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. For 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.
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
Madeleine Olivia 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.
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Have an amazing day,