12 Ways to Practice Minimalisim

Minimalism is the practice of simplifying your life for more peace of mind and joy. This is a topic that I’ve found really interesting to explore in my own life and have really seen the benefits at adopting a more simple approach to living, even when it comes to the little things like getting organised and de cluttering my space. Minimalism is a great way to really get perspective on what’s important in your life and reduce the stress and overwhelm of cluttering your life with unnecessary things. So if you’re sick of feeling stressed out and overwhelmed due to large debts, clutter, lack of money, lack of time, poor health and poor quality of relationships, then practicing Minimalism will help you to simplify all areas of your life for greater ease and joy. Here are some tips to get started.

  1. Write a list of the reasons why you want to simplify your life. This might be that you are sick of working such long hours, or you are tired of constant debt and stress about finances, you may feel like your space is too cluttered and you just have way too much stuff or that you don’t have time for quality relationships or doing the things you love etc
  2. Discard Duplicates – Go around the house and collect all the things that you have doubles of and get rid of them. This might be double copies of books, cds, paperwork etc.
  3. Clutter Free Zone – Before you take on the tast of de cluttering your whole house, start with one space, it may be the kitchen bench or your bedside table, but make it a clutter free zone so that you no longer dump ‘stuff’ there anymore.
  4. Travel lightly – A great way to make use of less is by travelling lightley. Simply don’t pack as much as you usually would and see how much easier it is to travel with less.
  5. Sort through your Wardrobe – A great tip for de cluttering your wardrobe is to turn the hanger towards you every time you wear something. After a month go through and pull out all the things that still have a hanger facing the opposite way and decide if you would like to keep it, sell it or give it to charity. If you never wear it and its not sentimental, then move it on.
  6. Cook Double Quantity – Cooking extra makes use of more produce so that you ar getting more out of your groceries before they turn bad and need to be thrown out. It also means that you have left overs most days, if not every second day so that you can save time cooking, washing and cleaning up.
  7. Look at Your expenses – Everyone has different lifestyle choices and requirments, but if you feel you are constantly living beyond your means, maybe its time to reconsider some of your expenses. For example, do you really need more space ie. larger more expensive house, or do you just need less stuff? Do you really need two cars or is public transport an option sometimes? Do you really need to eat out so many times a week? Is buying some of your favourite brand clothes second hand rather than new an option? Is that gym membership that never gets used necessary? Have a look at your expenses and see where you can save. Afterall, if you have less expenses you wont need to work so hard and for so long and therefore you will have more time and money.
  8. Give to Charity – Make a pile of what you dont need/want and then sort that into what you want to sell and what you want to give to charity, this might be clothes, books, toys, kitchenware etc.
  9. Sell Unwanted Goods – If its worth selling then list unwanted goods on places like ebay, gumtree or buy/sell/swap groups online and make some money from goods that don’t get used.
  10. Create a Budget – Creating a budget isn’t about being stingy or missing out on things, it’s about being aware of where your money goes and if possible fixing leaks that may be a contributing factor to financial stress. ie. regular ubers when you could catch a train sometimes etc
  11. Reconsider Your Space – How much space do you think you need v how much space you actually need? Do you really need a giant house with a giant mortgage (or super expensive rent) that is causing you financial stress and lack of time? Or can you organise your lifestyle and belongings to make a beautiful home in a smaller and more affortable place? This comes back to decluttering.
  12. Prioritise Quality – Minimalism doesn’t mean being frugal or missing it, but rather advocates quality over quantity. If having a beautiful collection of books gives your joy then keep them, if having a lovely wardrobe means less clothes but of a higher quality with longer wear, then surely that is more sustainable than a large wardrobe of cheaper disposable fashion.

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