The Beginners Guide to Minimalism

Why Minimalism?

You might be wondering, why minimalism? If you really take a look at all the time you spend organizing your clutter, let’s be real here, its a lot! Let’s take into consideration work, kids activities, time for marriage, ourselves and not to mention all the time spent on things not necessarily planned for. Which would you rather be doing? Spending the week organizing clutter or with your family experiencing life.

“If you don’t prioritize your time, someone else will.”

Greg Mckeown author of Essentialism, the Disciplined Pursuit of Less

This quote really hit me. I constantly allowed my time to be prioritized by all the things. No more hours spent on Pinterest looking for “how to organize” motivation. What I needed was less stuff, not more ways to organize. I took minimalism a step further, looked at the same principles of de-cluttering my home and began to apply them to my daily schedule. With a calendar review, I looked at ways I can simplify our already jam-packed day.

During the calendar review, I found that I wasn’t loving all the things I was doing and needed to make a change and minimalism became the tool to do just that!

What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is discovering what you love and embracing abundance through your experiences and time. Simply put, it’s living with less to have a life of MORE!

There’s this preconceived notion that minimalism is getting rid of absolutely everything you own and while that can be true for some, it’s really what you make it. It’s not a challenge to see how much you can live without, but deciding what is essential to you and living with only the things that you love. 

How to get started with Minimalism

It’s important to understand what minimalism is for you, what it looks like and how you can benefit from living a more simple and intentional life.

Without understanding what you want to get out of adopting minimalist living into your life you may be most likely to give up on it. This isn’t a race to the finish line. You’re adopting a lifestyle change for the better. Understand WHY you are looking to simplify. Why did you find yourself clicking on this post?

Ask yourself: 

  • How can minimalism benefit me?
  • What do I want minimalism to do for me?  
  • How will I feel when I’ve accomplished this? 
  • What will my life look like? 
  • Will I have more time, less stress? 
  • Will I enjoy motherhood more? 

Tips for Success in Minimalism

Start Small 

Purging for the first time or even the millionth time can be a daunting task. Start small. It’s important to tackle small areas first so you see instant change and feel successful in your journey. Start with easy first. Work in an area you know you can complete in  30 minutes or less.

Your Declutter Game Plan 

Decide when, what and how you want to declutter. Schedule it as an appointment in your calendar you cannot miss! You know what works for you. Pull out your calendar now and schedule this in. What will be your game plan? Remember, you want to start small. Tackle something you can easily accomplish. Make a game of it. Set a timer or give yourself a number of items you’ll choose to toss right now. I like to set a timer for 15 minutes and see how fast I can purge. You’d be surprised how quickly things go when you race against the timer. 

Develop Routines

Develop routines for decluttering your home and simplifying your life. These routines will naturally turn into habits that stick allowing for you to stay the course in your journey to a more intentional life. When you develop these daily rituals you’ll see the difference immediately with how productive, more organized and less stress you’ll feel. 

Helpful posts to develop routines for minimalism

Books to help with developing habits for life and minimalism  

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg  

High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results by James Clear

Give Yourself Grace

Be patient with yourself. Give yourself forgiveness and grace. Let go of imperfection and understand you’re in this for the long haul. Take your journey one small step at a time. Remember each space you declutter is one more step to a simpler life. 

Resources that helped me stay on my minimalist journey

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Minimalism

There’s no one size fits all. I’ve made minimalism work for me, for what I need it to do. Decide now what minimalist living can do for you.

Let me know in comments what you come up with and where is one area you will begin minimalsing today.

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