You did it.
You finally followed through on your New Year’s resolution to go minimal.
Your inner minimalist is jumping for joy and you’re celebrating, too.
However, there are still a few steps that you might want to consider to get closer to your goals.
So what are these steps?
In this article, I’ll take you through the 10 easy steps to minimalism.
If you have thought of becoming a minimalist in the past but something has always stopped you;
Maybe this article will convince you to start today.
Let’s get right into it!
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism is the art of eliminating the excess in your life.
It sounds simple.
Bring clutter down to nothing and enjoy a more productive, meaningful life.
But in reality, it’s quite complex because most people don’t know where to start and when they do get started, they feel like something has been taken away from them.
Minimalism is a lifestyle that encourages you to get rid of the things that don’t matter in your life so that you can focus on what does.
The idea is that less clutter in our lives helps us feel more relaxed, peaceful, and able to focus on the things we truly care about.
The word minimalism has a few different meanings.
It can refer to art or music, or it can even be used as a qualifier like in minimalistic language.
More commonly, however, it is prefixed with the concept of people who choose to remove all of the unnecessary things from their life and live with only the bare minimum stuff they need.
Minimalism is a lifestyle choice that means different things to different people.
For some, it’s about having less stuff, for others it’s about intentional living.
At the end of the day, however, it comes down to how small your life can be and still feel complete.
Minimalism is also a lifestyle choice that involves making choices based on what will bring you fulfillment, satisfaction, happiness, and quality time over the things that don’t.
The minimalists are the ones who choose to only fill their life with what they need.
7 Options Where We Can Apply Minimalism
A lot of people are discovering minimalism, and the most frequent question I get is:
“Where can I apply this in my life?”
The answer is almost everything because there are many ways to apply minimalism.
But here are some of the things where you can apply minimalism.
Clothing is one of the most important things in our lives.
It is the way that we express ourselves and how we can show off our personality.
The problem with clothing is that it can be very expensive and it can cost a lot of money to buy new clothes every season.
This is why it is important for people who want to be minimalists to get rid of their unnecessary clothing so they do not have to spend too much money on clothes each year.
The 1st option is to minimize the number of people we have in our lives who don’t add any real value.
It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that the more people you have around, the happier you will be.
But if you’re surrounded by people who don’t add any real value to your life and make it harder for you to achieve your goals;
Then it’s time to cut them out of your life as a practice of better self-care.
You don’t need many friends; just a few close ones that are willing to support you no matter what happens in life.”
If you’re like me, then decorating your home is one of your favorite things to do.
I’m sure that’s true for many people, as well.
But we often forget about the concept of minimalism when it comes to our homes.
But what if it were possible to create a space that was both beautiful and minimal?
That would be ideal, right?
It’s not too difficult to do!
You also need to consider how much light there is in each room because this will help determine which colors go well together according to their shades and values.
You’ll also want to make sure there’s enough natural light coming through windows so that everything feels brighter without needing any artificial lighting at all!
When it comes to grocery shopping, we tend to buy food items in bulk, which means we can have more than enough for the whole month.
But what if we only need them for a few days?
Do you think there’s a way we can avoid buying more than what we actually need?
Yes, there is!
You can start by planning your meals ahead of time and making a list of the things that you’ll need for each meal, so when you go grocery shopping, you’ll know exactly what to get and how much of it.
This will also help you save money because you won’t be buying more than what you need.
Another way to apply minimalism in groceries is by buying products that last longer or are more durable.
For example, instead of buying fresh fruits every week or two (which tend to go bad fast), try buying frozen fruits instead—they’re cheaper and they last longer than fresh ones.
Another option would be buying canned goods instead of fresh ones since they last longer (and come in different sizes so you don’t have to worry about using all those leftovers at once).
While many books are wonderful resources, there are times when it’s best to keep your reading materials to a minimum.
The good news is that books aren’t the only reading material out there! There are plenty of other options for you to choose from, including:
- Online articles and blog posts
- Newspaper articles and magazines
- Magazines and journals (magazines can be particularly helpful for those who have trouble focusing)
Email is one of the most common places where we can apply minimalism.
This is because it is one of the most cluttered and unorganized areas that we use on a daily basis, and it causes us to waste time.
There are many different ways to apply minimalism to your email, and the best way to do this is by unsubscribing from all of your unwanted emails.
You should also get rid of any old emails that you have saved in your inbox, as well as any old emails that are related to your work.
If you want to be able to apply minimalism properly, then you need to make sure that you are always deleting every single email before you send it out into cyberspace.
If you’re a minimalist, you probably already know that Facebook is not the place for you.
If you’re not a minimalist, but want to be one, then you should know this too.
Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family from far away, but it’s also an easy way to get sucked into a black hole of drama and political posts.
This isn’t just about unfriending people who post about politics;
Though if they’re causing you stress or drama, that’s definitely something worth considering!
It’s also about taking control of your time and attention by removing yourself from the stream altogether.
We could all use a good declutter, and it’s no different on social media.
Take a look at your friends list, and see if there are any folks you don’t really know that well or people you don’t talk to anymore.
10 Easy Steps To Minimalism
How do you start living the minimalist lifestyle?
Well before you throw everything out and give away your credit cards, there is a step-by-step process that will get you where you want to go.
Think about what you want to achieve.
You might be looking for a way to declutter your home, or maybe you’re just trying to get started with minimalism.
Either way, it’s important to know what your goals are before you start.
If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you know when you’ve arrived?
Once you have an idea of where you want to end up, it’s time for step 2!
