5 Tips If You’re Interested in Minimalism

Posted in Lifestyle
on June 7, 2017

So, you want to be a minimalist?

Well, to be honest, I don’t truly consider myself a “minimalist” because there are a ton of expectations surrounding that word that I don’t agree with. But, I do tell people that my lifestyle has minimalist/intentional living ideas in it. Whether you’re just beginning your minimalism or you’re reevaluating your lifestyle altogether, here are 5 tips I give to people who are interested in pursuing a more simple, minimalist lifestyle.

1| It’s not all about Pinterest

Just because you see photo after photo of a perfectly white kitchen, white furniture, with very little color doesn’t mean that you aren’t a minimalist if you don’t want to replicate that in your own home. Although there are people who love white everything in their home and who a minimalist, that doesn’t mean all minimalists live in a perfectly white home. The same can be said for your wardrobe or anything else in your life. Just because it’s shown that way on Pinterest doesn’t mean it’s the only way.

2| Don’t make it overwhelming

The issue with calling yourself a minimalist is that you are immediately placed in a box where people place unnecessary expectations on you, and you feel trapped, overwhelmed and stressed. The purpose of this lifestyle is to remove stress in your life. If you decide that there are some things that are overwhelming about this lifestyle, take a step back and give yourself time. You don’t need to rush this process. You don’t need to follow through on every process just because some YouTuber told you to, which brings me to my next point.


I could write a novel about this because I’ll keep things short and sweet. There are no rules. There is no godly book of minimalism that gives a code to live by that you must follow or you will never be able to identify as a minimalist. You don’t need to downsize to a tiny home. You don’t need to be able to pack all your belongings in one suitcase. There are no rules with this lifestyle, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. What works for your will not work for someone else. That’s okay. That’s how it should be.

4| It can fit your lifestyle

The goal is to identify what your main goals are with wanting to pursue this lifestyle altogether. Are you looking to stop spending money unnecessarily on clothes, jewelry, shoes? Are you looking to save so you can pay off your debt? Are you looking to simple more simply because life has been stressful? Whatever your goals and intentions are: write them down and revisit them frequently to check your progress. Use that to work minimalism into your life that won’t bring any stress and will help you to achieve your goals.

5| You can stop/change 

Similar to anything else in life, if there’s something you don’t like about what you’re doing with this lifestyle, you can change it or stop it completely at any time. It’s okay if you work through some decluttering and downsizing to a smaller home if that’s your goal. If you want to practice saving, and conscious shopping but you don’t want to practice other areas of minimalism—that’s great, too. The point of this journey is to find what works best of your and your life. Something might not work for you, but you shouldn’t stress over it. Find what you love, and pursue it. Find what you don’t love and get rid of it.

I hope this helped anyone who was questioning whether or not this lifestyle would work for them. Although it can be very overwhelming to think about changing your life, remember that everything is temporary. You can apply this lifestyle to fit your needs and your life to help achieve your goals. You don’t need to follow any rules except the rules you give yourself on this journey. If anyone makes you feel stressed about not being “minimalist” enough, remind them that’s your journey and you’re happy with the way you’re living.

Have you ever considered minimalism? What is holding you back from trying this lifestyle? What questions do you have for anyone who is a minimalist?

Ki Signature


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  • I think I’d be happy to apply minimalism to my life, but not go full throttle. I think there is definitely room in my life to move toward minimalism though (I think it may take me a few years to get to where I want!)

    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  • I agree with Laura. I would apply some of the aspects, but not everything. For example, I would love to downsize my wardrobe and maybe all the useless stuff that’s just lying there in my house. That would be a nice start for me!

  • This was really helpful. I love the concept of minimalism but I always wonder if I could make it work for me.

  • I’ve tried it but later realized some items make me happy, even if I have multiples of them. I’ve taken minimalism to inspire me to only purchase what I need and truly love, and that’s helped a lot on its own

  • Yes! This is so true. My hubby and I are constantly purging (it gets worse when you have a baby!) and we’ve become super intentional about everything we purchase. The hardest thing for me to keep under control are my books! I have so many!

  • Amylia Coover

    I am a work in progress. I have purged so much but see that I can also do so much more. I began simplifying my life January of 2016. This has transformed my way of thinking and refined my attitude towards consumerism in so many ways. Less really is more!

  • Jennifer Schmidt

    I have been working on all of these but Pinterest just draws me in.

  • Corey Wheeland

    I think it’s important to remember that there are no rules. My version of minimalism can be totally different from someone else’s!

  • These are all really important to remember. I love that you included the fact that there are no rules. I think it’s easy to get extreme about anything we incorporate into our lives and sometimes extremes just won’t work. We have to realize that what matters is how it’s working for us on a practical level.

  • Trish

    Wonderful thoughts on minimalism. I love that you included the reminder that you can stop/change. I am always drawn to minimal decor and interested in simplifying life. Thanks!

  • Such good points! I love that you have leaned towards a minimalist lifestyle, and I understand your hesitation for using the label. I hesitated to use the ‘minimalist’ label on my blog, but the pursuit of minimalism has completely transformed my life. There will always be someone who thinks I am not doing enough, but it is my journey. The most important thing, that you mentioned, is to use minimalism as a tool to simplify your life how you feel necessary.

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