How To Begin Living a Minimalist Lifestyle

Living a minimalist lifestyle can actually be a very liberating and worry-free way to live. It reduces stress and concern, and makes your daily life much simpler. This article offers many tips that will help you start adding a more minimalist approach to your daily existence.

First of all, possessions are obstacles that need to be overcome. People have an extraordinary knack of accumulating objects of all shapes and sizes. The key is to sort out what you need and don't need. For this process, you will need to be harsh.

Do not keep things that you 'might' use; instead, consider how much you have used these items within the last few months. If you rarely use something, give it away to someone who needs it. This is true with clothes, exercise equipment, kitchen utensils - everything that you have in the house. This way, you are not only simplifying your life, you are also helping out others. Clothing and shoes are some of the main areas where waste occurs; you have to be strict with yourself when choosing what to keep. Keep the clothes that are versatile enough for you to wear with several different outfits and for a variety of occasions. Make sure that these clothes also match with the other clothing that you keep, and that the items are sturdy enough to offer long lasting wear.

Shoes need to be versatile as well; there's no reason to have twelve pairs of shoes when two or three are just fine. You will be amazed at how much more closet space you'll have left over, and will likely wonder why you had all of that stuff in the first place.

The next area to clean out is the garage and basement, which are both dens of clutter. Have a large garage sale or at least clean out these areas by getting rid of or donating any unused or broken items.

Once you have begun to clean things out, organize what you do have and take care of it. The feelings that will result from this purge of excess possessions will be ones of reduced stress, increased freedom and an overall new perspective. The crucial element is to not fall back on old habits. If you are out shopping and you feel the impulse to buy something, ask yourself why you want this item and what purpose it will serve. Are you simply buying the item on an urge, or is it something that you really need? This is the way to start living a minimalist life.


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