5 Minimalism Tips [For Beginners]

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 26, 2016

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I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist expert in the slightest. But I can tell you that I have been focusing on my journey with minimalism since the beginning of 2016, and it has been an amazing, eye-opening process for me. Throughout the year, I definitely wish I could have given myself a few tips and a little insight on how to make the process seem less overwhelming. Today I’m sharing five tips if you’re considering incorporating minimalism into your life.

1| Define what minimalism means to you

Find out what this process means to you; and why this is important for you to pursue. To me, minimalism reminds me I don’t need much to live a blissful life. I don’t need an outfit for every day of the year. I can be happy with the things I have; and that I should fill my life with special moments instead of collecting special “things.” Do a little soul searching in this period to determine your definition and vision of this new lifestyle.

2| It’s okay to have a different goal

Ask yourself the thought-provoking questions. Why do you want toย  pursue minimalism? What goal do you want to accomplish with this journey? For me, I knew that clutter and “stuff” irritated my anxiety and OCD. I constantly felt overwhelmed. Simplifying my life, downsizing my possessions, and focusing on a simple, minimal routine makes me feel calm and in control.

3| Don’t rush the process

When I set my mind to do something, I go all out with it. Naturally, when I began this process, I thought I had to get rid of 80 percent of my belongings in one day; and completely change my life. This is a process that is better if you take your time and enjoy. You will be thankful you did. It’s okay not to reach your minimalism goals right away. It’s okay if you have a hard time letting go of your possessions. Do it on your time and on your terms.

4| There are no rules

There is this misconception that all minimalists live in tiny houses, own 20 pieces of clothing, and they only own things that are black, white or grey. Although there are many minimalists that fit this criteria, this isn’t the case for everyone. Remember, you don’t have to change what you love to incorporate minimalism into your life. You can still wear colors and be a minimalist. You can still put up Christmas decorations and be a minimalist.

5| Find your inspiration

This is something I wish I would have done from the beginning. At first, I didn’t have a ton of inspiration other that I knew it would help improve my life. I wish I turned to social media for help, inspiration, and motivation about this process. A few months ago, I found some incredible minimalist YouTubers that I love and watch regularly. This has kept me motivation and constantly reminds me this is a journey I am working on.

Are you considering becoming a minimalist? Have you ever consider this lifestyle before? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Thank you fo sharing this post! I actually want to start minimalistic life, but I don’t know where to start. So, thank you for these useful tips. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lucie http://www.inbluebox.com

    • Thank you so much, Lucie! I’m so happy to hear you want to take on this lifestyle. There will be more posts to come about minimalism, so be on the lookout!

  • Sarah Jean

    I’ve always been a minimalist, even when I was much younger. It just helps me appreciate things and focus on what I need to instead of what I don’t.

    • That’s so incredible–and it’s a wonderful way to look at everything because it’s so important to to appreciate the things we have.

  • I love your points on having your own goals and not follow any rules. I’m dabbing into minimalism and my main goal is to declutter everything and realize I REALLY don’t need this decor pillow or buy anymore cute statues to keep around my already cluttered desk. My wardrobe is another story and I’ve been working hard to donate what I don’t wear but I’m not going to follow the 20/24 pieces of clothing.

    • We are definitely the same person, Jess! I know that personally I won’t narrow down my wardrobe to only 20 pieces of clothing, but I do know that I want to remove all the old that I don’t love/wear/don’t fit. Why do I hang on to old sample of beauty products and home decor items I don’t even love? Those are the key things I’ve asked myself and have removed from my life since taking on this lifestyle. I’m still learning and evolving in the process, but it does take a little time.

  • Mostly Simple Life

    I love getting inspired with photos of clutter-free spaces!

    • I feel the same way! I have an entire board dedicated to inspiration for minimalism.

  • Britney Thompson Mills

    I love this! I’ve been working on only buying what I need and getting rid of extra junk to make life more simple!

    • I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed reading this, Britney! Keep working on your journey with minimalism!

  • I love reading how others share their journey toward minimalism! It’s true that you can’t rush and inspiration is so important!

    • I think people do rush the process and think you need to remove 80 percent of your belongings in a day–but that’s simply not true. I’ve enjoyed the process so much more by taking my time and working at it a little more each day to truly see the changes.

  • I love the idea of minimalism. I was once listened to a podcast where they talked about how creating a capsule wardrobe helped them free up a lot of time and stress that they used to spend on making choices. Minimalism helped them have more time for blissful and productive thoughts. I’d love to work toward living more of a minimalist lifestyle.

    • That’s another huge part of my journey with minimalism–there is much more time in my day where I’m not cleaning all these things I don’t love or stressing about a piece of clothing that doesn’t fit my style. In short, I worry less and have more time and energy to dedicated to the things in my home I love.

      • That’s awesome to hear! I think I’m going to make it a goal to try out a capsule wardrobe this winter.

  • Shatreka | ChicStylez 360

    I love this idea, but I feel that it is not for me. I love clothes and shoes too much to even think about doing this. I know however, I would save so much money by doing so.

    Shatreka
    ChicStylez360.com

    • It’s perfectly fine if you don’t think minimalism would fit your life. However, I do know many people who love fashion, buying, etc. and still practice minimalism. Remember, there are no rules! So you can practice this lifestyle while having all your fashion items! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Neely

    These are amazing tips!

  • Terryn Winfield

    Yes! I am with you, my anxiety tends to kick in when I am overwhelmed with all our stuff. That is the main reason I am embracing a more minimalist lifestyle. Getting the family on board has proven a task!

