Minimalism changed my life. If you haven’t read my article yet on 5 Ways Minimalism Has Seriously Changed The Way I Live, I strongly encourage you to, especially if you think adopting a minimalist lifestyle is something you want to do. For me? Minimalism has given me more focus, more intention in the way I live, and a LOT less stress!
So, what the heck is a minimalist lifestyle I hear you ask? Well dear friends, a minimalist lifestyle is one that you live with pure and authentic intention, and removing (or reducing) all those unnecessary items you’re carrying with you. That’s my definition anyway. And don’t worry, I’m not talking about sentimental childhood items that you hold dear – I STILL keep my teddy ‘Cuddles’ on my bed from when I was like 6 year old (I have no shame).
If YOU are looking to create more intention in your life, find the strength to remove objects that serve no purpose, or you want to reduce your stress, anxiety, or frustration? Then read on!
#1 Remove Unnecessary Things From Your Environment
I’m talking about clothes you don’t wear anymore, pens that only half work, decorative objects that just don’t do it for you anymore…anything that NO LONGER SERVES YOU!
Not sure where to start? I started with my bathroom. When I went overseas to America, BOTH times I bought Victoria Secret body spray (girls you know what I’m talking about!). They always have this deal, buy 6 for $30. Freaking bargain I thought! So, I ended up with 12 bottles of Victoria’s Secret body spray. I’ve had them for about 4 years and it was only THIS year that I finally got rid of (most) of them.
Anyway, my advice is to start with your bathroom and really go through all of your stuff – nail polish, skin creams, hair brushes, makeup bags – GET RID OF THAT SH*T if you’re no longer using it! – you’ll thank me later 🙂
#2 No! You Don’t Really Need That 2nd Pair Of Shoes For Half Price
Stop right there! I know you. You go into a shoe store, you find a pair you LOVE, but oh…wait, they have 50% off if you buy a 2nd pair. Oh, well I might as well. Like I’m practically saving money right? WRONG! You’re buying something you don’t need and spending MORE money than originally planned.
So, next time you go to buy something or some friendly sales girl or guy wants to pray on your emotions and try and upsell you, think to yourself…do I REALLY need this? And my favourite…do I have SPACE for this in my apartment or house? I now live in a tiny (but very nice and modern apartment) near the city and I literally have to ask myself before buying anything whether or not I can find a place for it. It’s only food that I would make an exception for.
Be strong! You have the power to say no.
#3 Material Items Do Not Define You!
I own 9 handbags…like wtf. WHY DO I OWN 9 HANDBAGS?! Back in my uni days I would have a field day when I allowed myself to purchase a new bag. I always had to keep up appearances while at uni and I liked having new things to show off (again, no shame).
But once I started working full time, having 9 handbags didn’t matter. I always used just the one and haven’t swapped handbags in 2 years. I’m now disgusted at myself that I own 9 handbags. They’re just taking up space in my tiny closet that I now share with my boyfriend (the struggle is real).
Materials items DO NOT DEFINE who you are! And you shouldn’t let them. Have 1 or 2 nice handbags that you love…not 9! Living a minimalist lifestyle has taught me that I don’t value materials items anymore (other than candles, I like a nice smelling apartment). I value experience, I value relationships because when I’m on my death bed, they’re the things I’m going to be thinking of. Not those 9 handbags.
Which leads me to my next point dear friends…
#4 Quality Over Quantity
I used to be into buying fast fashion and making a purchase every weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a bit of fast fashion if I’m on a budget, but I’d rather fork out a bit more and buy an item that I TRULY am in love with and will want to wear it all the time.
Whatever it is you’re purchasing, think to yourself…do I really love it? Am I going to be able to use/wear this for years to come? We usually have to fork out a bit more for something that is of better quality, and I now see the value in that. No, I’m not a millionaire (not yet), but I CAN afford to buy nice things that I see are of value and will be an investment to my life.
#5 Be Present And Actually Enjoy Life
If you don’t post it on Instagram it didn’t happen. I love Instagram as much as the next millennial, and while I do like to photograph my packet of mint choc chip Tim Tams inspired my Gelato Messina (go get them they’re amazing) I also have to remind myself that I shouldn’t be living on my phone 24/7.
Being a blogger and content creator, yea, I do spend A LOT of time on my phone connecting with people, looking for inspiration, and posting. But I’ve learned when I need to put it away and be present in the moment, especially when I’m with loved ones. As the saying goes, “I like to hang out with people who make me forget to look at my phone”.
Ok, hold up! The worst thing you could possible do is try and do this minimalist lifestyle thing cold turkey. Take your time! It’s hard to change your mindset overnight. I started off with removing objects from my home that no longer served me (or my boyfriend for that matter). Be mindful about what you purchase and purchase with INTENTION!
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