Less is more today. And this goes with every area of our lives from our wardrobe to our furniture to what we purchase at the grocery store. The idea is to lessen our impact on the world while still enjoying our lives. In fact, minimalism claims that once you free yourself from your excessive possessions you will have more time and mental energy to enjoy your life, which adds to your mental and overall health and well being.
How Does That Work?
When you diminish the amount of possessions you have, you will be surprised at how much smoother you life will become. Excess breeds stress and actually costs us a great deal of money and time. When you stop adding more stuff to the stuff you already have the bottom line is you stop spending money.
You won’t have as many things to clean and life will seem balanced. There are tons of steps you can take to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. By all means, don’t feel like you must try them all unless you want to. The idea is to ease yourself into the lifestyle to see if it agrees with you.
This is the best way to get into the minimalist mindset. Take a look around your home. The goal is to fill one large garbage bag with things you no longer need. You don’t have to use a garbage bag if you don’t want to. Maybe you have a large box. The idea here is to start purging your belongings. The best place to start is with your books or your closets.
Put It Away
A great way to give your home the impression of minimalism is to keep it clutter free. To do this you need to find a home for everything and keep it there. If you are lacking in storage space, then it’s possible you have more to get rid of than just one garbage bag.
Once all your stuff is put away, rooms like your living room and bedroom should have a clean, clutter free, minimalist look. This means only one thing on the table, one piece of art on the wall, and the ability to see under your platform bed. Platform beds are great if you are planning on creating a minimalist look for you home. Check out this review of platform beds from thesleepjudge.com.
Diminish Your Wardrobe
If you haven’t worn it in 6 months it’s time to donate it or sell it. There is no reason why anyone should own more than 3 pairs of jeans. If you need a plan, check out Project 333. The idea is to choose 33 items from your closet including clothes, shoes, and accessories. You can leave out underwear and workout clothes for this project.
Once you’ve chosen the 33 items you can’t live without, pack up all your other things and put them away somewhere. You then spend the next 30 days just wearing the items you’ve chosen. After a month you should be able to notice the difference in your mental attitude towards clothes.
The goal is to get along with less. This will free up your mind and you may no longer look for things to fulfill you or make you happy. This is what minimalism is trying to achieve.
At The Market
Another great way to minimize the items in your life is when you do your grocery shopping for the week. One way to stop from overbuying food is to not go shopping hungry. When we are feeling our stomach grumble is the worst time to shop for food because everything looks good and we want to buy it all.
Try making a list before you go to the grocery store. This should help you avoid making more purchases than you need. There is nothing worse than finding rotten food in our refrigerator and not having any other choice then throwing it away. Especially when there are so many hungry people in the world.
Write It Down
If you are serious about adopting minimalism as a lifestyle, then you should write about it every day in a journal. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or energy on this. Just a little something about your goals, what you purged, what you gained, and how it makes you feel.
When you write down your goals they seem more attainable and when you write down your feelings you can see for yourself if this is the lifestyle for you.
Minimalism isn’t for everyone but it may be for you. So much waste is generated in the world this is a great way to lessen your carbon footprint on the planet. Besides that, you will save some money along the way because you’ll be more conscious of the stuff you have and whether or not you want to add to it. You’ll also learn something about yourself along the way.