what you want to gain from it. That will help you decide how many (or all if you want!) steps to do to guide you towards a more purpose-driven life.
Declutter your life. Write it down.
Grab a paper and pen. Make a list of YOUR reasons for wanting to begin living a minimalist lifestyle. Why do you want to live more simply? Write it all down. This doesn’t have to be done in one sitting. Leave your list out and spend a few days or even a week on it. As things come to mind, add them.
Tired of looking around your house and only seeing clutter? Tired of feeling like all you do is clean? Sick of being in debt? Are you too stressed to get a good night’s sleep? Want to set an example for your kids to live a more purpose driven life? Do you want more experiences than stuff?
Write down you’re why’s for wanting to begin living a minimalist lifestyle. Big and small. These will help you remember what matters most in your life. These are your goals for an intentional life.
What do you love and what makes you happy? What we value is very personal and unique to us. Decide what’s important to you. Look back on your happiest memories. What makes them something you look back on with a smile? I’m gonna take a guess, but it didn’t have to do with stuff. More than likely it was the people you were with and the experience. Not things. The adventure. Crossing something off your bucket list maybe? Write down what it is about that memory that you value so much.
This list is your reminder of what you value. What makes you happy. Your Why for wanting to live a more intentional, purpose-driven life. This will help you get the mindset that material things aren’t what brings you joy. This is laying the groundwork for minimalist living.
This is another crucial step to getting into the mindset of minimalist living. You can’t spend your time comparing yourself to others. Your life itself, the stuff you have. If you do this, you will constantly feel a sense of lack. There will always be people that have more stuff than you do. Does that make their life better than yours? Nope!
Turn your gaze to YOUR life. Find all the things you are grateful for, little and big. Write down 3 things every day. You can do this is the morning when you wake up, or in the evening before you go to bed. Make it part of your daily routine. If you enjoy journaling, this is the perfect thing to add to each day. Doing this will help instill gratitude into your life will help you feel a sense of satisfaction and of peace.
Don’t just declutter your home, declutter your whole life.
Take a look at how much you have on your plate. If you have too many commitments this can add to your stress and a feeling of being overwhelmed. Prioritize these things so that you can have more time to focus on what’s important to you. You don’t have to say yes to everything asked of you. In fact, learning to say no more often will help reduce your stress so much! I’m not saying that you should say no to everyone every single time a favor is asked. What I am saying, is to prioritize. Wanting to help people is not a bad thing at all. But, being the person who always says yes resulting in you being the first person asked for the favors all the time can be stressful.
Learn to put yourself first! While you are at the task of saying no more often, add in making time for self-care! The mental and physical benefits of this will make it worth it. You can read more about self-care here, and download the free printable list of 65 ideas to get you started!
Minimalist living doesn’t mean you can’t buy stuff anymore.
You can still buy stuff. The point though is to be more intentional with what you buy. Be mindful of impulse spending & over buying. This is an important thing to remember when you begin living a minimalist lifestyle. When you go shopping, stick to your list diligently. No more buying something just because it is on sale for a great deal and someday you might use it. One way to avoid impulse spending is to avoid your trigger stores (sorry Target & Michael’s, we had some great times). My craft closet was SO FULL of impulse purchases I bought because they were on sale and I thought maybe someday I will use them. So better to grab it while it’s on sale rather than pay full price, right? Well, here it is years later, and I have yet to use some stuff. All those things are doing is taking up space and adding to the clutter.
Take things into consideration before making a purchase. Do you need it? Will it bring happiness and value to your life? How will this item enhance your life? Is it something you will use often? Think every purchase through before making it. No more impulse purchases. Think about it for at least a week before you make the purchase. Let’s say you have a wedding or holiday party coming up. Do you REALLY need to buy a new dress? Or, can you wear one you already have? Do you have a friend you can borrow a dress from?
Live by the one in, one out rule.
This is a super easy way to keep your clutter to a minimum. Especially with kids toys! At the same time, it can be a hard one for not just the kids, but the adults too. But it will be worth it to reduce the clutter in your home. Don’t buy something to replace an item, without getting rid of one you already have. This works perfectly with winter coats and boots, toys, accessories, purses, shoes, knick-knacks and coffee mugs. When you buy something new, donate what it is replacing.
This can be super helpful with kids around birthday and Christmas time. Instead of adding a whole bunch of new toys to the clutter, have them donate some old toys to make room for the new ones they will be getting.
Begin living a minimalist lifestyle today!
The sooner you start, the less you will have to go through! I wish I would have done this years ago. We would have so much less stuff to go through now if we had. Seriously, we had a few boxes that were packed up a few duty stations ago that we never unpacked. One box hasn’t been unpacked in the last 6 years. I made the decision that everything in that box gets donated. If I haven’t missed it in the past 6 years, I won’t miss it now.
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