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Minimalism For Beginners – How To Get Started

June 16, 2018

Have you been thinking about starting your own minimalism journey? Or have you already started embracing a minimalist lifestyle just to soon discover how overwhelming it is to part ways with the things you’ve had for a long time? If you find yourself struggling with ”being a minimalist” in any way, get yourself a cup of joe and stick around for a while.


1. Understand what minimalism is.

”I’ve learned that minimalism is not about what you own, it’s about why you own it.” – Brian Gardner

A lot of people perceive minimalists as people who own only a few shirts, one pair of shoes and still somehow manage to switch through all seasons. Minimalism is much more than stuff and I apply it in all areas of my life. ForΒ me, minimalism means bringing value into your life. If you have 5 shirts because you only really enjoy wearing those or you have 15 of them because you’re interested in fashion and see it as a way of expressing yourself and your creativity, both cases are minimalist in my opinion.

As long as each and every thing you own provides you value, and as long as each and every person you surround yourself with (online and in real life) is making you feel good – you are on the right path. Of course, this is only my point of view. But that’s the thing about minimalism – you can create your own definition.

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2. Why do you want to be a minimalist?

Is it because you’re starting to realize that even though you have a closet full of clothes, you’re still switching between your few favorite outfits? Or do you find yourself wasting your time perpetually organizing and cleaning, and wasting your money on boxes and drawers to make organizing things easier? Whatever the reason may be, finding the answer as to why do you want to start your minimalist lifestyle is going to help you when you start your decluttering process and you start to question whether or not you should part ways with that shirt your mum bought you a few years ago and you don’t even like it, but… your mum bought it…

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3. Start decluttering.

Just start getting rid of things you don’t find valuable, simple as that. Take small steps. Even getting rid of 1 thing every day will help you build momentum and lead to great results. Or get rid of a bunch of things all at once, whatever makes you feel good. The key is to start. There are tons of tips specifically for decluttering so I won’t get into details about that in this post, I’ll just name a few (extremely aesthetically pleasing) YouTube channels that have helped me immensely when I was starting my own minimalist journey.
Rachel Aust and her minimalism series
MuchelleB and her life-changing ”30 days to simplify your life” challenge
Jenny Mustard and heaps of her minimalism videos for your binging pleasure

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4. What if you live with a non – minimalist?

”Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like” – Will Rogers

Sometimes it can be frustrating if, on one hand, we are falling in love with minimalist lifestyle and we’re doing so great but, on the other hand, a person we live with is constantly buying new things which they (from our perspective) don’t need. And that way it may seem that they are cluttering our space as well. Don’t stress about their journey. Focus on your own journey and lead by example. Don’t judge others if they are not at the same point in life as you are. Accept them and enjoy your differences.

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5. Make a minimalist lifestyle fun.

Tomorrow for this week’s newsletter I’m bringing you 7-day minimalism challenge so make sure to subscribe HERE. Throughout the next week each day we’re going to focus on a different area to declutter, so don’t miss out.
Minimalism is a journey. We constantly buy new things and our relationships change, so don’t think of it as a one-time destination that you’ll reach and that’s going to be it. Think of it as something that you can improve each time while seeing yourself growing as a person. You can see how things that once meant a lot to you, now just don’t hold the same value. And yes, that’s okay.

Check out myΒ ”100 Steps Closer”Β eBook filled with motivational quotes, affirmations, journal prompts and action steps to get you 100 steps closer to the life you want.

Have an amazing day,

I.

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  1. Hi! I am now gradually transitioning to a minimalist lifestyle. I don’t buy things that I don’t need or that I know I won’t be using. I take a huge deal of time when I go for shopping; wear the clothes, and ask myself, is this me? Because previously I used to buy clothes that were pretty and even looked good on me, but I never wore them because they just were not my style. Stupid, I know. I buy things that make me happy, but I make sure that I use them. Minimalist living actually helps save a lot of money. So anyone trying to save money…this is for you. πŸ™‚

    1. That’s so great to hear πŸ˜€ I love your approach to buying new clothes! ”Is this me?” is such a great question. I agree that we often buy clothes and only later realize that it’s just not for us.

  2. I am gradually on my way to embracing my minimalist lifestyle. In the past year or so, we have been trying to pare down our possessions whenever we think about it. For instance, when I can see what outfits to wear easily, I know that I need to clear out the closet by at least a third. We have moved on to the kitchen cabinets and to the pantry. I am hoping to help de-stress by clearing away all unnecessary clutter and possessions. Thanks for reminding me of our long-term mission.

  3. I would love to try living the minimalist lifestyle. My biggest struggle is to decluttering things that I thought still needed in my life XD I guess my habits is to keep holding on to things that are no longer necessary. Thanks for the tips!! <3

    1. You could put all those things into one ”maybe” pile and give yourself a deadline for them. For instance, if you don’t use them in the next 2 months – get rid of them πŸ™‚

    1. No need to worry about that, focus on your own things πŸ™‚ Maybe he’ll eventually feel inspired by your approach and decide to join you πŸ™‚

    1. Taking small steps and trying out some minimalism challenges (there are a bunch of fun ones on Pinterest) will make it easier, I believe πŸ™‚

  4. I love this topic, because I feel like I have been living a life of excess, especially since I have a million things I want to sale or donate and just haven’t had the chance. You’ve inspired me to start sorting things out and make more room. I think adapting to a minimalist lifestyle would make my mind feel less cluttered along with my house! πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, I’m so glad this has inspired you πŸ˜€ Yes, it’s so beneficial both for your mind and environment. Selling and donating is a great idea, I just sold a bunch of clothes online so it’s great way to earn some extra money as well πŸ™‚

  5. Such a great idea in defining what minamilism is, somthing i’m trying to implement into my life, thanks for sharing!

  6. I’ve started minimalism not too long ago and decluttering was the hardest part but now that’s done I am far happier just having the most important items in my life.

  7. This is a perfect sum up of what minimalism is! I’ve been slowly working on my definition and have been continually minimizing different aspects of my life.

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