We live in a day and age where material possessions have become very important for our day-to-day lives. And although these possessions can be extremely beneficial to us, many of us have been taught to keep things “just in case”, or have developed the idea that we need something new, something more, something better. The commercialization of our society has buried our feelings of fulfillment and has instead embedded dissatisfaction in our souls. And the plain old doggone honest truth is, many of us know deep down that our hoarding tendencies are only adding clutter in our homes, our lives, and our emotional wellbeings.
Minimalism is a journey I’m also new to, but it has been a very fulfilling, clarity-finding experience thus far. It may sound silly to refer to ridding of things as a spiritual awakening, but the abandonment of all things unnecessary has allowed me to feel lighter and even, dare I say… Less stressed. Knowing exactly where every item is located, using a product until it has completely been finished, feeling like you have enough, and saving loads of money = A calm, cool, collected gal.
No matter where you are in your minimalist expedition, it will always be an evolving one. And perhaps that’s the fun part of it all. We move on, we change, we grow. And we don’t have to keep holding onto our past belongings. In the lovely words of Maya Angelou, “Words are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally into you.” And since none of us are perfect, and we all have our fair share of negative emotions, moments, and energies—Perhaps some new surroundings are in order, hm? 🙂
Here are the first 3 steps you can take to become a minimalist.
1. Write it down
Make a list of everything you want to change, everything that angers you, and everything you need to improve on. The impact of something as simple as using a pen and paper, can have a very transformative effect on your organization skills and your mental health. Here is why this is an important step.
2. Remove nonessentials from your most cluttered space
Begin by looking around and identifying the most cluttered room or space in your life. Is it your bedroom? I know for many of us it is! If you’re looking for closet essentials, here’s a minimalist wardrobe checklist to help you get started. Make sure to get rid of any hair products you no longer use, pants you’ve owned for over 1 year that haven’t been worn, and your 30 crusted up nail polishes. Do you feel triggered yet? 😀
How’s your office looking? 45 old pens? 3 staplers? 7 trinkets? They got to go. What about your kitchen? Your basement? Your living room? Your car? You get the idea. Even if your items work properly or seem useful, it’s unnecessary to own more than one.
3. Surpass material objects
The minimalist journey isn’t solely based on tangible gadgets, it also involves and encompasses your wellbeing and your happiness. Remove negative people and energies from your life—Whether it has to mean changing jobs, cities, neighborhoods, friends, family members. Whatever you feel in the pit of your stomach that makes you feel less than airy, move on from it. This doesn’t necessarily need to be done overnight, but once you identify what’s holding you back, emotional stress will no longer be welcomed in your life.
Do you think you could be a minimalist? Which steps have you already taken?