Guest post by Mind.Beauty.Simplicity
I’ve been a minimalist for about 5 years now. I decided to go this route because I was tired of filling my life with unnecessary things. I felt overwhelmed by junk & was spending money like it grew on trees.
Now that I started writing about my journey to minimalism & my perspective on things, I receive a good amount of questions on how to even get started in transforming your life to living with less. And today, I wanted to share with you the ways you can slowly become a minimalist or use minimalism in your daily life.
Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what & how things add value to their lives.
By getting rid of what is no longer necessary & serving you, you can then redirect your attention to what is truly important like health, relationships, aspirations, self-growth & experiences.
1. SAY NO TO THE THINGS YOU DON’T NEED
Start by simply telling yourself no to anything unnecessary you wish to have. Starting with the root cause of consumerism can be the best way to get a jump on the shift in less is more mindset. Refrain from any impulse purchases or buying everything you want.
As a challenge, you can also participate in a low buy year which I discuss on my blog in another post.
2. THINK BEFORE YOU BUY
It’s ok to want things, but a lot of times if you rush into purchasing things, you tend to regret those purchases. So, pause & think about what you wish to own.
Make a wish list & look back at it at a later time.
3. SAVE ON HIGH-QUALITY PIECES
Although it may sound strange to purchase more expensive items or clothing, I’m here to tell you in the long run it’s the smarter choice.
Those pieces can last a lot longer than their cheaper alternative.
Quality over quantity should always be the motto.
4. FOCUS ON EXPERIENCES OVER THINGS
Experiences will always be more meaningful than any material item.
What you leave on this Earth is not what you bought but the memories and relationships you made along the way.
So, travel more. Plan events. And spend quality time with people you care about.
5. IT’S A JOURNEY NOT A SPRINT
No person becomes a minimalist overnight. It took time & reflection to get to where I am today. And I’m still learning & improving after each declutter & life situation. So, be patient with yourself.
There is no right or wrong answer to this lifestyle. It’s whatever makes you the happiest.
Thank you, Weird & Liberated for allowing me to guest post on your blog.