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Declutter Your Life With Minimalism

June 1, 2020

Life seems to be getting busier and busier, so we’ve decided to help you manage your crammed schedule and cluttered mind by exploring the art of minimalism.

Although many people perceive minimalism as simply getting rid of personal belongings and creating restrictions in your lifestyle, it can actually be used to achieve freedom and help you reach your goals without dropping every single thing you own off at a thrift store.

Benefits of Minimalism

apple watch on floorThe benefits of minimalism are almost countless. It can drive improvement and simplicity across many aspects of your life, help with clarity of mind, reduce stress, and provide you with more free time, greater purpose, and self-confidence as well as some extra money and better relationships.

How to Get Started

folding laundryThere’s nothing wrong with owning material possessions but assigning proper value to the items you own and getting rid of things that aren’t needed can help declutter both your mind and home.

Determine what areas of your life could use more organization and begin by tossing away old or damaged belongings, listing things of value you no longer have a use for on eBay or declutter, and donating unwanted clothing.

If you’re feeling hesitant or need some additional inspiration, check out Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix for some great tips and advice.

You can also read this 101 Items To Get Rid Of Without Regret list, which will help you figure out the most painless possessions to get rid of.

30 Day Challenge

journal with notesTaking part in a 30 day challenge is a great way to spend a month building minimalist habits, turning what can seem like a huge burden into a temporary or permanent routine.

Find a friend or family member to participate in the challenge with you. On day one, get rid of your first item, on day two get rid of two items, remove three on day three, etc. until you reach 30 items on day 30.

Anything can go including collectables, decorations, kitchenware, electronics, furniture, bedding, clothes, towels, tools, and anything else you wish to part with.

Whether you donate the items, sell them, or throw them away, they must be out of your house each day by midnight.

Whoever keeps going the longest wins, or you both win if you make it to the end of 30 days. Following through all the way to the end will result in 465 things being decluttered.

Use the hashtag #MinsGame to find other people playing the game.

Maintaining Minimalism

living room couchMaintaining minimalist habits is an ongoing battle, so make sure to keep the right mindset by remembering what drew you to minimalism in the first place. It’s a way of removing unnecessary things to make way for what’s truly important.

Appreciate your freshly organized space and continue to edit your possessions on a regular basis.

If you’re looking for daily encouragement, connect with the minimalism community for more great ideas! Sites like Zen Habits and Mindful are good places to start.

Minimalism isn’t about empty houses or rules. It’s about being able to focus on your values and what really matters to you. The ultimate goal is to spend less time on what doesn’t bring you joy or fulfillment and more time on the things that do.

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