    • I noticed that the end of 2015 was particularly horrible in terms of my anxiety. So, to combat it, I slowly worked on becoming more minimal with my everyday life, and I have noticed (overtime) that my anxiety stressors decreased significantly.

  • LoveinTheAirForce

    Love this post! When people think “minimalism” it’s very different from what I would consider minimalism that would make me comfortable, so I didn’t think I was a “minimalist person.” I never thought about it meaning something different to other people before.

    • I felt the same way! That’s why I think it’s so important to define what minimalism means to you, and what your goals are during the process. It’s perfectly fine to not fit into that stereotypical mold of minimalism.

  • We are in the middle of a major home renovation right now. I can’t wait to purge when we move our stuff back in. I might go overboard!

    • A change like home renovation is a great excuse to go through your things because you want to sort through what won’t fit with the change in your home. You’ll definitely enjoy the process.

  • Great tips! I’m overdue for a big purge!

    • Before the change in season is the perfect time to do so!

  • Amazing tips, Kiara. I really loved how you shared for everyone to define what minimalism means to them! I really think it can be so different, so I’m glad you touched on that. No rushing the process is important, too. I completely love the idea of living minimal with very simplistic things, but with life right now, it’s hard to transition to the “dream minimalistic” type home and lifestyle, and I’m learning to be ok with that!

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I couldn’t agree with you more, Summer! Especially with the ideas and portrayal of minimalism. It’s okay if we don’t fit those exact molds that we see on Pinterest, etc. If we have defined our minimalism goals and what it will mean to us–however we choose to live minimally is all up to the individual!

  • I really need to go through all of my things and get rid of all the things that I don’t need.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • This is a great post! I particularly like #3. I tend to get that way too. If it doesn’t all happen in one swoop, I tend to quit. But you are right- it’s not a race and takes time!

    • YES! This was a huge step for me personally because I realized that this was a process I wanted to enjoy and appreciate!

  • Emily Bendler

    These are great tips. I don’t think I’ll ever be a minimalist, at least not with kids. But I can use these tips!

    • I know some people who have said that before (because of their children) and it turns out that they thrived as a family by becoming minimalists! However, I do know others who have said it’s not for them. But, it’s not necessarily something you need to get your entire family behind. It can begin with your things first, and the rest will fall into place naturally.

  • Kristen

    I definitely need to get rid of some stuff and focus on what’s important to me! Thanks for sharing these tips, it’s really made me think more about sitting down and focusing on what my goals are and why.

    • You’re so welcome! I’m so happy to know this helped you!

  • So awesome. I’ve always wanted to focus more on minimalism and define what it means for me. Mostly, I think I just need to get rid of things I don’t need, like the excess clothes.

    • I always recommend beginning with your closet because it’s where you can see the more progress in one single area. Toss anything you don’t love and that you truly don’t see yourself wearing anytime soon. You’ll then find that going through the rest of your home will be easier.

  • Great tips! I am really trying to focus on decluttering my life (digitally and physically). I just don’t know where to start!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Jennifer Naugler

    I “think” about minimalism so much….but not much acting on it. This list is helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • My favorite part of this is defining what minimalism means to you. I don’t think I would ever enjoy being a true minimalist, but I have decreased the amount of stuff I have, and it is freeing.

  • I love how you say not to rush the process! I love the idea of minimalism and slowly but surely am working my way there, but it’s so less overwhelming when I do it bit by bit and piece by piece.

  • These are wonderful tips – and actually super helpful! There are so many guides on “how to start a minimalist routine” out there…but I can definitely see myself referring to your guide!

    I like the idea of defining what minimalism means for you personally and setting a unique goal for YOU alone. You’re right: there are no rules. As long as you’re practicing minimalism in a way that helps you feel more organized, de-stressed, and less cluttered, I think that’s all that matters. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good thoughts!

    (P.S. I just love the name of your blog, by the way!)

    Bria | http://www.tendrilwild.com

  • Taylor Smith

    These are awesome tips!! Being minimalist is great!

  • This is something I really want to start working on. I’m trying to take it one step at a time, so I definitely appreciate the advice not to rush the process.

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    This is a great post! I have not thought about taking on the minimalist lifestyle. I do not like clutter or things that really don’t have any purpose but a true minimalistic life may be tough for me.

  • Patricia Conte

    Thanks for YOUR inspiration! I like these tips — I think it can be so overwhelming to get started on a path, and these are definitely helpful!

  • Lori Lyons Luhrman

    These are great tips for a “beginner minimalist”! I am not really pursuing this lifestyle but have tried to reduce the amount of stuff we have ever since we moved a couple of months ago. I truly feel happier with less stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  • I so desperately WANT more minimalism in my life and have honestly just not known where to start! It’s refreshing feeling like there really are no rules and I can do it my own way,

    Coming Up Roses

  • Bree

    These are great tips, thank you. I am ok with the whole minimalist concept its my husband and children that I need to convince, these tips will help :).

  • Abbey Phipps

    I love these tips! I’ve been moving towards minimalism, and I love that you pointed out that different people can have different views of it and different goals! Just like life, it’s a different journey for each of us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachel Golden

    These are such awesome tips! I love that you start by defining what minimalism means to you because everyone motivations are different and you shouldn’t base how you live out your life based on what works for someone else. & I love how you can get there at your own pace– that getting their slowly is actually good!

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