How To Be A Minimalist
So you are interested in how to be a minimalist. What does that even mean? I would suggest that it means different things to different people. For some it would involve getting rid of most of their material possessions. For others it may be more about just slowing down the pace of their life so that they have more time to enjoy living.
The idea of reducing consumption has been given a variety of terms including simple living, life hacking, and minimalist living. Like all movements, there are varying degrees of intensity. (Contrary to what you might envision, minimalist living does not mean sitting a furniture-less room, or a life of dumpster diving to score goods for free—although, it can).
Maybe you just feel stuck with the path that your life is currently on and you just know that there has to be a better way to live.
Enter minimalist living.
Chances are that if you have been feeling this way for a while you may have already taken some steps in the direction of how to be a minimalist.
You have been spending less money or you have started to get rid of some of the material possessions that you no longer need.
What are some other actions you can take to become a minimalist.
- Realize that minimalist living is not a destination. It is a journey. It is a mindset. You know that there is a better way to live than what society brainwashes us into believing, which is spend, spend, spend. Buy a bunch of useless stuff and then wonder why we are in debt. You have seen the light. Congratulations.
- Anytime the lure of spending money creeps up(and it will-advertising is everywhere!) ask yourself, Why do I want this particular item? Do I really need it? Wait a few days to see how you feel.
- Start small. Remember you don’t have to declutter your whole house over night. If it is decluttering you are interested in, try getting rid of one item per day for thirty days. Challenge everyone in your family to do the same thing. You will be amazed at the results of this simple action and how it will help in how to be a minimalist.
- Make a list of all household expenses.. Are there areas of your spending where you can cut back. The average persons spends 3 hours a day watching television. Add in surfing the internet and that is a large chunk of time that is pretty much wasted. Could you go without television for a month? Try it. These are just habits and we can form new habits like walking or reading.
- Spend 10 minutes per day decluttering. You can do a lot in ten minutes. again you have to cultivate this habit. Concentrate on one room/one area at a time.
There are many more ways on the path of how to be a minimalist. As you gradually begin to see the benefits of minimalist living, you will tend to see its importance even more and be more motivated. This way you are going to be more comfortable with the thoughts of getting rid of the items in your life that have no benefits for you.
How to be a minimalist. What are other ways to live a minimalist lifestyle that you can share in the comments?