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what is minimalism?
minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important to you.
Below you will find 10 tips on how to incorporate minimalism into your life and how to adopt a healthier, simpler mentality.
Read Marie Kondo’s book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and get busy. It’s as much about tidying as it is changing your mindset. Keep in mind that there is a right and wrong way to tidy, so make sure you start off right with Marie's book. She states that, if done correctly and in one quick swoop, you only need to tidy once!
You can grab Marie’s book here.
2. When you want or need something, make a list.
Don't give into impulse buys. Keep a list of things you want or need. When you find something you like, take time to think about it. Research one with the most quality. Think about where it will live and how often you will use it. Consider whether you "need" it or simply "want" it. And always, of course, make sure it 100% brings you joy. You may realize that you need much less than you thought.
3. Don't just focus on getting rid of things or owning less.
Minimalism isn't just about getting rid of excess. It's about making space in your life for the things that you LOVE and then getting rid of the things that you don’t. This can include possessions, mentalities, projects, relationships, etc. Find what’s important to YOU and make it a part of your life.
4. Protect your time and keep commitments to yourself (no matter what).
Do things that you love. Ex: passion projects, enjoying a cup of tea, taking relaxing baths, going for walks, yoga, journaling, cooking/baking, singing or playing music, drawing, doing a puzzle, working on your side hustle, etc. Make time for the things that make you happy and make you "you" everyday. It’s a balance of finding work that you love doing, practicing self-care, and making time to relax.
5. Avoid distractions.
Turn off all notifications and put away your phone. Practice focusing. One thing that's great for this is meditation, so pick your app and get meditating. Work on being in the moment whether you're working on a project, eating lunch, or spending time with your mum - be there 100%.
6. Don't try to be productive 24/7.
Take time for yourself. Especially if you work from home or for yourself, it’s easy to always find something to work on. But try not to. Structure your work hours and make sure you relax and recharge for a couple of hours everyday.
7. Don't multitask.
It drains you, stresses you, and you don’t even necessarily get more done. Take one thing at a time, and try taking a 5 minute break every 30 minutes to walk around and stretch.
Anything you can reuse - do. Things like plastic bags or glass bottles are easily reusable. Or buy reusable versions of items, like these produce bags. There’s also reusable food wraps, sandwich bags, and even reusable paper towels. Not only do all of these things keep waste at a minimum, but they save you some jingle.
9. Simplify meals.
Plan your meals at the beginning of the week and base your meals off of produce that is in-season. Not only will this save you time in figuring out what to make for meals, but it will save you money as well, as seasonal produce is cheaper (and much more delicious).
10. LOVE YOURSELF.
In order to give ourselves to others and to our passions in life, we first have to love ourselves. Take time to get to know you; the things you love, how you are feeling, what part of the day is your favorite, what books you enjoy, what subjects you'd like to learn more about, qualities you love about yourself, etc. Don’t let your mind convince you that you are anything short of amazing.