When you hear the word “minimalist,” you may picture a nearly empty white room with nothing more than a sofa and a TV. While this scenario may be true for some, minimalism is really all about finding ways to simplify your lifestyle. Whether it’s by making changes to your home décor, your time on social media or even your spending habits, you may feel as though a weight has been lifted through the process of letting things go!
Here are changes you can make to progress toward a more minimalist lifestyle:
De-clutter your home.
If you tend to do an annual spring cleaning at your home, you’re already on the right track! The minimalist lifestyle focuses on getting rid of the unnecessary items so that your living space can be more functional and enjoyable. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be done in one day, so try picking one area at a time like the pantry or garage so you don’t become overwhelmed. Make separate piles for items that should be kept, trashed and donated or sold.
Take a look at your finances.
As you begin to remove excess items from your home, you can start to do the same thing when it comes to your spending habits. See if there are any areas like going out to eat or entertainment expenses that you can begin to limit.
Cut back on social media.
Another way you can reduce the noise in your life is by limiting social media use. Consider whether there are people who could be removed from your friends list so you can invest your time reading only about those who you would actually like to spend time with. Reducing the number of people you’re friends with/following will reduce the number of posts you see in your news feed, which might just help take a load off your shoulders!
Get creative with gift giving.
An ongoing struggle many of us have is trying to find the right gift for that friend or family member who seems to already have it all. To help overcome this problem, minimalists prefer gifts that have a practical use such as a monthly food subscription box or, better yet, gifts that involve an experience such as tickets to a concert or local food festival.
The process of simplifying and organizing can reduce stress levels by helping to cut down on the excess in your life. For those deciding to give these minimalist tips a try, just keep in mind that you don’t have to follow anyone else’s rules – take it at your own pace and do what works best for you and your family!