How to live a minimalist lifestyle
Posted on: 23 November 2018 by Morgan Franklin
Many of us live very cluttered lives, and as we get older, it’s easy to hoard the various items we have collected over time.
Many of us live very cluttered lives, and as we get older, it’s easy to hoard the various items we have collected over time. Even outer space is cluttered with rubbish! Holding onto so much stuff, however, can be detrimental to our wellbeing.
Living a minimalist lifestyle is about reducing the stuff we have around us - but it is more than just throwing out a few items, and doing it properly can have a huge benefit to our lives. Here’s how.
What is a minimalist lifestyle about?
While living in a clutter-free environment is a big part of minimalism, this lifestyle is also about looking at the way you spend your time and adjusting your mentality.
Owning less stuff is of course a large (and important) part of living a minimalist life, as keeping your environment as minimal as possible will help you have a less cluttered mind. A living space with just a few necessary items creates a sense of calm and focus, encouraging positive thought and reducing anxiety and stress.
This philosophy also applies in working spaces, where minimal clutter will allow for increased focus at work.
By living a less cluttered life you will have an increased focus, allowing you to approach tasks with greater intention. Clutter draws you away from the moment, and so removing this from your life can allow you to focus on what really matters.
How to get started
Minimalism is not something you can suddenly convert to overnight, it takes time to plan and experiment with before finding an approach that works for you. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get started, by taking a few key steps in the right direction.
While it may be tempting to go through your house and throw away everything, this is not a sustainable way to change your lifestyle. A more effective approach is to start by getting rid of duplicates.
Walk through your house with a box, and add duplicate items (e.g. if you have two sets of placemats, two tablecloths, etc). Once you’ve done this, put the box somewhere out of sight for 30 days. If you don’t need anything from the box - or even better, of you’ve forgotten what’s in it - then donate it.
Another good starting point is to create a small clutter-free zone. Begin with a countertop or work surface in your kitchen, or a coffee table, and see how you feel about that space. If you enjoy the clutter-free zone you have created, then you can slowly expand the zone each day. Eventually, try to build towards a clutter-free room, and eventually a minimalist home.
Living a minimalist lifestyle can be a great way to declutter our homes and our minds, allowing us to focus on what’s truly important as we get older.