Minimalist living is about intentionally living with as little as possible−less space, less time, and less money. As proved by many observations and real-life experiences, a minimalist lifestyle comes with a deep sense of satisfaction asides other benefits. For that reason, everyone must consider how to be a minimalist.
While some may feel that living a simple life is gaining less popularity, it is still undeniably beneficial. And in reality, we all yearn to be a minimalist in one way or the other.
Wittingly or unwittingly, you might have practiced minimalist living in its basic form. For example, if you decide to do some decluttering in your wardrobe to free some space, you are trying to make use of less space in your closet and, therefore, in a sense practicing minimalist living. The result? Your wardrobe looks more organized, and that gives you a sense of satisfaction. You also find it much easier to find what to wear, which helps you prepare faster for outings. Most of us can testify to the truthfulness of this.
So, whether you want to practice minimalist living in all areas of your life, the tips below are worth considering as they would prove helpful. Join me as we take a ride on the journey of becoming a successful minimalist!
How to Be a Minimalist
1. Write Down Reasons
Motivations, whether wrong or right, play a significant role in executing most goals. Becoming a minimalist is no exception. To start the journey of becoming a successful minimalist, get the map ready by writing down all the reasons you want to practice minimalist living.
This could range from loads of debt to a disorganized home. Making this list will help you realize how important it is for you to start this journey and serve as a booster just in case you get tired along the way, which is a possibility.
Now that you understand why this first step is essential, what practical steps should you take?
- Make a list, either on a piece of paper or on your mobile device.
- Keep the directory where it will be easy for you to see daily.
- Mark out reasons each time you successfully minimize them; that way, you can measure your progress.
2. Dispose of Duplicates
Many of us have extra copies of almost everything. Of course, I am not discouraging keeping additional copies of important files and documents. Consider, however, things like books, measuring cups, cassettes. Do we need two or more copies of such things? When you eventually dispose of duplicates, it can be surprising that many of the clones we store and view as necessary are nothing more than space takers.
Minimalist living gives no room for unnecessary storage. Remember, the goal is to live life to the full with as little as possible.
To dispose of duplicates, practice the step-by-step tips below:
- Get a box or other substitutes to store duplicates.
- Keep all extra copies of objects in your home in the box. (This is essentially important if you want to have a clean kitchen)
- Keep the box somewhere at home for some time.
- If you do not have to open the box for about a month, let it go.
3. Declutter Areas
Statistics show that an average household has about 300,000 items. When you think of things you have at home such as plates, papers, and wardrobe items, you will see how truthful the stats is. You probably have more than this estimated number of items at home.
To become a minimalist, start with freeing up areas in your home. This provides, amongst other things, a clean and free environment to work, giving you the inner sense of satisfaction that comes with minimalist living.
De-cluttering areas can be done gradually by doing the following:
- Choose a space in your home that you want to make clutter-free.
- Extend that area slowly until it covers a large part or even the whole of your house.
- Discard meaningless materials.
4. Light Traveling
Travelling is one activity that helps one appreciate the importance of minimalist living. Minimalists travel with only necessary material possessions and nothing extra. While many pack lots of loads for journeys, they pack less, giving them less stress during the trip.
Asides the freedom from unnecessary stress, traveling with less clutter helps you focus more on the knowledge and experience you stand to gain during the trip rather than on how to cater for the loads. A backpack or suitcase would do the work of storing stuff from one place to another.
For your first journey as a minimalist, the following tips would help:
- Buy a well-organized bag.
- Pack clothes for only half of the time you plan to spend.
- Wash the clothes with you to wear for the other half of the travel period.
- If you still have extra stuff after the prepared bag is full, drop some things instead of getting an extra bag.
5. Invest in High-Quality Materials
Living with less does not mean buying less quality items. Successfully becoming a minimalist involves that you put in extra effort to buy more high-quality stuff. When you invest in high-quality materials, it saves you stress, time, and money spent shopping regularly. If you want to live with less, the little you keep must be ones worth having.
To assist you with shopping for materials that will last practice the following tips:
- Shop only in stores known for selling high quality.
- Spend time learning about an online store before patronizing.
- But things only when you are sure to love them even after a long time.
Becoming a minimalist is not a one day job; neither is it achieved effortlessly. It is a gradual process that requires conscious effort. To be a true minimalist, practice what you’ve read here religiously. What would help you achieve this?
Focus on the benefits attached. When you do, you would find this process less painful, even fun. Think of it: you have more freedom, less stress, less anxiety, clarity of mind, even extra money, to mention a few.
Few decisions in life come with such countless blessings. Do well to practice the practical tips above and watch as you successfully become a minimalist and experience the benefits.