It’s not difficult to accumulate possessions. We buy things on sale, we hold on to things we don’t particularly need, and then one day look around at our cluttered home and ask ourselves; where did all this stuff come from?
It’s an ongoing cycle of buying, spending, getting over whelmed, organizing and discarding that happens to the best of us.
While adopting a minimalist lifestyle change isn’t for everyone, often simplifying your possessions can help you simplify your life. Getting rid of unnecessary things in your home can translate into getting rid of unwanted distractions and stress. By streamlining your environment, you give yourself a better chance at having a clearer, more focused mindset.
Minimalism and sustainable living also fit well together. Having a minimalist living environment is ultimately eco-friendly, as by embracing minimalism, you’re avoiding overbuying and overconsumption as well as reducing waste.
Interested? Here’s some tips on how to adopt minimalist living!
Simplifying your possessions can help you simplify your life.
Sticking with a minimalist lifestyle may be tricky at first, so why not make a note of all the reasons you want to practise this new way of living? Whether it’s helping the environment, saving money or clearing your mind, it’s great to have it all written down to keep you motivated.
This is a big one, and may require a bit of easing in! So why not start small? Get rid of all the bits and bobs you don’t need from your bedside table and see how it feels to keep that one space completely clean and clear.
If it’s working for you, make that space a bit bigger every day. Expand the clutter free zone to your whole bedroom, then your kitchen, and then the entire home! Step by step, you can get your setting under control.
Going travelling is a great chance to exercise your new minimalist mentality. Often when we go travelling, we pack a million things and then end up wearing the same shirt and jeans the entire time.
So when you start preparing for your next getaway, pack half the amount you think you’ll need. This is a great chance to assess what clothes you actually wear, and allow you to judge your whole wardrobe with a much harsher eye! You can also suss out how it feels to carry less baggage (both physically and mentally)!
Your shoulders and back will definitely thank you when you're not lugging 17 days' worth of clothes.
If there’s anything unnecessary that survived your clutter removal, it’s definitely going now! Walk around your house and check for duplicates. Two of the same book? Donate one. Two sets of the same cooking utensil? Recycle it. Remember that is is about living simply, so ask yourself if you really need those doubles.
Do you have heavy curtains? Large curtains or window coverings can often give the sense that a room is more cluttered than it actually is. By stripping things back, you allow for natural light to flow freely into a room, it’s not only aesthetically pleasing, it’s also better for your energy consumption. Lower those gas and electricity costs by uncovering windows and letting natural warmth flow in.
Consider making your own homemade cleaning products, rather than buying them. Vinegar can work well as a surface cleaner, and recycled yarn is great as a sponge.
This allows you to further cut down on purchasing costs, plus it’s better for your wellbeing and the environment. Check out this Ultimate Guide to Homemade Cleaning Supplies for some more ideas!