Have you ever been interested in living a minimalist lifestyle, this will help. In 7 simple and easy ways, you can begin to become a minimalist. Minimalist living is a stress-free way of living by simplifying your life. Fewer belongings, more space, less quantity and more quality; who wouldn’t want all of those things.
Now that I am on summer break it has been my goal to make more of a minimalist home. How did we accumulate so much stuff? How have we begun to outgrow our 1200 square foot home with just the two of us? When we add a child into our household, how are all three of our belongings going to be managed? I am using these 7 ways to get a start on our minimalist lifestyle.
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1. Get rid of collections for a minimalist lifestyle
Collections cost money and take up space. A collection of designer handbags are going to do both; cost a lot of money and take up space. Try to sell your collection on Amazon or eBay. I have a collection of mugs. At the end of the school year, I was given two more mugs as gifts. Instead of adding them to my collection I got rid of two more. I keep them in a small cabinet next to the coffee maker. With time, my mug collection will become minimal, but for now it is hard to give it up.
2. Use the library
Libraries are underutilized. We have so many books that sit on our bookcases. The first step we can do is donate books we have read. The second is to take books out we want to read. With having a due date to return the books, we are pressured to read them and return in time. I don’t know how many times I stopped and started books because time gets away from you. A deadline will keep you motivated. Our library also has DVD’s that you can take out for free! Beats any Redbox price.
3. Simplify meals
This minimalist way means more now to me than ever! I just cleaned out my pantry and spice rack. So many items were thrown out because they had expired. When I try to make fancy meals, I end up buying unique ingredients where the recipe calls for a teaspoon and then it sits in my pantry for years until it becomes expired.
By simplifying meals, the ingredients are simplified. Build meals off of what you have instead of buying new items. Another great option is using a service like $5 Meal Plan to help with keeping meals simple.
4. De-clutter rooms
In connection with my garage sale article, I have continued to declutter our house room by room. When our local church has their summer flea market we use this time to box up anything we have not used over the year. The areas we have spent the most time in decluttering are our closets and the kitchen. Clothes pill, shrink and change over the year. Check out your wardrobe and adjust. Do you really need that many pairs of jeans?
Our biggest problem with our kitchen is small appliances. They can take up a lot of space and how often are they used throughout the year? If you haven’t used it in a year, clearly you can do without. Donate it or sell it. If you have a small kitchen like us, making the most out of your space is crucial to a functioning kitchen.
Having a decluttered house will help if you ever want to use your house as a homeshare. We have talked about doing this in the summer months when we are traveling. One of my biggest reservations is how many personal items I have up on the walls and around our home. Minimizing these items would help with the potential of someone wanting to share our home.
5. Travel light
Traveling light is a hard one for me. I like to be prepared and have options while away. As I adopt a minimalist lifestyle I know I will have to change my ways. For a lot of people this can be hard. I have picked up a lot of travel hacks over the years to help cut back on my packing. My favorite has been TSA approved reusable travel bottles. They are great for weekend camping or trips to the Caribbean.
6. Say no
Saying no is easy for me. If you just read my article on saying no, you might wonder how that would apply to a minimalist lifestyle. Simple! When my in-laws moved, they asked us if we wanted a lot of what they were getting rid of. Saying no allowed us to make sure we were not inheriting clutter that we didn’t need in our house.
One thing you can say no to is a bigger house. When you purchase a bigger house it takes away from the minimalist lifestyle. Having a bigger a house is a problem on many levels.
First, your budget is going to be hurting when you have a large mortgage to pay for every month. The larger the house the more money is attached to owning, upkeeping, taxes, etc. Why get a house bigger than you need? Life is about adventure and creating memories! The bigger your house the more constricted your life actually becomes. The second issue is it allows for more “stuff” to be filled to take up space. You will need to purchase more furniture and room decor. Just say no!
7. Become more eco-friendly
Find ways to make your products more eco-friendly. Reuse and repurpose things around your house. Instead of buying rolls of paper towel, buy reusable paperless towels that you can wash. In order to save money and become more eco-friendly, we bought the Nest thermostat. The Nest learns our living patterns and makes the adjustments to optimize our heating and cooling systems. Taking initiative today will save you money and help our beautiful planet for years to come.
Do you live a minimalist lifestyle? How did you get started? What is your advice for beginning as a minimalist?
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