Hello and welcome to my first post on this blog! I am excited to write this post because minimalism is something that I truly enjoy and has changed my life for the better.
Minimalism has no clear-cut definition. And it shouldn’t either. The general rule of thumb for most minimalists is to live with only the essentials and try not to collect excess. Not only can this lifestyle change the way you shop, but it can change the way you interact with the world and view your life and a consumerist society.
I would like to give a little backstory before we begin. I grew up in a privileged home. Growing up, I was definitely spoiled. I received every gift I wanted on Christmas, Easter, Birthdays, you name it. Granted, everything was organized and very neat but I had A LOT of stuff. Of course, I will always appreciate that I was able to grow up in that lifestyle, but as I got older and started paying my own way I realized other things were more important to me. Relationships, health, and traveling the world were all things I wanted (and want) in my life.
Growing up and living in California, I knew that it was expensive and I did not have the money to add more stuff to my life. I wanted and needed to enjoy the little things because after a few years the material items became just that, material items. They don’t hold as true of a value as a friendship, relationships, or experiences.
But enough about me, I want to give you 3 really easy ways to get started with minimalism for the beginner. And I mean easy. We live busy lives, just take the baby steps and you to will be on your way to a more simplistic and stress-free life.
1) Flip those hangers
This really is super easy. Doesn’t feel like much at first, but trust me it is helpful.
- Flip your clothes hangers the opposite direction. That’s it, super simple
- After you wear an item flip the hanger to the normal position
Now you may be wondering what good this will do. This will help in determining what you wear/love vs. what you never wear. The first process of minimalism is getting rid of items in your life that are not of value. Every three months, I evaluate my wardrobe. There is always a reason for why I haven’t worn something during those three months. Either it doesn’t fit, isn’t flattering, I don’t like the color, etc. and therefore is out to be donated.
2) Only go shopping when you need something
One of the many problems with living in a consumerist society is that we are told we always need more and more. And even when we are done shopping and come home to turn on the television, commercials are telling us we still need more. We are constantly bombarded. Be a conscious consumer. Train yourself to only go shopping when you need to. This will save you LOTS of time and money which can be spent elsewhere.
3) Take it slow
One of the worst mistakes you can make is going head first and expecting everything to be done in one day. Especially if you have a larger home, this is basically impossible. Instead, take it one step at a time and do not rush it. Remember that this is a lifestyle change, not a fad that comes and goes. Many minimalists are in it for the long run. Do what you can and don’t feel the pressure to get it done in one day.
And that’s a wrap! Let me know in the comments, what scares you most about minimalism and what is it that you have a hard time de-cluttering? Books, clothes, cookware, shoes? Let me know!
Good luck to you all on your journey to a simpler lifestyle!