8 Tips for Being a Minimalist

Saying you want to be a minimalist and actually being one are two very different things. I’m a firm believer of less is more. If you can truly embrace the minimalist life, your time is more available for a healthier body, mind and home.

So, maybe you’re a bit of a pack rat, or there are just a few items that you’re unrealistically attached to. The tips below can help you take the first steps—while still holding onto those treasured objects. It won’t be easy, but the results are worth the sacrifice.

  1. One in, one out
    It sounds easy, but it takes constant top of mind awareness. If you get something new, something existing has to go. Consider donating or selling your unused items. The act of deciding what goes will encourage you to evaluate what you really do and do not need.
  2. Declutter
    Obviously to live with less you have to get rid of things, sometimes a lot of things. Start small with an area of little personal connections, like the kitchen.
  3. Goodbye duplicate items
    How many pairs of black sandals do you really need? Why do you have three sets of silverware if you only use one? Evaluate the items that you have more than one of and get rid of items you can.
  4. Go paperless
    Aside from things like birth certificates and social security cards… most companies offer online options for your paper stash. From online billing to important documents saved to the cloud. Take a look at what you need to save and what can trash.
  5. Evaluate the kitchen
    Simplify meal time. Don’t over buy at the store, look for portions that fit your family. Eat perishables before they go bad and dispose of what does goes bad quickly. Remember the size of your family when cooking, so large portions of food don’t go to waste. Remember to make the most of leftovers when you can.
  6. Be happy with what you have
    Focus on things that bring you joy in your life, or make your life easier. Being content with the items you do have help you feel more content.
  7. Take a hard look at your closet
    This does not mean you have to nose dive in the style department. Consider buying high quality basics and mixing in more trendy items. A minimalist style never goes out of fashion.
  8. Right size your life
    This is about more than your house. Is your car the right size for you and your family? Smaller spaces are easier to maintain and feel more cozy. Downsizing can even save you money and cleaning time.

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