A Beginner’s Guide to Living the Minimalist Lifestyle
If you’ve heard the term at least once, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard it associated with architecture and interior design, where having only the barest of arrangements can truly be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
But minimalism as a concept is applicable not just to design – it also works on a person’s outlook and lifestyle.
Why Go Minimalist?
Minimalism is a tool that lets you strip away the excess things that don’t bring value to your life, allowing yourself to focus on the things that you think are the most important or happen to enjoy the most.
This is great not just for getting rid of the physical things in your room or home that you don’t need anymore. If you find that your life is currently too full of things that are holding you back, then minimalism is definitely for you.
Getting Started on Minimalism
Minimalism is a great way to cut down on the things in your life that you find are simply taking up space without doing anything, and leaves you with room for the things you really need or enjoy having. Here are a few steps on how you can get started:
- Give yourself a clear, personal goal. What does minimalism mean for you? What do you want to achieve with it? Focus on what you’re really passionate about doing, and write down the steps you can take to achieve your goals.
- Use the 90-90 rule. Take a look at a particular item you own. Have you used it in the last 90 days? Will you be using it in the next 90? If your answer to either question is no, you won’t miss it too much.
- Start re-using. You can really start cutting down on spending when you start re-using or repairing things instead of throwing them away. By finding ways to use what you already have, you don’t have to keep buying new things all the time.
- Invest in things that don’t break or wear down easily. Things that don’t break or wear down easily is where minimalism can be initially expensive, but they can definitely be worth the investment.
- Learn to live with less. You don’t have to jump right into a minimalist lifestyle all at once, but you do have to learn how to be content with the things you already have. You may have to give yourself a week or two to get used to it.
- Give yourself room for error. This is the most important – everyone makes mistakes, and minimalism is an ongoing process. When you do, remember why you’re doing this in the first place, take a deep breath, and try again.