I’ve always been the type of person to accumulate and keep a lot of items, I’ve even kept clothes that I no longer wore because it brought back memories (so silly, right?). The same goes for makeup products, I have literally more than 50 lipsticks but I only wear the same shade or more precisely the same lipstick every single time I go outside. But that completely changed a couple of years ago, I still find it hard to let go of makeup products and I still am a makeup hoarder but when it comes to other products and items – I’ve learnt to let them go.
I realised that keeping items that I no longer used wasn’t only a burden but it was also taking unnecessary space in my home. Living in a minimalist way doesn’t necessarily mean that you live with nothing. On the contrary, it’s more about living in a much simpler way. In today’s post, I wanted to share with you 3 steps on how to approach a minimalist life. As always, if you are interested – keep on reading!
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STEP 1 | KNOWING WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
I would always recommend to take a look at what you, you don’t realise how many items you have until you take a good look at it. There is a big chance that you might notice that you have a lot more items than you expected. Take notes of everything you have then prepare the things you want to get rid of. This might be a difficult step if you hoard onto certain items but always ask yourself if you have any other similar items or if you don’t have this particular item in your closet or in your home, would it make a huge difference – you will find your answer there.
You can also keep another pile of items that you aren’t really sure of, in case you change your mind. My personal motto is to get rid of anything that hasn’t served you the last 6 months. This is a great way to ensure that you aren’t making any rash decisions and throwing things without thinking properly and it will help you clear your mind as well.
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STEP 2 | DECLUTTER YOUR DIGITAL LIFE
You shouldn’t only focus on physical items but you should also focus on your digital items as well which in this case is your laptop/desktop, phone, etc. There is no point clearing your space at home, if your digital space is all cluttered. When it comes to your laptop/desktop, empty your trash, delete or move files from the ‘Downloads’ folder, delete unused apps/folders/programs, organise your folders & files, etc.
Most of the digital clutter happens in your emails! Unsubscribe from any newsletters that no longer interest you, sort your important emails and move them in a folder, etc. If you keep a lot of stuff on your phone then you definitely need to do a digital detox. Delete the apps that you no longer use, organise your apps, delete pictures that you don’t need, sort your contacts, etc.
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STEP 3 | CREATE A MINIMALIST MINDSET
Being minimalist isn’t only a thought, it’s a mindset that you need to create otherwise you won’t be able to implement anything in the long run. I personally think that having a minimalist mindset is way more important than decluttering physical items in your home. Having a minimalist mindset is all about living with awareness. Being intentional in your daily actions and knowing why you are making the choices you are making.
You should ask yourself some questions before you buy something. Note that there isn’t anything wrong with splurging, you are the one who worked hard for the money you earn so you are allowed to treat yourself but it shouldn’t come to a point that you don’t have any savings or any money left in your account. Ask yourself if you really need it or if it’s something that you can buy at a lower price point.
If having this item will make you extremely happy and you know in your heart that you will be using it on a regular basis then go for it! Minimalism is a lifestyle that is very subjective and personal, we all have different dreams, different tastes, different personalities and above all different priorities that’s why it’s important to do what’s right for you.
Your only goal should be to find out what is important to you and to minimise or eliminate all distractions. Focus on the essentials, find out what makes you happy, what matters and what doesn’t in your home and in your life. Minimalism is a personal journey that requires you to be very much in tune with your inner self. The reason why most people declutter their home is because it’s easier and it is a good place to start when it comes to this journey. What I really advise you to do is live your life, not based on what you think you should do or how others think you should do but on how you want to live your life.
Thank you so much for reading! – xo N