Over the past few months, I have gotten a lot of questions of how to become a minimalist, as well as others listed below here. It really isn’t difficult, as long as you’ve gotten your mindset in check.
But with all of the questions I’ve gotten, I thought it would be fun to dive into each of them separately to give you actionable information that can help you transform your life.
Here are some of the questions I have gotten over the past few months:
- How to become a minimalist?
- What are the benefits to becoming a minimalist?
- How can you fit it into your schedule?
- Is there more to it than decluttering?
Over the next few weeks, we will break down what minimalism is, looks like, and feels like. The best thing about minimalism is that everyone’s journey is different; no two journey’s are identical! There is no wrong way to be a minimalist!
With knowing that before we get started, you definitely cannot loose!
This week, I am answering the following question:
Why would you want to become a minimalist?
You are tired of the clutter. //
Things sneak into our home each and every day. Sometimes we deal with these things immediately, and sometimes they accumulate.
Over time, things may start to pile up into mounds until they become so unbearable that we finally clean and organize it all. Dealing with clutter seems inevitable, but what if you did not have to deal with it anymore?
Decluttering or uncluttering your home makes the daily routine seem easier to manage. Having a home for everything you own makes tidying for the day a breeze!
Removing everything from your home that is not necessary will free up space and time. This reason alone is why I started my minimalism journey!
Related Post: How To Cut Cleaning Time In Half
You are tired of things owning you instead of you owning them. //
This kind of goes along with my first reason, but it varies slightly. You can own your things, and have clutter. -OR- You can have clutter, because your things own you. When you allow things to own you, life gets a little more difficult.
Some examples of this is feeling guilt when you think of getting rid of it [through donating, selling, or tossing]. You may have spent a lot of money on it, were gifted it, or something you have a sentimental attachment to it.
So instead of getting rid of it, you keep it. You let it take up space in your home. You let it control whether or not it stays.
Let me just say, I know exactly how this feels!
I have dealt with this personally, and here is the best advice I can give in this situation:
None of the reasons you are trying to keep this item are reasonable [direct right?].
If it was gifted to you, know that person does not want you to hold onto it out of guilt. They do not want you to suffer with it, if you do not enjoy it.
If you spent a lot of money on this item, remember you bought that item; it did not buy you. You can break up with it whenever you are ready, but it cannot break up with you!
If this item has sentimental value and that is the only reason you are keeping it, take a picture of it and pass it onto someone who will appreciate it.
More people struggle with being owned by their things, than realizing that they are in charge of what they own. If you are one of these people, I pray you are open to seeing the truth.
I was definitely a part of this group, and when I realized the difference, letting go was much easier.
Related Post: How to Determine What Stays or Leaves?
You want to be less stressed and/or anxious. //
I could write for days on how minimalism improved what I stressed about or was anxious about. At times, my daily routine was more than I could bare. It was miserable living with it, too.
One thing I learned along the way is that our sensory levels can alter how we feel. If there are things all over the counters, shoes spread all over the house, and/or piles of things to sort through, our minds will continually process this as things we need to do. When things are where they are put away and clean, our minds feel at rest.
If our sensory levels are in overdrive, it can create stress and anxiety like you would not believe! I personally struggle with grocery shopping on the weekends, because of all the things occurring and people shopping.
My sensory levels go into overdrive, and sometimes I have to leave it gets so bad. However, if I grocery shop during slower times, I actually enjoy myself.
The same thing with my home. If my home is messy, I cannot relax. But if my home is tidy and all the laundry is folded and put away, my muscles loosen; and I can rest.
Minimalism helps with this, because we reduce our possession to what we love and/or use. Each item has a purpose and home. There is no reason to have things sprawled out everywhere when you have designated a home for all of it.
Related Post: Anxiety: My Battle Before & After Minimalism
You want the freedom to travel. //
One thing I wish I could do more of is travel, but it is hard when I have a lot of responsibilities, such as loans, pets, farm animals, etc.
A few of my friends travel the world. They reduced their responsibilities and possessions, because they made traveling the world a priority.
Do you dream of travel the world? Do you dream of taking off on a whim for a week to explore? Minimalism can definitely help guide you there, if that is what you want!
I admire those who can travel with all they own fitting into a single backpack. They find work wherever they go, so that they can experience these places for months at a time. The greatest part is, if that is what you want, you can achieve it!
You want to chase your dreams. //
This is a big thing to a lot of people! With all the excess, it can be difficult to discover your dreams or even work towards them. By removing the excess, we have a chance to focus and hone in on what we want.
As a minimalist, I have personally worked harder towards my dreams. I am a student again, blogging about my passion, slowly getting into farming, helping my husband start his own business, and so much more.
Without first removing what was blocking my focus, I would not have started any of these! In fact, all of these started at the time or after I became a minimalist! [Crazy right?!]
So, what are some of your dreams? What is holding you back from chasing after them? Is it the lack of mental energy or all the excess surrounding you?
I used to think I did not deserve to work towards my dreams. I thought there was no way I could actually do them, so why try? Well let me tell you something. I WAS WRONG!
Taking one small step each day towards my dreams has landed me closer to achieving them than I ever thought I could be.
And you can, too! Just get rid of everything that is holding you back from getting started! YOU CAN DO IT!
Now you know why you should become a minimalist! I hope it provides some clarity about what minimalism can do for you.
Remember, it is simply a tool to get to where you want to be, and there is no right or wrong way to live this particular lifestyle.
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