Would you like to make the move towards a more minimalist lifestyle?
Put simply, a minimalist lifestyle is all about living with less. The idea behind it is that the more ‘stuff’ you have, the more time and money you spend maintaining it. And while we all need some things in our lives to be comfortable, there are many other things that we don’t really need.
A minimalist lifestyle can help us live a simpler life and save on costs, but how do we get started?
Choosing multi-purpose items such as linen fabric by the yard, which can be turned into various household textiles, or furniture that serves more than one function, can make your journey towards a minimalist lifestyle easier.
Here are some more tips for embracing a minimalist lifestyle in your home.
Declutter your space
Get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy or serve a purpose. It’s tough to stay motivated when you’re surrounded by lots of possessions and clutter, so it’s a good idea to say goodbye to things that don’t add value to your life.
As well as helping you live a more minimalist lifestyle, a good old declutter feels really satisfying!
Repurpose unwanted items
Once you’ve completed your home declutter, you will probably have some unwanted possessions. You could sell these, or donate them to charity.
Keep only the essentials that bring you joy. Doing this will help to create a minimalist living space which in itself will inspire you to keep things simple.
When shopping, try to think about what you truly need, and buy only those things. It’s not as difficult as it might sound, as long as we’re aware of how much we really need in order to live a comfortable life. Of course, this is all up to your personal preferences – you can take the minimalist lifestyle as far as is comfortable for you.
Before you buy something, ask yourself if you can make do with what you already have. Just because something is new doesn’t mean you’ll love using it! Remember also that it’s OK to use something you already own until it’s worn out – there’s no need to replace something just because it’s getting old.
Reducing the number of times you physically buy things is also a good way to reduce your consumption and avoid those impulse purchases. Creating a shopping list for groceries and things you need on a regular basis will help here.
The more we become aware of our spending habits and learn how to handle our money, the easier it will be to create a minimalist lifestyle that works for us and makes us happy.
Simplify your way of living
Having too many responsibilities or thinking that we have to do everything is the main obstacle when trying to live a minimalist lifestyle. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks and chores, but we must remember to stop and be mindful of what it is that makes us happy.
This is easier said than done, of course! But you can take small steps by trying some basic mindfulness exercises, or scheduling some time for a hobby or family activity.
Being more organised is another good way to simplify your day-to-day life, and it can help to reduce stress levels too.
You could start with that declutter we’ve already mentioned. Another option is to make lists of your possessions, and organise them by category. This works well with things like clothes and bedding, and makes it much quicker and easier to find what you’re looking for.
Having too many things lying around can make it difficult to relax and enjoy your surroundings, so try to keep your home tidy and clean. A cleaning schedule will help you to stay organised here.
Embracing DIY projects around the home is a brilliant way to live a more minimalist lifestyle. If you can make an item yourself instead of buying it, you will save money and limit your impact on the planet.
One hobby that can really help you reduce consumption and save money is sewing. If you learn how to sew, you can buy cotton or linen fabric and craft your own home accessories, or even clothes.
Other hobbies such as cooking and gardening can also fit really well with a minimalist lifestyle.
It’s simple to start living a more minimalist lifestyle at home, but before you do, consider why you’re taking that step. Do you want to save money? Is there just too much stuff in your house right now? Or is it something else entirely? It’s a good idea to think through the reason you’re starting this lifestyle, and then build your plan of action. Minimalist living isn’t for everyone but it certainly has it’s benefits, and there are lots of easy ways to live with less at home.
Do you try to embrace a minimalist lifestyle? Share your tips in the comments.