How to be a Minimalist; 5 Easy Ways to Get Started with Minimalism
Is simplifying your life good, but you want to move onto great? If so, learning how to be a minimalist should be your next step!
You see, it can be difficult to identify what is keeping you from living as simply as you wish, but with my help, you can get there!
What is minimalism?
Before we dive into the how of being a minimalist, it is important to know the what and why of choosing this lifestyle.
Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps you remove distractions so that you can live your best life.
This includes decluttering your physical, digital, and mental spaces so that you can focus on what is truly important to you.
Why should you want to become a minimalist?
If you’re tired of living a life that isn’t in alignment with your dream life, minimalism is a great lifestyle to help you make your dream life a reality.
It isn’t about deprivation, but rather being honest with yourself about what is truly important to you and creating more space for those things.
Minimalism is living with great intention and purpose, while also putting more value within yourself versus external things.
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How to begin living a minimalist lifestyle
Now that you know what minimalism is and why you should pursue it, let’s talk about the steps to living a minimalist lifestyle.
After I walk you through these steps, I’ll give you five easy places to get started with being more minimal that will help motivate you to really declutter your life!
Are you ready to learn how to be a minimalist?
1 // Establish why it is important to you
Why do you want to live a minimalist lifestyle? Why is it important to you?
Ask yourself WHY seven times to really figure out why this lifestyle is important to you. The reason for this is because the first several answers are surface-level responses that won’t help you when things get a little difficult.
Dig deep and really figure out WHY this is important.
2 // Envision what your life would be like living a minimalist lifestyle
Take some time to envision what living a minimalist lifestyle looks like for you.
Is it decluttering just the excess and creating a home for everything? Is it fitting all of the things you own into a backpack?
What do you want minimalism to look like for you?
The more clear you get with envisioning what you want it to look like, the easier it is to achieve it. So get crystal clear on what you want!
3 // Challenge your ability to minimize your possessions
It can be scary to declutter, so do different challenges to test your abilities. See what you do and don’t like about living so minimal.
Here are a few ideas for you:
- Keep nothing on your countertops
- Try different capsule wardrobes
- Minimalist makeup collection
- Simple meals [few ingredients]
- No spend challenge
There are many different things you can try, so get creative!
4 // Establish rules to follow to help you become more mindful
When you establish rules [or guidelines] to follow, your mindset can shift easier from where you are now to where you want to be.
A few rules I set in place when I started my journey looked a little like this:
- Think about a purchase for a minimum of 24 hours. The more expensive the item, the longer I allowed.
- For every item I bring in, I must take something out of my home.
- Be completely honest and go with my gut feeling when decluttering things.
These were what I called my “baby rules” because I was just getting started and didn’t know what to expect.
Over time, I created more rules to follow and that helped me continue aligning with the person I am becoming.
My advice is to go easy on yourself in the beginning. Make sure you push yourself out of your comfort zone, but don’t be hard on yourself. It doesn’t serve you and only holds you back from moving towards your dream life.
5 // Evaluate and declutter what you don’t need
Decluttering isn’t a one and done thing. As you learn more and more about what minimalism has to offer, your ideas of what is necessary evolves.
Evaluate what you do and don’t need consistently.
I actually have a monthly checklist for decluttering your home in my FREE Resource Library that can help. Each month has different areas for you to focus on decluttering so you don’t have to wonder what area to declutter.
In addition to going through your things, you need to make sure you’re asking the right decluttering questions. Here are a few I recommend:
- When was the last time I used/wore this item?
- Do I find this item efficient/useful/beautiful?
- If I declutter this item, will I need to repurchase it in 3-6 months and is it worth the reinvestment?
- Am I keeping this item solely due to guilt?
- Why do I have this item?
Be honest with your responses and you’ll get through the decluttering process much quicker!
6 // Be honest with yourself
You want to learn how to be a minimalist. Well, friend, the best way to do that is to always be honest with yourself.
Trust your gut instinct and do what helps you move closer to your dream life.
Don’t worry what other people think about you, because it isn’t any of your business. All that matters is what you think of yourself.
5 Areas to begin living a minimalist lifestyle
Now that you know the what, why, and how, let’s talk about where to begin living a minimalist lifestyle that is easy to do right now!
1 // Clean out your purse and wallet
Take everything out of your purse. Toss what is not needed, such as old receipts. Analyze what is left, and decide what deserves a space in your purse.
Put these things back in your purse organized so that you know exactly where each thing is. Do not allow your purse to become the black whole it likes to be!
Declutter your purse weekly to ensure it stays as minimal as possible. It also helps to carry a smaller purse, because it forces you to be more mindful of the space you have for your things.
2 // Clean out your car
If it is not a duster, car insurance or registration ticket, or owners manual; remove it. Once everything is removed, wipe down the inside of the car.
If there are certain things you need to put back in place, such as a car organizer or car seat, do that now. Everything else goes back inside the home where it belongs.
Declutter your car each time you get home. By removing trash, paperwork, mail, or anything else that doesn’t belong, you’re keeping your car a clutter-free zone.
This effort will spill over into other areas of your life, which makes it even easier to become a minimalist.
3 // Clear off all counter tops & only add back what is necessary
Take everything off your counter tops and clean them. Replace what you have to keep on your counter tops, such as a microwave or coffee maker.
Sort through everything that remains and make decisions on what to do with it. You do not need decorations on your counter tops, as this will only encourage clutter.
Go to bed every night with clean counter tops in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and anywhere else there is a horizontal surface. You’ll sleep better, I promise!
4 // Minimalist cleaning spree
Allow yourself 30 minutes to go through each room and grab everything that does not belong and return to its designated home.
It is the key to keeping your home as clutter-free as possible!
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5 // Sort through your mail pile
Yes, I can see into your home, and yes I can see your mail is piling up in a beautiful unorganized pile! [I used to be the same way!]
Sort into two stacks: important mail and junk mail. Recycle the junk mail, and deal with the important mail accordingly.
Do this daily and your mail pile will be completely manageable. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to pay a bill, because you’ll be on top of things!
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Getting started with minimalism is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s helped me align with focusing on my dream life and helping others do the same.
I cannot wait to hear how your journey goes with getting started and living more minimally. Remember to give yourself grace, be honest with yourself, and most importantly, enjoy the journey!
This is a marathon with an ever evolving destination, so take your time.
Challenge yourself and see all the different ways you can be a minimalist that you didn’t think were possible.
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