3 Things to Remember Before You Try Minimalism

Minimalism is a lifestyle movement for people who want to simplify their lives and be intentional with their possessions. A minimalist may only own 100 items, or they may not keep count of their possessions but choose to only buy items that add intrinsic value to their lives. Like with anything, there’s a spectrum of what a minimalist may look like, but the common desire among them is to own less stuff and experience simplicity. By becoming minimalists, they free up their finances and living space from the influence of a consumeristic culture. 

Minimalism has become a trend recently and many people try it out hoping to relieve stress and add fulfillment to their lives. While minimalism is a great tool and can truly help simplify your life, it’s not necessarily a quick fix for your problems or a speedy process. If you’re thinking about introducing minimalism into your life, here are three things to think about as you start your journey. 

1. Keep your goals in mind.

Throwing away your belongings at random won’t solve all your problems, so it’s important to know what you’re looking to get out of the experience before you dive in. Are you hoping that a decluttered house will help calm your mind and create some focus? Do you just like the minimalistic look for purely aesthetic reasons? Are you hoping to cut back on materialism and create less waste with the purchases you bring into your home? Whatever your goal is, spends some time getting clear on your intentions for this lifestyle change and remember that minimalism isn’t just about the stuff you own. It’s also about your internal life and desires. 

2. You need an ongoing system for managing the mess.

Unfortunately, minimalism isn’t a one and done exercise. More than likely, you’ll continue to bring stuff into your life – not because you failed at minimalism, but because you’ll need things over time, or you’ll want to make an intentional purchase on something you know you’ll love. Buying things is normal, but if you want to keep the number of items you own to a minimum, you must create a system to handle the new purchases that come into your home. Whether that means only buying necessities or giving away one thing for each new thing you buy, it is essential to create a go-to plan so your possessions don’t pile up around your living space again

3. Being okay with less is a process.

It’ll take some giving used to. Even if you goal is only to declutter your house, it can be disorienting to look up and realize how many items you’ve given away or discarded. You may feel light, like a burden has been lifted, or you may feel sad and lost. You may grieve the material things you’ve given up or lost. No matter what, it’s important to remember that any lifestyle change, including minimalism, is a process. There’s no right or wrong emotional response to the experience. Let yourself feel those emotions, and keep in mind why you’re beginning this journey in the first place. 

Minimalism can simplify your life, create less waste for our planet, and declutter your space so that it’s enjoyable to come home to, along with many other benefits. No matter what your reason is for pursing a minimalist lifestyle, remember to set your intentions, manage the mess, and thrive off the process. Being intentional with your purchases can truly change your perspective on your life.

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