Take a quick look around your home. Do you have an abundance of “stuff”? If so, this post will be perfect for you! Follow along to learn the details.
The solution to your “stuff” problem could very well be minimalism. Minimalism by definition is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. Essentially, you are cleansing your life of the things you don’t need.
I’m sure you’re wondering how minimalism and frugality tie together. Everything I’ve ever read on being frugal has included something on minimalism. They are both about making reductions. With frugality you are making reductions to the amount of money you are spending. Minimalism has you making reductions to the amount of belongings you have.
Minimalism also helps you save money! Like frugality, being a minimalist helps you realize spending money and surrounding yourself with an abundance of things doesn’t bring happiness. Removing extras and excess from your life helps you realize you finally have enough. Once you finally make this realization, you will begin saving more money. As an added bonus, there will also be less clutter in your life.
If you have decided that you want to give minimalism a try, I suggest starting small. Go into a room, preferably a small, desolate room. The less stuff in the room, the better, at least in the beginning. Gather what you can in the middle of the room. Grab each item individually; this is where you have a decision to make. Ask yourself these questions:
- How often do I use this?
- Is there someone I know that could use this?
- Could I donate this?
- Is this broken, outdated, outgrown, or just taking up space?
- Should I show this away?
After asking yourself these questions, place each item into designated piles. One for keeping, one for giving away, one for donation, and one for throwing away.
Bag up the things you are giving away or donating. Grab a trash can or bag and throw away anything deemed unworthy of keeping. Put everything you decided to keep back into its appropriates place. Once you have finished with this room, you can move onto the next. Continue this process in every room in your home.
Well there you have it! You are on your way to living a minimalist lifestyle! Here is a beginners guide to minimalism. Declutter your life and save some money in the process.
What are YOU doing to incorporate minimalism into your life?