Minimalism is a growing trend, for all the right reasons. This latest lifestyle trend encourages people, in a world full of excess and new, new, new, to be more intentional about their surroundings, purchases, and overall livelihood. This can benefit your finances, declutter your life, and create a general better sense of wellness.
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Of course it’s difficult waking up one day and starting a brand new minimalist life.That being said, if you are considering this lifestyle change here are some ideas to get started on incorporating minimalism into your home and everyday life.
Make a List, Check It Twice
Organization is easily the first and most important step in any minimalist journey. Going through everything that is currently cluttering your home, office, and even mind can be a great way to cleanse yourself of unnecessary stress and disarray. Moreover, minimalist organization can lend itself to other unexpected areas of your life such as your social media, email inbox, and even decisions such as going paperless with your bills and magazines.
A great mantra to have while getting organized is if it doesn’t truly make you happy, let it go: pieces in your wardrobe, decorations in your house, old (toxic) friends on Facebook, you get the picture. Less is always more in a minimalist life but starting small and working your way up to a proper purge can help make the transition a lot smoother and less overwhelming. Create a list and a time frame and work towards achieving your minimalist goals. You can feel accomplished with your progress while also reaping those wellness benefits of minimalism.
Speaking of starting small, to begin your minimalist purge try starting with one room at a time in your house. The bedroom is a great place to begin as you likely spend the most time there—it’s also where you probably have a lot of clutter hidden. Furthermore, bedrooms tends to be our safe haven away from roommates, work, and the general stressors of life. Creating a minimalist bedroom can help eliminate distractions and make you more intentional with your surroundings.
Bringing in more elements of wellness into your bedroom (and removing the things that aren’t) can make those times when you need an escape even more beneficial to your well-being. Remember, while minimalism is about eliminating unnecessary items, it’s also about keeping things that bring value to your life. With that in mind, adding items to your bedroom that have a unique purpose and benefit can be just as useful as cleaning out the clutter.
For example, consider removing the TV in your room and adding a bookcase full of your favorite books, as well as new ones you’re looking forward to reading. What about the art in your bedroom? Does it have a genuine organization and purpose to it, or is it just a random collection you’ve acquired throughout the years? Furthermore, what elements are missing that can enrich your mental health: do you have curtains, a place for storage, comfortable bedding? Remember, minimalism is really about your well-being, while also reducing your impact on Mother Nature. Utilizing pieces that inspire wellness can create the perfect space for you without cluttering your home (and mind) up.
Incorporating minimalism into your wellness plan can seem intimidating at first. However, you’ll soon realize the benefits this kind of life can have on your physical and mental well-being. Eliminating stress and clutter creates a place for you to exist more contently, without feeling suffocated by the materialistic desires constantly surrounding us. Good luck!