Living A Minimalist Lifestyle
You might ask, “why would I want to live a minimalist lifestyle?” Or you may wonder if you could ever be happy with less. Living a minimalist lifestyle may not be for everyone, and it’s not easy for everyone to adopt. Living minimalistic lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up the majority of the thing you own, but it’s the act of desiring less. Let’s be honest, we all can learn to crave less. In some way or sort we become greedy; some more than others, but the desire to want more is not healthy.
Everyone will have their version of living minimally. Some might opt not to have electronics; others might limit their articles of clothing to be 30 pieces, while other might indulge in less food. There’s not one way of living minimally. What you need to do is find the areas of your life where you’re not content with enough and where you desire more than you need. I have this weird obsession/habit of owning multiple water bottles and glasses. I can’t help to buy a new color of Swell bottles, (my 25 ounces black Swell bottle is life changing) but do I need all four bottles? Well now I have three, I won’t talk about what happened to my fourth one.
You might ask what ways you can start to live minimally? What areas are common? Some might say they need to have less of clothing, furniture, technology, vehicles, and yes, even jobs! I’m a workaholic and love to be busy. I’m always on the go, and if I’m not, I am incredibly bored. Here are some things you need to consider and do to live a more minimalist lifestyle
Establish A Goal
The first thing you need to do is develop your definition of what living a minimalist lifestyle means. Does it mean getting rid of the majority of the things you own? Or does it mean finding what areas in your life you feel overwhelmed, or lust for more than you need, and minimize them or eliminate them? To be successful at this, you need to establish what are the things you need less of and then give yourself time to get rid of this stuff or slowly indulge in them less. Eliminating all the things you think you need less of at one time will set you up for failure; take your time, and evaluate why you want to live a minimalist lifestyle.
Now that you made your list of things you believe you over indulge in or items in your place of living that you don't need it's time declutter. One way to do this step is doing the KonMari Method. In my other posts on my experience with doing the KonMari Method, I go over how I still apply it to my life now (I'm inching up to my two-year mark). You can't decide to live a minimalist lifestyle without getting rid of things or doing less of the activities that are overwhelming you. Figuring out what you need less of is the simple part. Now you have to apply it to your life and get rid of those things. For me, it was about getting rid of the things that didn't bring me joy or that I had not used in a year. Mine is not extreme as others, but in the end, it is what lifts that cloud of uneasiness or clutter in your life.
Try it Out
Now that you've rid yourself and lifestyle of things you could do without try living minimally for a month. You all heard this, "it takes 21 days to create a habit and 30 days to create a lifestyle. Like I mentioned before, living a minimalistic lifestyle is not for everyone. I know for sure I couldn't live without internet, tv, or my phone, but I believe that everyone has a different definition of what it means to live with less.
It's not going to be easy. You were accustomed to living with more, and now that you have less you're going to notice a difference. Hang in there and try to live with less for 30 days and see if it's something you can do. If not, that is okay this lifestyle is not for everyone, but I do believe you will learn from the journey and be aware of things you buy and indulge in.
What are some things you think you need less of? Have you tried living a minimalistic lifestyle? Let us know below!
Originally posted on Deliberate Magazine.