Minimalism & How You Can Achieve A Minimalistic Lifestyle
Minimalism is a lifestyle that I’m learning to adapt to each and every day. The more I learn about minimalism, the more I love it. I recently had spring cleaning fever and cleaned out our entire house of the stuff that we haven’t used in quite some time and all the junk that’s just been sitting around.
Let me tell you, donating all that junk (literally an entire car full) is such a freeing experience! I would recommend that everyone do this at least once a year (I do it twice) to just recenter yourself on what’s important in your life and get rid of the things that don’t serve you anymore.
So, minimalism is a scary topic for a lot of people, but you don’t have to take it to major extremes. Just whatever level is comfortable to you, just work to getting to that level.
If your level is living in a 400 square foot studio apartment with only the bare necessities – awesome! If your level is only having a capsule wardrobe, that’s awesome too!
Seriously, whatever level you are more comfortable with is how far you need to take it. I found that the more I was getting into minimalism, the more I wanted to get rid of things and live a minimalistic lifestyle. Are you unsure on where to get started on living a minimal lifestyle? These are the first steps you need to know to get you well on your way to not serving your stuff anymore!
Downsize your stuff
I’ve written a couple of posts about this, obviously you can tell that I’m all about minimizing my life. When it comes to stuff around the house, to DIYing your own products, to a capsule wardrobe. Downsizing your stuff will help you see what you actually need and don’t need when it comes to space. Maybe you’ll see that you really only need a small two bedroom home instead of a 4 bedroom house.
Figure out how to be as sustainable as possible
Minimalism has a lot to do with simplifying your life, but it also has to do with creating a better carbon footprint.There are lots of things that you can do to be sustainable. DIYing your own products is one of them, buying sustainable products for around the house, recycling, etc.
Don’t Buy into Buying Stuff
Our society is fascinated with consumerism. If it’s cheap and on sale, it’s bought. Which really blows my mind. This is a recent addiction that started in the last 50 years or so. If you stop and think about what you really need, I think you’ll realize that you don’t need everything in that dollar section in Target (guilty as charged!). Be more aware of what you’re buying and buy products that will last quite some time.
Stop Relying on Stuff To Make You Happy
I see our society really leaning into this concept, and frankly, it’s quite sad. I’ve watched couples in the midst of divorce try and buy the other person back instead of trying to get to know that person again. Buying stuff is easy, but it’s the “getting rid of” part that’s hard. Stop buying stuff to fill that void within you. Instead, try to spend more time with loved ones, be out in nature more, do things that make you happy (as long as shopping isn’t one of them!).
Minimalism isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of dedication, determination, and drive in order to lead a life that consists of the bare minimum. I’m not saying I know all the answers, because I’m still trying to get down to the bare bones myself. But, each and every step that I’ve taken towards a more minimalistic lifestyle, the more I can say that it feels like a load has been lifted off of me.
Feel free to ask me any questions along your own journey into your minimalistic lifestyle – comment below with where you’re at in your journey now!