10 Steps Towards a Minimalist Lifestyle
As we are about to kiss 2018 goodbye, it is almost time to make our New Year’s resolutions! This year, how about committing to a more minimalist lifestyle? The benefits of minimalism are truly remarkable, leading to more happiness by letting go everything unnecessary to make more room for the necessary. Whether you are looking to deeply transform your life or just make smaller changes, today we share with you 10 steps towards a minimalist lifestyle.
1. Declutter your Home
Starting in January, set aside dedicated time for decluttering your home. As for the method, you probably know by now that we love the Konmari Method that consists of decluttering by category, not location, and letting go of anything that no longer “sparks joy”. Start the New Year with a home filled with only things you love (and extra closet space!)
2. Purge your mailboxes
The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined. If you want to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive, register with the Mail Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). DMAchoice offers a simple, step-by-step process that enables you to decide what mail you do and do not want to receive. Similarly, systematically unsubscribe from any unwanted emails you receive and be careful when releasing your email address to websites or companies.
3. Start a Meditation Practice
Meditating is a great way to learn to be more present. Starting a meditation practice will help you simplify your life, improve your mental health and slowly let go of material attachments. One of our favorite app to start is Headspace where you can sign up for free guided meditations. A great routine to implement in the new year.
4. Keep A Journal
Keeping a journal really helps putting things into perspective and focusing on what really matters. When you keep up with a daily journal, you really focus on the good in your life and get rid of the bad. It also allows you to organize your thoughts and set a plan to accomplish what truly matters to you.
Unfollow anything or anyone that does not bring you value. Consuming less does not only apply to things, digital content can clutter your mind and seriously bring you down. You don’t owe it to anyone to keep following them, there is really no shame about unfollowing an account that makes you uncomfortable or upset.
6. Shop with Purpose
When you shop, shop for a specific item only. Make a list in your phone of things you need and only shop that list. It will help you only buy things you truly need. If you want to buy something but you are uncertain about it, wait a week. A good decision will still be a good decision a week later!
7. Learn to Say No
For some people, it can be hard, almost impossible to say no. However, saying no can have invaluable benefits on your life. It helps you focus your energy on projects and people that bring you value. Saying no does not have to be harsh or rude, it can simply mean “not right now, maybe later”, so watch your intonation and gestures!
8. Save Your Money for Experiences, Not for Things
For many minimalists, the philosophy is about getting rid of excess stuff and living a life based on experiences rather than possessions. When you buy less stuff, it leaves you more to spend on what really matters like travelling, learning, experiencing. Every month, set aside money for a trip you want to take or a project you want to realize. This way, instead of spending your money on things you don't really need, you will spend it on memories you will cherish forever.
9. Put Down Your Electronics For at Least One Hour a Day
Technology has some wonderful benefits. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that our world is developing an unhealthy attachment to it. Powering down the fear of missing out and finding contentment in our present space is an important skill to live a happier and more meaningful life.
10. Practice Gratitude
According to many minimalists, the greatest secret is that there is not a ‘thing’ that makes you feel good, but rather your thoughts about that ‘thing’ that make you feel good. A good way to start being more grateful is to write at least one thing you are grateful for every morning when you wake up. It is such a simple act, but it can really help you start your day with a positive mindset.