Admit it, you’re fascinated by Marie Kondo. If nothing else, how can she sort through so much stuff and fold it so perfectly? Even if that lifestyle isn’t manageable for your family, embracing minimalist habits help us shape our lives to be peaceful and organized. Minimalism doesn’t have to mean living with the bare essentials. Take inventory of your life to see if there are ways you can simplify.
- Start a packaging challenge- Take a set period of time, two weeks or one month, and see if you can reduce your weekly amount of garbage and recycling. Decluttering or purging can be daunting tasks, but simply reducing your consumption can have similar effects. Being thoughtful about what you bring into your house can encourage you to reassess your habits.
- Don’t buy new until you use up the old- How many shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shower gel containers do you have stuffed in a drawer waiting until you can pack them in a suitcase for another trip--- but you never do and instead just add to your collection? Or spice mixes you keep picking up for a quick dinner? Before you buy new, try to use up those containers and packages. You’ll thin out your cupboards and closets and save some money too!
- Create don’t consume- We live in a consumer world: buy stuff, eat at restaurants, invest in (often expensive) experiences. While there is a time and place for all of it, removing the money from your free time means you have to make your own fun. You can go for a walk or hike, make a meal from scratch, play music or make art. You may be surprised at how fulfilling it is.
- Reassess your furniture- Coco Chanel famously said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” If your home feels cramped, do the same thing. By removing a few pieces, you’ll quickly free up floor space. Store them elsewhere for a couple of days and see if you miss them. If not, sell it online and appreciate the money and a more minimal home.
- Realize this is a journey- Just because you can’t throw out half of your belongings in one day doesn’t make you less of a minimalist. Remember that the idea behind the mindset is to make time and space for the things that are important to you. Small changes over time add up to a big change. You may find your tea cup collection is valued, but twelve white t-shirts are not. It’s your journey and you get to write the story.