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Like millions of others, I could not stop thinking after watching The Minimalists on Netflix. If you’ve not watched it, it’s about two guys who realise they are unfulfilled in their six figure salary jobs and houses full of possessions. They start focusing on what’s truly important and it’s there that they find Minimalism.
Linked tightly with slow living, Minimalism the idea of reducing your attachment to materialism and letting go to make space for true happiness and fulfillment.
I realised that just three years on from graduation I had done nothing with my hard earned money except buy stuff. Yeah I took a four week trip round the States and Canada and a short trip to Budapest but aside from that I’d be spending and spending with not much to show.
I managed to fill a two bedroom house (with two reception rooms, large kitchen and several large storage cupboards) full to the brim with things. Most of these things hadn’t been used or even looked at in the entire time I’d lived in said house. They were simply the product of depression, misery and a weight on my back.
I felt sick.
I realised that I felt guilty for spending my time earning just to buy all of this (let’s face it) crap. I was holding onto literally hundreds, maybe in the thousands of things that didn’t add any value to my life.
And so, over a matter of months, I became a minimalist.
Months and months have passed since I first watched that documentary and since then I’ve done plenty of research into this idea of leading a simpler life. In January 2017, I started my journey. Now by all means I’m not done with it, it’s a long process, but I’m most of the way there and here’s how I did it…
C L E A R O U T Y O U R H O M E
It all starts with a big fat de-cluttering weekend as you can’t even begin to minimise without this step. Get rid of anything you’ve not used or touched or appreciated owning in the past three months. Be ethical when throwing things out and make sure that any unwanted items go to good use instead of allowing your unwanted things to go straight into a landfill.
R E A D U P O N M I N I M A L I S M
Everybody’s version of minimalism looks different and before you determine what your looks like it’s well worth doing your research. I made the decision to minimise almost every part of my home aside from books and records, ain’t nobody gonna convince me to give those up. There are tons of great documentaries, books, blogs and podcasts you can get into to help you on your journey to minimalism – here’s a handy post I wrote listing some minimalist literature.
P R O J E C T 3 3 3
Back in the new year I started to take part in a 3 month minimal fashion challenge called Project 333 (read about it here) which encourages participants to make the most of their wardrobes by cutting them down to just 33 items for a three month period. I’m reaping the benefits and feeling a lot better about myself for wearing all of my clothes and not having a room piled high with unworn tops and dresses!
M A K E I N T E N T I O N A L P U R C H A S E S
Be considerate with your purchases, ensuring they are both ethical and sensible. Don’t make purchases that make you feel guilty or add to the clutter in your home and there’s really no point throwing away things if you’re then going to fill your home back up with new things again, so follow these simple rules to make the best possible choices with your money.
P L A Y T H E M I N I M A L I S T G A M E
The Minimalist Game is super simple; on day one you get rid of 1 item, on day two 2 items and day 3 three items. Carry on this way for an entire month and you’ll find yourself becoming a minimalist in just four-five weeks! It starts to get really hard about two weeks in but it’s a great chance to de-clutter and get rid of unwanted DVD’s, books, clothes and other un-used possessions.
D O N ‘ T S P L U R G E
If you’re prone to a payday shopping spree then only allow yourself one payday treat and make it something that adds value to your life or brings you joy, everything else you buy must be a necessity. I like to go for a book or a record of a new item of clothing to replace something else in my wardrobe (always follow the one-in-one-out rule!)
are you thinking about starting your path to minimalism? are you already there and have tips to share with me? leave a comment below
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