Being a minimalist has many benefits. Many people say they feel less stressed when they have fewer things. Many people also say that they are able to save money because they are buying less. This may not be easy though. Try the steps to help you be minimal.
#1: Get Rid of Multiples
This is a great first step. If you have more than one of something, it is much easier to say goodbye to one of them. Obviously, if you have two of the same object, like a mixer, it is easy to part with one of them. Think a little deeper about each item you have. If you have a mixer and a blender, do you need both? Can you get rid of the mixer and use the blender to mix things? Probably. This is the first step to minimalism. If you have multiple items you can even sell those to make extra cash. You can list them on sites like LetGo and Craigslist.
#2: Multi-purpose Items Are a Must
Like the example above, the blender now serves as two small appliances. If you have an ottoman, be sure it serves as storage as well. It is time to check the closet. I know. Clothes can be hard to part with, but it is a must. Make sure each piece has many options. Save bottoms, like jeans, that can be worn with many tops. It may be time to part with those sequin pants that looked amazing, that one time you wore them. Unique items like that should go.
#3: Be Strict with Your Budget
If you are tempted with great deals or extreme savings, this can be difficult. When you are at the store and you see 50% off, you may get excited. Don’t buy it. If you are serious about keeping things minimal, you will have to say no. Make a budget that covers just your needs, not your wants. Sticking to a tight budget will help you say no to the extra, unneeded things.
#4: Say No to Hand Me Downs
Everyone likes things that are free, but they can lead you to keep more things than you need. If someone offers you a free recliner, you may be excited to have it, but ask yourself if you really need it or just want it. Remember, you are trying to get rid of things and declutter, not add things.
#5: Do a Trial Run
The idea of living minimally may seem great, but in actuality it is hard. You can start with just an area to keep minimal. Start with your bedroom or living room. Remove as much as you can, and see how you feel.
If you think you are ready to go all in, try removing as much as you can from your home. Don’t sell it or give it away yet. Contact a storage facility or store it at your parents home. Live minimally for a month and see how you feel. You may be ready to go get all of your belongings after two weeks or you may just feel that this is the way to live. Do a trial run before making a big decision.
Being a minimalist can be such a freeing experience. You may find that you have more time because you have less cleaning and less laundry. You may find that you are able to save money because you have less impulse buying. Before going all in, try these smalls steps to be sure this is the lifestyle for you.