5 Mistakes to Avoid When Trying to Become a Minimalist
You’d think that throwing a few things away and adopting a simpler lifestyle would be easy. How hard can it be to do less and buy less?
The reality is that this is much harder than it looks. We have become so used to being stressed, so used to being jealous and so used to wanting more than it is very hard to let go when we decide to try.
Here are five mistakes that people often make and how you can avoid making the very same errors…
1.Using Technology too Much
Technology is in many ways the antithesis of a minimalist lifestyle. While no one is asking you to turn off your phone permanently, what you should avoid is the kind of ‘mindless browsing’ that leads many of us to end up making purchases of things we don’t need. Take some time off your tech!
2. Not Finding Fulfillment Elsewhere
If you just remove things from your life, then you’ll find that it can quickly seem quite empty. Instead, you need to find new things to fill your life just as you take things away.
The best way to do this is to think about what makes you happy and how you can get more from what you already own. Keep yourself busy with things that don’t require ‘more.’
3. Not Keeping it Up
A big mistake is to go all-out creating a minimalist lifestyle and then to give up only a few weeks later. The key here is consistency and introducing a few simple rules can help a great deal. For example, make a rule that you have to get rid of something in your home each time you buy something new!
4. Being too Strict
A lot of people act as though being minimal is a binary choice. You’re either minimal, or you aren’t. And thus the only way to go minimal is to throw everything out and live entirely off the land.
Not so! You can become a ‘little more minimal’ and reap many of the benefits without making it too hard on yourself.
5. Missing the Point
Many of the issues people have with minimalism come from missing the point. The point isn’t to be mightier-than-thou, and it’s not to shun society. The point is just to scale back a little so that life becomes more manageable again! And it is to reap a few of the rewards that just so happen to come as a by-product of that.
Minimalism Tips: What You Should Throw Away First
If you’ve only recently begun your journey into the world of minimalism, it may seem overwhelming to begin to earnestly ponder all the things that you want to keep or remove. You could be feeling a great deal of stress in trying to discover what will be the
least painful belongings to part with, so this article will cover a few tips on what you should throw away first.
Here are my tips for starting your decluttering journey, but you can make your list based on what you didn’t want to throw out in many years now….this will be your journey to a Simplified Living Lifestyle.
The Junk Drawer
Sometimes called the miscellaneous, or rainy day drawer, this location of the home is where all the missing pieces of things, usually kitchen appliances you no longer own, screws, bolts, and aluminum pieces reside. Generally, nothing in the junk drawer will be useful because many of the parts contained there were intended for one specific
purpose. Dump out this drawer with the knowledge that these items have already reached obsolescence.
A large number of households contain duplicate kitchen items. Some families and individuals have as many as 3 different sets of measuring cups. Get rid of items that are extra, or in bad shape. Another thing people seem to have a lot of our plastic cups from fast food restaurants. These cups are often made of materials that aren’t meant to be reused anyway. Get rid of them to easily create more space.
Extra Bath Items
It’s good to have a few extra towels on hand, but there’s no need to keep the bleach damaged towels or torn rags that have been around for years. These items take up valuable storage space in the home. Reduce your towel stock to the matching set of towels that are in good condition to give bath areas a clean refreshed look. Get rid of cleaning supplies that you don’t use and throw away duplicate utensils.
Extra Pillows and Blankets
Everyone loves the idea that they will be prepared to have guests in the event of a sudden visit or emergency, but there’s no need to keep your home stocked as if you are expecting to house a football team or open a hotel. Extra pillows take up an enormous amount of space, and extra quilts are difficult to fold and store. Getting rid of extra bedding also decreases the number of places for dust and mites to collect. Once you
have cleared out these unnecessary items, you will be ready to move onto the more difficult choices for removal.
Remember, keep it simple, clean and minimal:)
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