Have you ever wondered what makes people decide to start living a minimalist lifestyle? Do they wake up one day and start getting rid of their stuff? H
What is minimalist living?
Some people believe minimalist living is owning a certain amount of objects, some people think minimalism is keeping just enough items to fit in a backpack and travel the world unhindered by possessions. Some people believe minimalism is only keeping things that spark joy. For me, minimalism is living a simple life and living with fewer possessions than the average person in Britain or America.
Minimalism is knowing that you already have what you need and not wanting or needing to buy more stuff.
Being a minimalist creates a feeling of peace and calm from fewer possessions than a house full of clutter. It’s the feeling of freedom that living a simple life
Minimalism is living a simple life with spending very little money.
There are many different opinions on minimalism. Just ask any minimalist. They’ll all tell you something different!
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How I Started My Minimalist Journey.
Before I started my minimalist journey, there was no guide to minimalism, no simple living blogs, or minimalist blogs. Minimalism wasn’t something that people talked about. We had just emerged out of the 1980s, which was the yuppie era, full of excess and greed.
As a beginner minimalist, I stumbled around the concept of minimalism without knowing it was even a thing.
As a child, I enjoyed empty spaces, rolling fields, and order. We lived way out in the countryside in the Lincolnshire Fens, where it was flat and empty. I loved the freedom of the open spaces and the complete lack of buildings.
My mum is a highly organized person, so our family home was always immaculately clean, tidy, and organized. I thrived in this simply uncomplicated, clutter-free environment.
If I lived on my own, I’d have very few possessions, no television, and a very tidy house.
But I don’t live on my own, and as I can’t get rid of everyone else’s possessions, I have to find a way to co-exist with their “stuff” and continue in my quest of living with less stuff.
My spouse is a borderline hoarder who keeps boxes from phones he no longer owns!
I, too, battled for years to contain my “stuff.” I would shove it all in drawers, cupboards, and the garage.
My house would be serene-looking on the surface, but everywhere else was a tangled mess of chaos, and I struggled to find the motivation to declutter at times.
While browsing for a new read, I stumbled across a minimalist book that put me on a journey to simplifying my life.
It immediately changed my attitude to shopping and clutter; it gave me a plan, a way to achieve the “click point” in my life that I’d yearned for from my childhood, where I could actively live with less.
The best guides to minimalism
The author Marie Kondo lives in a small traditional Japanese apartment with very little storage, and from a very young age, has been fantastically organized. She talks about her struggle to contain other people’s stuff and how she overcame the urge to throw other people’s stuff away.
She explains how to simplify every area of your life, step by step through all the categories, in a practical, methodical manner guaranteed to have you staying clutter-free for good! It’s the perfect guide for minimal living!
A guide to minimalism.
I started decluttering clothes and minimized my wardrobe into Seven Key Pieces. This enabled me to create a Minimal Wardrobe. I then added some color which enabled me to create stylish outfits with fewer clothes. It helped me stop buying more stuff, and I even managed to save money!
I slowly worked my way through the book’s categories, decluttering as I went, and I only kept things I truly loved and cherished.
In that order.
Following the advice given in the book, I began to realize how and why I’d been shopping for things I didn’t need and how I’d been holding onto things due to guilt or misplaced duty.
I felt terrible about the amount of money I spent on useless possessions which were now going to be donated, money which we could have used for holidays or savings!
I worked my way through the kid’s things and decided to keep a minimal amount of toys, and I created a kids capsule wardrobe for them too, so now they play more with fewer toys in a toy rotation, and they have many more matching outfits than they ever did when they had more clothes.
What keeps me motivated to declutter?
The Minimalists are Joshua Fields, Millburn, and Ryan Nicodemus. I love these guys because they had it all, they had a great job, the fancy car, the expensive apartment, and they gave it all up, sold everything, worked as coffee baristas to live a debt-free, minimalist life, and they’ve never looked back! They don’t need to be organized because they’ve got no stuff! They’re really cool guys with a chilled, relaxed take on life.
I particularly enjoy listening to their podcast while driving or doing my chores as it keeps me totally motivated! Click here to check it out; it is, of course, FREE!
Although they are the extreme end of the minimalist scale, they have some fabulous thoughts on debt, buying stuff, and the adverse effect our need for excess things has on our well-being and environment.
This book shows you how to live with less stuff and is a great guide to minimalism and living a minimal life.
Can you be happy living a simple life with less?
- Many children and adults struggle to thrive in a cluttered, chaotic environment. Creating a decluttered and organized environment for your children with fewer toys allows them more space to play. Kids struggle to focus when their environment is overstuffed with toys. When I decluttered my kid’s toys and started a toy rotation system, my kids played together more and had a much deeper imaginative play. They started to want screentime less and less, choosing to play together instead.
- It’s stressful trying to look after and keep up with all the possessions we hang on to out of habit. A lot of people dislike cleaning. However, they stuff their house full of stuff they need to clean! The more stuff you buy, the more stuff you have to clean, the more time you spend looking after your stuff. You can look really stylish with a capsule wardrobe. You can cook a fabulous meal in an organized and decluttered kitchen. You can still read hundreds of books without hoarding books. We spend a lot of time organizing and cleaning our stuff instead of going out and enjoying time with our loved ones.
- A streamlined life enables us to enjoy extra quality time, if you’re not spending your money on useless possessions, you’ve got more money to spend on creating memories, and you are not getting into debt. You’ve created more time, too, as you’ve not got to spend all your time organizing! You could start saving for a holiday, emergency fund or even give it to charity.
One of my favorite books about minimal living is written by Joshua Becker, and you can get it below! He leaves you with plenty to think about and gives you a room-by-room guide to minimalism, living with less stuff, and decluttering.
How to start to declutter.
Here are some decluttering ideas to get you started. Just choose one from the list you think could be manageable and try to focus on it each day.
- Set a timer and do a few minutes a day, stop decluttering when the timer stops, do this every day! If you need some help with motivation to declutter and clean, click here
- Aim to throw away 3 things per day.
- Start decluttering at the door of one room and work your way around the room until you reach the door again, decluttering top to bottom. You can do this at your own pace. It doesn’t need to be done in one day!
- Aim to clear all the floors.
- Aim to clear all your laundry and put it away. For quick and easy laundry tips, read here.
- Clear all the rubbish.
- Get rid of broken toys. starting a toy rotation system can help you stay on top of the toy clutter for good and help your kids play in an organized space
- Get rid of broken gadgets and electricals.
- Don’t buy any more stuff for the house.
- Ask yourself, “Why am I keeping this? Why is it in my house.”
- Get rid of any duplicate items.
- Keep a donation box in the closets for clothes that are too small or toys not played with.
- Take a before photo and an after photo to keep you motivated!
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