Getting Started With a Minimalist Lifestyle
I never thought I’d lean toward a “minimalist” lifestyle, but I’m headed in that direction at a rapid pace. After gathering information about what it means to be a “minimalist” I drew a much better understanding and appreciation for what it really means. Here are some great tips on how you too can adopt minimalist behavior. I assure you these tips will help you de-clutter, de-stress and save money!
5 WAYS TO GET STARTED WITH MINIMALISM
Attack your closet!
HOW TO: Shop quality, not quantity
TIP: Invest in pieces that will last a long time, rather than those you may get rid of months later.
HOW TO: Digitalize what you can
TIP: Reduce waste and spend less by renting books, movies and track your budget online.
Make space for what’s important
HOW TO: Eliminate, eliminate, eliminate
TIP: Cut out items, relationships, or activities that may not be serving you every few months.
Spend less time looking for things
HOW TO: Use a filing system
TIP: Download an easily accessible budgeting app to track all of your expenses in one place
Be kinder to the earth and your wallet
HOW TO: Invest in reusables
TIP: Carry around a reusable water bottle that you love instead of buying disposable ones on the go
5 MONEY-SAVING MINIMALISM BEST PRACTICES
Invest in experiences
HOW TO: Choose to put your time and energy into things that inspire you.
MONEY TIP: You may discover a new hobby or skill to add to your resume
Re-Audit your life frequently
HOW TO: Keep things that serve you and sell things that distract you.
MONEY TIP: Sell what you don’t want online or donate to those in need
Cut meaningless expenses
HOW TO: Re-evaluate your monthly spending habits and cut out any unnecessary expenses.
MONEY TIP: Rather than buying clothes every month, contribute that money to your savings.
Let go of things you can’t control
HOW TO: Stay present by practicing yoga or meditation to stay calm even during the busiest of times.
MONEY TIP: Check out online resources or free classes to practice in the comfort of your own home.
Appreciate what you have
HOW TO: Start off your mornings with writing down 5 things you’re thankful for.
MONEY TIP: Most of the time, when you appreciate what you have, you may desire to buy less.