INSIDE: There are no set rules about how to become a minimalist. The freedom to define it for yourself can feel overwhelming. Here are five places to start to bring minimalism to your life.
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Minimalism at its core directs us to simplify certain areas of our life by intentionally removing the distractions of surplus possessions and focusing only on the things that matter to us the most. It is about assessing what’s important to us and removing everything that distracts us from concentrating on it.
When I think about teaching my family about minimalism, I always think to myself...
The beauty of minimalism is that there are no right or wrong ways to go about it because it looks different for everybody. There are no predefined rules to be followed.
But, if you’re overwhelmed with all the minimal living information out there, trying to figure out how you can get started can feel like a challenge.
5 Easy Ways To Bring Minimalism To Your Life
Here are five super easy ways to apply minimalism to different areas of your life.
1. Simplify your life by prioritizing what’s important to you.
It’s easy to get entangled in the daily hustle and feel busy all the time. It is essential to remind yourself every day to shift your focus toward the things that matter to you most in life.
Practice working on being flexible and reduce (or even better remove!) everything on your "should do" list that doesn’t resonate with your true priorities.
Be mindful, and invest your valuable time and energy in things or activities that are actually important to you. And remember...
2. Become a minimalist in your mind.
Wait, mind? Yes! We’re talking about applying minimalism to each and every aspect of your life, so we cannot leave out your mind. Minimalism starts by decluttering your thoughts. Meditation is a great way to experience the benefits of a decluttered space. When you feel the peace that a clear mind gives you, you'll want to start clearing other parts of your life as well.
"I meditate so that my mind cannot complicate my life."
If you're new to meditation, we highly recommend the free meditation app Headspace for getting started.
3. Take a minimalist approach to technology.
Don’t let distractions rule your precious time on this planet. Mindfulness starts with little moments throughout your day. Many of us find ourselves addicted to our smartphones. I'm sure you know the feeling.
"You respond to notifications and find yourself swiping through apps, mindlessly tapping, and typing having no intention or goal, just opening them out of habit. Anxiety sets in. Time is lost. You wonder what just happened."
If this sounds like you, consider some of these tricks for breaking your technology attachment.
4. Live your life decluttered — in your home and heart.
Clutter around your house and workspace can elevate your stress levels and lead to anxiety. Removing clutter, removes stress and less stress means more peace. Who doesn't want that?
When you declutter your home, you'll be amazed at how much more time you have in your day. Less stuff, means less dusting and less organizing. It means spending more time doing things you actually want like, pursuing your hobbies or being with the people you love?
If you’ve been feeling weighed down by the chaos of life and all you own.
If you’d like to live more purposefully.
If you’d like to own less and live more.
It's time to get uncluttered.
5. Learn how to say no to excess and to let go of things you no longer need.
Once you have decluttered your mind, your living spaces, and your schedule, don't let the clutter build back up. Continue practicing letting go with each new purchase decision, invitation, and negative thought. Let go of the things that are dragging you down or distracting you from your ultimate goal. It could be anything, an unused item, a toxic relationship, or an ideology of life that isn’t working for you.
Minimalism is all about reducing unneeded things from your life, and as no two individuals are the same, there can’t be any definition of what you can reduce to be called minimalist.
So the best thing to do is to assess your life at constant intervals and regularly let go of things that no longer resonate with your values and priorities.
Last of all, don’t be hard on yourself, start small, learn from your mistakes, and be consistent. You've got this, my friend.
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