It seems like everyone wants to be a minimalist these days. In the past few years, the “hot” New Year’s resolution is not to get fit but to live with less. The Tiny House movement has inspired many of us to appreciate what we have, and be happy with less.
When this trend first started catching on, I was skeptical. Being a minimalist made me think of the “extreme cheapskate” style of living. Sure, I would love to learn to be happy with less stuff but I wasn’t ready to go cold turkey.
However, the more and more I’ve learned about minimalism, the more I’ve embraced it. The idea of letting go of material needs, being more productive and, best of all, spending less money appeals to almost everyone.
As a self-proclaimed frugal-ist, I felt like I was already on the right track. A big part of the reason why I’m frugal is because I just want to simplify my life. I’m sure all aspiring minimalists can relate to this.
If you’re ready to take the first step to a more minimalist lifestyle, here are 3 tips.
1. Letting Go of Clutter
The first and most important step to becoming a minimalist is learning to let go, nd it starts with all your stuff. We all have things we don’t need and never even use.
While it seems harmless to just let your stuff accumulate, clutter can cause you a lot of stress, anxiety, and will hinder you from reaching your goal to become a minimalist. So let go of it all. No excuses!
Decluttering can seem like a massive project, especially when you’ve accumulated years and years of stuff. So start with these small steps:
- Go through your closets and drawers.
- Create 3 categories: donate, sell, trash.
- Take the donate pile to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
- List items on eBay, or Craigslist. Sell name brand-items through a consignment shop.
- Toss everything that’s damaged, old, or outdated.
2. Spending Smarter
Cutting down and learning to spend less is unarguably very challenging. But it can be done. An important part of minimalism is letting go of materialistic items.
Before buying something, ask yourself this: does it really add value or purpose to my life?
If not, think twice before buying it. That’s not to say you shouldn’t treat yourself every once-in-awhile. You just need to learn how to spend wiser.
One caveat to spending smarter is to focus on less material items but invest in moments more. Experiences are one of the few things that can truly make you feel richer, even when you’re spending money.
3. Simplifying Your Life
Last but not least, learn to live more with less — and I’m not only talking about stuff. Life can get so hectic and crazy that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But at the end of the day, it’s a choice.
Choose to simplify your life and only keep what really matters. You might be surprised, but you can live a much fuller life when you have less distractions (and stuff) clouding your mind.
Are You Ready to Be a Minimalist?
Minimalism isn’t for everybody and you certainly don’t have to go all out if you choose to adapt to it. But there are aspects of a simplistic lifestyle that everyone can benefit from.
Even though your wallet will be happier, creating a minimalist lifestyle it’s not just about saving money. It’s about finding value and figuring out what really is important to you.
Take steps this week to embrace the minimalist life, whether you declutter, shop smarter, or find ways to live more with less. You might just be pleasantly surprised!
Are you thinking of embracing the minimalist life? What’s another way to enjoy living life to the fullest without spending more money?
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