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 to 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!