3 tips on instantly becoming a minimalist
Nia Bennett | Jan, 29 2020
When we are surrounded by a society obsessed with materialism and consumerism, living a simple, minimalistic lifestyle can become difficult.
Even though shopping occasionally or treating yourself to guilty pleasures is absolutely okay, scientific evidence reiterates that to be happy, one must have experiences, not goods.
With this in mind, transforming to a minimalist mindset can be the most powerful way to live life to feel free, lighter, calmer and increase your savings. By definition, minimalism means to buy, own or use things within your needs and have nothing more.
Although adapting to a minimalistic lifestyle can be hard at first, you can follow simple steps which will help you improve your wealth and increase happiness and satisfaction in your life.
1. Clear your closet
Take a hard look at everything you own, this includes your closet and the stuff lying around your house. Some things can be sentimental but how many things are lying around that are of no use to you.
Start by making a list of things you don’t use on a day to day basis. Include things, clothes, or any product that you have not used for six months to a year. Start by clearing the clutter. There is enough evidence to prove that hoarding and clutter can affect your mental wellbeing. Read how clutter affects your mind and cluttered brain syndrome.
You can always sell old things on online marketplaces like eBay or have a garage sale to make some profit. The money earned through this can easily be used to open and start a savings account if you don’t have one already. If you don’t want to sell, then drop everything off at a charity shop. At least you will have the satisfaction of giving away things you no longer need to someone who could make the most use of it, especially books, shoes and clothes.
Letting go of unwanted things can be empowering and help you move forward in your life with ease. It’s a symbolic representation that you are no longer holding onto anything that doesn’t serve any purpose and opening your home, heart and life to new beginnings.
2. Mindful eating and planning
On average people spend up to $2,746 a year in America. In the UK, a Daily Mail post published in 2013 revealed that “Workers could pay off a £100,000 mortgage about six years early if they spent lunch money on their loan”. So it is well established that sheer comfort or laziness makes us spend money on eating out.
Start with meal planning and getting yourself organised.
A little planning can help you save large amounts of money on weekly grocery and lunches. This will not only save you money but also make you aware of what you are putting into your body, what you are feeding your family and it will help you stay on a path of a healthy lifestyle.
3. Engage in more experiences
Ask yourself what makes you happy? Do you love spending time with your family, your friends, doing volunteer work, helping others, travelling, painting etc?
As Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr, says, “ A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimension.”
You need to find out what area of your life needs more attention for more happiness and emphasise on spending more time doing what you love. This way you are adapting to a happier lifestyle, doing things that are more fulfilling, something and ultimately improving your daily experiences and boosting your self-confidence.
People assume that travelling requires money, but a little bit of forward planning and hunting for cheap deals and savings can make regular travelling a lifestyle.
Find out the areas where you can downsize to live a life of freedom and gain meaningful life experiences.
The ultimate question you need to ask yourself while shifting to a minimalistic lifestyle is, ‘How can I invest more time into living meaningful experiences and have healthier relationships?’. The answer could be different for each individual but if you dig deep, you will discover what truly enhances your life and make the changes to empower yourself.