Choosing minimalism is something anyone can do. Choosing minimalism doesn’t mean you have to be really good at it or be an exceptionally organized person. Far from it.
When you are choosing minimalism you are choosing to be intentional with your life. Living intentionally allows you to get rid of the “extra” in your life- the extra stress, the extra pressure, the extra expectations.
That’s why I began this minimalist journey- out of necessity. I’m a pack rat and a people pleaser. Both those are a terrible combination. But choosing minimalism has helped me with that. Now rather than spending hours every day trying to take care of SO MUCH stuff, I can do something else (like blog. 😉)
Minimalism is about focusing on what is important in your life. Not everyone’s lives are going to look the same and sometimes, what is essential to one person’s life isn’t important at all to another’s.
Minimalism can change your life- as long as you focus on YOUR life. Don’t become a minimalist to “keep up” with the people around you. Choose it because you want to live more simply, remove stress from your own life, and live in a way that is unencumbered by useless things.
These useless things can be stuff, ideas, or, even sometimes people.
Choosing minimalism with people:
I always hate to throw the people thing out there because I don’t want people dropping friends left and right just because you’re different from each other. That is NOT what I’m talking about. Having friends that are different from you is important and crucial. What I’m talking about are those people that take over your life and decide they have a right to run it. They’re usually few and far between, but when they DO come into your life they wreak havoc. You don’t have to put up with that crap. “No” is a perfectly acceptable answer and if they can’t handle
What I’m talking about are those people that take over your life and decide they have a right to run it. They’re usually few and far between, but when they DO come into your life they wreak havoc. You don’t have to put up with that crap. “No” is a perfectly acceptable answer and if they can’t handle that then that’s on them. You should NOT feel guilty for saying no to people like that.
Unfortunately, with those people, it’s usually insecurity that makes them treat you that way, but they’re going to have to change that themselves because you can’t change it for them.
Choosing minimalism with ideas:
Minimalism in ideas. It’s a weird concept, but it’s been something I’ve been trying to practice the past couple months.
You see, I’m the idea man, er, woman. I come up with all sorts of ideas. Good ones, bad ones, crazy ones, etc. etc. I think that’s the way my creativity manifests itself. (Because it sure doesn’t manifest itself in crafts!) Anyways…I get these ideas of things to do or try and they are all over the place. So then I’m running around like a crazy person trying to do ALL these things at the same time. And then I get stressed out and overwhelmed.
I’m learning to say no to myself, and you know what? It’s a lot harder to say no to myself than it is to someone else. 😬
What I’m learning to do with all these ideas and inspirations is to say, “Someday.” Realizing that not everything is meant to be done right now.
Another way choosing minimalism with ideas has helped me: getting rid of the idea that I have to be exactly like everybody else.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a people pleaser. I like people. I like being around them, and I like making them happy. I don’t know what it is, but it’s just the way I’m wired. So sometimes I do things, simply to make other people happy. And it usually consists of me doing things that I THINK they want me to do. It’s all this crazy supposition. Because these people never TELL me this stuff. No, I decide to put this pressure on myself, when usually that pressure isn’t actually REAL.
So learn to say no to misconceptions!
Choosing minimalism with stuff:
Stuff. I hate stuff. Like really. I used to be a pack rat, but now I just want to get rid of everything. 😂 I love the tiny house concept, and someday I hope to do it. We’ll see when and how that happens. 😉
I’m going to put this simply: Simplify the stuff you have so you can spend more time doing things.
It’s that simple.
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