If you’re new to the minimalism game, there’s no need to go all-in right away.
Start by picking one or two areas in your life that you want to declutter.
Maybe it’s your closet or your desk—whatever it is, choose something that will be fairly easy for you to tackle and make sure that it’s an area that’s important to you.
When you’re ready to take the next step, take a look around at what’s in that area and ask yourself:
“Do I need this?”
If the answer is no, get rid of it!
Don’t worry about what other people think—it’s just stuff.
You don’t need it and they don’t either!
Once you’ve gotten rid of some stuff from your first area of focus, move on to another one!
It doesn’t matter how big or small the area is—just keep working at it until every single item in your life has been evaluated for its usefulness (or lack thereof).
Set a date for your decluttering.
You’ve got to set a date and stick to it!
You can’t just do this whenever you feel like it.
You need to make a commitment and stick to it, even if you’re not feeling ready yet.
It’ll be easier than you think, I promise!
You’ll feel more motivated to begin if you have something on the calendar, and you’ll be more likely to stay on track with your organizing efforts.
Take it room by room, or area by area.
You can’t organize your home all at once, so start with one room or area of your house.
Take everything out of that room and pile it in the middle of the floor or in a corner.
Look at the items you have collected over time and ask yourself if they truly bring you joy.
If not, get rid of them!
Once you have decluttered your first area, take a step back and look at how much space is left in this room.
Do you have enough space to store what remains?
If not, consider getting rid of some of these things as well so that they are not overflowing into other rooms.
If there’s anything left over after this process, move on to another room or area until every inch of your home has been decluttered!
Go through your wardrobe.
You’ll be surprised at how many clothes you don’t even remember owning!
You may have purchased them on impulse, as a gift, or because they were on sale.
Or maybe you bought them because they were cheap and you knew they wouldn’t last long anyway.
That’s all well and good, but what happens when you’ve worn those clothes only once (or not even that) and it’s time to get rid of them?
It’s time to donate those clothes to charity or sell them in a garage sale;
That way they can go on to serve someone who can make better use of them than you ever could.
Minimalism isn’t about hoarding stuff;
It’s about making space for things that really matter!
Decide what to keep, chuck, and donate.
You have to make the decision of what you want to keep, chuck, and donate.
This is a hard part because it requires a lot of thinking and planning, but this is where all the other steps will lead up to.
So do not rush this step if you want to be successful in becoming a minimalist!
It can be overwhelming if you’re not sure where to start with decluttering your home or office space.
The first thing I recommend is taking some time to think about what exactly makes up your current possessions and how much value each item has for you.
You might also want to consider any sentimental value each item holds for yourself or others close to you.
Write down a list of things that fall into each category:
- Items that have no value (e.g., broken items),
- things that need repair,
- items that are useful but don’t bring you joy when used (e.g., old clothes, kitchen utensils),
- items that are beautiful but rarely used (e.g., art prints),
- things that bring back fond memories (e.g., childhood toys).
Embrace the empty space.
It’s hard to get started with minimalism if you’re not used to having less stuff.
But once you get into the groove of it, you’ll find that there’s not much left to do.
It’s not like you have to buy a bunch of new stuff before you can begin your journey.
The very first step is already done: You’ve accepted that you have too much stuff and need to simplify.
The next step is embracing the things that are left behind.
So many people want to get rid of their stuff and never look back, but they don’t want anything else around them either!
That’s why they go out and buy more things, trying to fill up all that empty space in their lives.
But this isn’t what minimalism is about—it’s about making room for only what makes you happy and leaving behind everything else.
So when you start getting rid of things, embrace the emptiness as well!
Find the right storage solutions for the things you keep.
Finding the right storage solutions for the things you keep can be a great way to declutter.
You don’t have to throw away everything, just make sure that your stuff is organized and easy to find.
If you’re going to get rid of things you don’t need, then you have to make sure that the stuff you do keep has a place to live.
That way, when it’s time to unpack for your next trip away from home, you’ll have an easy time finding what you need and putting it back where it belongs.
Some good options for storing items include:
– drawer organizers
– cabinet organizers
– lazy susan turntables (for smaller items)
– plastic storage bins with labels on them
Try going paperless and online as much as possible.
If you’re looking to declutter your life, try going paperless and online as much as possible.
Minimalism is all about living with less stuff, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with it.
The internet has opened up a whole new world of creativity, community, and learning.
You can join a book club or gaming group online, find your favorite podcast on YouTube or download your favorite TV show from Hulu or Amazon Prime Video.
There are so many ways to connect with other people and learn new things without having to deal with the clutter of physical books and magazines!
Keep it up.
You’re doing a great job!
You’re already taking one step closer every time you make a decision about what needs to go and what deserves to stay in your life.
Minimalism is a lifestyle that values simplicity, efficiency, and freedom.
It’s about knowing what you want out of life and chasing after it, without letting other things get in the way.
The idea is to live a meaningful life, not one full of clutter and stuff.
Keep it up!
You’re almost there.
One Of The Best Place To Practice Minimalism Is Through Your Wardrobe.
One of the best places to practice minimalism is through your wardrobe.
In fact, it can be a great way to start getting rid of all those things you don’t use or need.
In the past few years, capsule wardrobes have become a popular trend in fashion and style.
And for good reason: they’re easy to create and maintain, and they help you stay on-trend without having to spend tons of money.
If you’re looking for a new way to streamline your closet and get organized, here’s our ultimate guide on how to create a capsule wardrobe!