Let’s start with the answer to the question, “what is minimalism?”
Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
Over time, the items that bring value to our lives change. Minimalism is then accomplished through constant evaluation of your possessions and a system of decluttering. For help with organizing, see Tips for Getting (and Staying) Organized.
Minimalism takes many forms. What began as a style of art inspires a way of living. You may see posts on Pinterest that challenge you to wear the same 30 items in different combinations.
An attempt to be a minimalist has helped me to be more intentional in my purchases. It has also helped streamline my organizational systems and decrease the amount of items I hold on to. Just these benefits alone have had an enormous impact in my life. I have found what truly matters to me.
So how do you become a minimalist? Start decluttering. Start small. Look in your closet and decide whether you need everything in there. Do you wear those shoes? That jacket? Those belts? If not, donate, repurpose, or recycle. My favorite donation station is Goodwill. Not only does the Goodwill accept donations, but they have a program for job training and creation.
After your closet, declutter your life. Are you doing things unnecessarily? Can any tasks in your life be removed or integrated within another task? For example, can you walk or bike to work instead of driving to work and then going to the gym afterwards?
Decluttering your life takes time. It does not mean throw everything away or deprive yourself of all but the bare necessities. You can be a minimalist and still own large items (house, car, furniture) or enjoy art, decor, fashion, etc. Remember, minimalism started as a style of art. The idea is to place importance on what brings value to you and remove what doesn’t. It’s a personal process.
Think you might be a minimalist? Check out Courtney Carver’s 25 Reasons You Might Be a Minimalist.
Have you tried minimalism? What’s your viewpoint? Leave a comment below.