“Less is more” is the basic idea behind the new minimalist trend that’s making its way through Instagram feeds and lifestyle blogs everywhere. People are adopting this new way of living with the belief that by decluttering their space and their life, they will end up happier and with less stress.
For some people, becoming a minimalist means getting rid of everything except five articles of clothing — but this isn’t for everybody. Fortunately, there are ways to get the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle without saying goodbye to everything you’ve ever owned. Minimalism in moderation is a more viable option for people who feel this way.
Know Why You’re Doing It
The first step in this journey (and any other journey for that matter) is looking within and finding out why you want to do it. What draws you toward the minimalist lifestyle? What do you think you can gain from this type of living, and how far do you want to take it?
Understanding why you want to try this and knowing what you hope to gain from it will help you decide exactly how to approach it. Do you want a complete cleanse from everything excess? Maybe a more intense approach is for you. Or, do you want to just try this idea out and see what happens? Taking on the the minimalist approach in small steps is probably the way to go.
Minimalism is supposed to make your life simpler and happier, but different things make different people happy — so don’t just follow the trend for the sake of it. Do what feels right for what you want and how you want to feel.
Learn to Appreciate the Small Stuff
The main idea behind minimalism is getting rid of distractions so you can focus on the most important things in your life.
Decide what is important in your own life. What do you want to dedicate the most time and energy to? While decluttering, focus on getting rid of things that take away your attention from those important things.
The idea isn’t to get rid of everything just to get rid of it. The point is strategically simplifying so your life becomes what you want it to.
The last thing you want to have happen is to get rid of everything excess in your life only to find out that this isn’t the lifestyle for you. Dumpster diving doesn’t look good on anyone.
Don’t jump all the way in from the get go. Start with one or two methods to see if you like this way of living. Begin by getting rid of just a few items or by simplifying your diet or budget. Evaluate and declutter one area of your life and maybe the rest will follow!
Find Out If It Works for YOU
The most important idea to take away from this is that adopting a minimalist lifestyle should be done in a way that makes you happy. It’s not about just following a trend. It’s about discovering more about yourself and doing something that creates a life you want.
If you start this minimalist journey and discover it isn’t working for you, there is no need to continue. Remember that first step of understanding what it is you hope to gain from this? If you aren’t getting from it what you wanted, then stop or readjust.
Minimalism isn’t for everybody. It’s a growing fad, but this doesn’t mean it’s foolproof. It works for some people, and it may not work for others. The most important thing is that you’re doing it for the right reasons — and the right reason is for YOU!
How are you embracing minimalism in moderation in your own life?