I first learned about minimalism in January 2015, but in September of that year, I decided to live a minimal and simple lifestyle. Since then I have felt less stress, saved more money, and I have felt happier. I’ve decided to live a simple and minimal lifestyle because I was sick of having so many things that I did not like, or use. I was sick of trying to keep up with trends instead of defining my own personal style. I was sick of spending too much money on “essential” items that I needed. Instead I was purchasing a lot of things because I wanted them, not because I needed them.
Living a simple and minimal lifestyle ehas changed my perspective drastically on my surroundings. It has made me want to live life differently, and enjoy life. I have grown to appreciate so many things and people that I did not previously. This was the best decision that I could have ever made for myself.
why i live simply & minimally
When I studied abroad in Beijing, it changed my perspective on every single aspect of my life. By living there, I have changed how I eat, how environmentally conscious I am, and I how I spend money. I am a much happier person that no longer gets stressed over the small things. I’ve learned to stop feeling guilty about making purchases, or missing the latest sale.
I will admit that I was definitely becoming a shopaholic and spending so much money without even thinking about it. I’m not saying that I no longer spend money, I do. But not in the way that I used too. I evaluate my spending habits and purchases more clearly now. Also, I make sure that I am buying essential items that I need instead of spending money just because I have it.
When I was a freshman in college, I remember having my parents purchase me doubles and triples of products that I knew I would need during the year. Still, I would go to the mall with my friends and buy more products. I’d have maybe forty, or more of a similar type of shirt and only wear maybe one of them. I owned so much stuff, which made me feel very overwhelmed. Especially when I couldn’t find something, or didn’t know what I wanted to wear to an event.
I was unable to get away from this mindset until my senior year of college. I happened to come across this website and I began decluttering every single aspect of my life. Since then I have been able to evaluate what I actually own instead of trying to measure up to something that I am not. I can honestly say that I love everything that I own now, and everything I purchase.
how i live simply
I live simply by slowing down my life, taking time to read books, and planning a trip to travel somewhere spectacular. I have put more of an emphasis on people that value my time, so I do not waste energy. I have simplified my finances by paying more attention to where my money is going. I have simplified my wardrobe by getting rid of items that no longer fit me, or items that I do not wear.
how i live minimally
I live minimally by doing all of the above and taking time to only allow things that bring me joy to be in my midst. By getting rid of things that stress me out, or make me upset. Instead bring as much joy and happiness into my life as possible.
Living minimally gave me the drive to create an ebook, A Guide To Minimalistic Living. I created this ebook because I was asked by so many people about why and how I have changed my lifestyle. Many people were curious about how I have begun living a simplistic and minimalistic lifestyle. I also want to help others to improve their lives as well by downsizing and decluttering.
Since I have changed my outlook on life, I truly enjoy it. I do not see minimalism as getting rid of all of your possessions and living in a tent – (although, I would probably get on the Tiny House Nation bandwagon and go tiny). However, that is not the point of minimalism. The point of minimalism is to only bring things into your midst that bring you joy. Minimalism is all about learning what is true to you and no longer settling, or trying to be something that you are not.
what i’ve learned so far
If your circumstances including your job, clothing, or house make you unhappy. Find something new that will make you happy. I know that I am young, but I have learned to stop settling. Living a life where I look back on and I feel regretful is not something I want to do. I never want to think ‘I wish I went there’ or ‘I wish I did that’.
By living this lifestyle, I no longer fixate on material objects, instead I care more about experiences. I love to learn and I do not want to stop learning. I take time out to learn more about blogging and time management. Even though these are two things that I know a lot about and I enjoy both of them. Living this lifestyle has given me so much clarity within my life. It has also changed my outlook on life and it has made me grow a lot as a person.
ways you can begin living simply & minimally
learn about decluttering
When I first heard about decluttering something within me clicked! It was like a lightbulb moment to solve the issue of getting rid of all of my extra stuff and clutter. I did whatever I could to learn more about decluttering. By looking up bloggers, finding books, and articles. I became enthralled with learning about decluttering. The thought of being able to downsize so many of my possessions that I could care less about is a great feeling.
Get your hands on as many articles about decluttering, including my free ebook (which you can get below)! You will notice so much clarity in your life once you rid yourself of unneeded items that ultimately cause undue stress.
practice getting rid of products
Getting rid of products is one thing that I have done since I have begun living this lifestyle. I have very sensitive skin, so all of the products that irritated me I gave them away instantly. I have made myself stop purchasing new products until the one I currently have is on its last drop, or is completely gone. This has allowed me to get rid of unnecessary clutter and it enables me to realize that I could have saved hundreds of dollars by doing this a long time ago.
So many times we think that we need five bottles of lotion, but we don’t. It helps once you realize that you are use to purchasing more than you actually need. Just because you see a sale sticker that says Buy 3, Get 2 Free – doesn’t mean that you need five. Realistically, you will only use one product at a time and less product frees up space.