I recently posted an article about how and why I follow the principle of minimalism in my life. After watching the documentary entitled Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, I have gained more insights and it made my belief stronger.
In addition to that, seeing successful people leave their high paying jobs to live in minimal, gives me the motivation that I can do the same. Not on quitting from work at the moment though. I still need the money to save and invest. I can apply minimalism on the simple things of not buying stuff that has no value to me and on decluttering.
Here are my ways of how I practice minimalism in my already simple life for the past years.
1. Set your mind on the goal.
Everything you do that will affect your life will require a determined mind. Before becoming a minimalist, you have to think hard why you’re doing it and how it will impact your life. Because it will.
Aim for a stress-free and happier life.
2. Get rid of valueless stuff
This step is the most important yet difficult thing to do. In minimalism, you always have to ask if a thing has a value to you. It may also have a value now but how about tomorrow or next week? Again, ask this question when getting rid of stuff.
This is hard to do at first but it gets easier once you get used to.
What is a better use of your valueless stuff than to donate it to help other people? Your things could be useful to others. So, rather than keeping those at home which will only occupy your space, give them to people who greatly need them. Surely, you’ll feel good for not only letting go of stuff but to know that you have helped others too.
4. Don’t buy on an impulse.
This is the second most difficult tip on the list in my opinion. This will require discipline and self-control because people will always want to buy things they find beautiful or useful on the spot.
The problem comes after buying when they realized that they actually don’t really need it. That’s when regret comes in.
5. Think before buying.
This is in connection to buying on an impulse because before buying things, you must always ask the question, “Will this thing give value to my life today and in the future?”.
Additionally, a material thing will have different levels of need to different people. Be wary of things that you see is valuable to others but actually isn’t to you.
6. Shop less
Minimalism is about decluttering and not acquiring more stuff. Constant shopping will defer the idea. Obviously, if you love shopping that you find it hard to stop yourself, minimalism might be a real challenge to you.
7. Inspire your family and friends.
Share the information you learned to your special people. Encourage a friend or family member to try and practice the same. It will be less difficult when you have someone to work with. In times of weakness and doubt, there’ll be someone who has your back and will give support when needed.
8. Be content
Gah! This one is a hard one. How do you teach yourself to be content? I guess this is a skill that everyone can work on individually.
For me, always counting my blessings work. Reminding myself that I have more than what some people may have in terms of food, security, opportunities, etc. keeps me on my toes.
9. Save and invest
One financial benefit of minimalism is that you’ll be able to save money. Saving and investing is a good habit to practice so that in the future, you will be prepared for the unforeseen things. Having the means will allow you to pursue your dreams and live your life the best you could be.
10. Be happy and proud.
Gah! Another hard one. How can you be happy?
Again, it’s a personal question because happiness is different to everyone.
Nowadays, people get confused about the effect of stuff to life. We are blinded to believe that if one person has more stuff, that person is happy. Duh!
I highly disagree! Think about those people who have lots of stuff but, come on, do you really think they’re happy? I don’t think so.
11. Find healthy hobbies.
If you have fewer things, most likely, things will get boring especially nowadays that people are not used to doing nothing. We easily get distracted because of the convenience of technology.
When you have no smartphones, internet, etc, just find and try new hobbies that will benefit your individuality. It could be doing exercises or sports, painting or solving math problems.
12. Stay strong against media and technology.
The use of technology can be very useful when done appropriately. But don’t use it as your life revolves around it.
Media can also mistakenly promote products that will lead people to do the exact opposite of minimalism which is buying and spending.
Stay focused on the goal!
These are only a few words that carry big meanings.
Less material stuff will give you more peace.
More family time!
More time for socialization!
More appreciation for simple things!
More chances of saving and investing!
A happier life!
Do you practice minimalism?
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