Clarity and focus
Life happens and with it comes layers and layers of stuff, commitments, routines, habits and before we know it, we can lose sight of who we were and where we started. Minimalism, when applied to a lifestyle, is about stripping back all the stuff and noise so we can focus on who we are and what we truly want from life. It’s not about simply having less but living with the right amount and letting go of everything that doesn’t add value or bring joy. This can include clutter, distractions and in some cases relationships. All the things that can make us feel unnecessarily busy and sometimes overwhelmed or stressed.
There are many different motivations for pursuing a simple life these include a desire to have more time with family and friends, a better work-life balance, to save money, to support the environment, to improve health or simply personal taste. By feeling grateful and content with what we have we can break the trap of wanting more. And by buying less and lowering expenditure the time spent working can sometimes be reduced. This can create a more balanced and healthy lifestyle and free up time to pursue the things we love.
Although minimalism isn’t about simply getting rid of stuff, editing your life laundry is a great place to start. And letting go of the items you no longer love or use is extremely therapeutic. There’s no need to reduce your possessions to a particular number it’s about keeping the things that bring you joy and letting go of the rest. You will almost certainly enjoy the benefits of this process and once you calm your home you’ll undoubtedly want to address the other areas in your life.
If you’re interested in simplifying here are a few things to consider:
1. Do you ever feel busy, stressed or overwhelmed?
2. If so, what or who is making you feel this way?
3. What are your passions and what makes you truly happy?
4. How often are you doing the things that make you feel happy and content?
5. What do you wish you had more time for?
6. How does your home make you feel?
7. What area of your home do you feel most relaxed in?
8. How much time do you spend doing household chores?
From collector to minimalist
I live a minimalist lifestyle but this wasn’t always the case. Over five years ago I was a hoarder and collector and I lived in a three-bed terrace packed full of retro and vintage collections. It took a lot of time to get where I am today but with every item removed, I felt a little lighter and freer. I currently work freelance and do a little voluntary work each week, something I didn’t think would be possible. Minimalism has opened many doors and I would have never imagined purging my belongings could have changed my outlook and life in such a positive way.
Further reading on my blog
10 things I gained when I decluttered my home
10 ways I simplified my life
How to declutter your kitchen in five easy steps
How Marie Kondo helped me let go of my past
My decluttering tips
How to simplify your wardrobe in four easy steps