How To Begin Minimalism

How To Begin Minimalism

Do you struggle with knowing how to begin minimalism?

Are you overwhelmed wondering how you should begin to implement minimalism in your life?

You’re not alone.

When I decided to begin minimalism in my home, I didn’t know how to go about it. I was intimidated by the task. I finally sat down and made a game plan for myself to follow.  I tried to make it achievable and easy to keep up with.

I’m sure a lot of you are really good at taking a huge task and just getting it done quickly, but I’m that person who is easily distracted. Very. Easily. Distracted. Which is why minimalism is so good for me.

When I made an achievable plan it helped me follow through and not get discouraged at the project in front of me.

By making small goals for each day I was able to slowly begin minimizing my belongings without getting the burn out from a huge project.  At first, it was a little frustrating because I just wanted everything done at once. (Hey, patience isn’t really my thing, okay? 😉 )

But every one of those “small” projects added up and pretty soon I was looking at a new home!

How To Begin Minimalism

Where to start to begin minimalism:

Having a game plan is going to make this so much easier for you, I promise.  Understanding what truly matters to you will also change your minimalism plan.

1. Get a piece of paper and write down what’s important to you.  Now I’m not talking about what STUFF that is important to you, but rather what type of home you want to have.

If you like to have people over for dinners and you enjoy making dinner for people than you need to know how many dishes you should keep or get rid of.  Perhaps you have overnight guests often so it wouldn’t be completely practical to only have two towels in the house.

Or maybe you are rarely home because you work so much and you would like to have your house be more of a relaxing space to be at for a few hours.  Whatever you decide, you need to think about it practically.

Get out that paper and start scribbling down the things that you will need to keep to make your lifestyle work.  

2. Next, grab yourself a large garbage bag and go around the house and fill it.  Just fill it. That hideous decor that seemed like a good idea but really didn’t go. Christmas gifts that haven’t even been opened? Chuck ’em. You get the picture.  Get in the mood to get rid of junk!

After you have filled your garbage bag it’s easier to write down a plan for what rooms you want to de-clutter. You’ll be in the “get rid of junk” mood.

Another thing to consider is how far you want to go in becoming a minimalist. Some people say to get rid of everything you haven’t used in a couple months.  I like to take it a step further because sometimes there are things that we may use quite often but we don’t actually need them and perhaps we would be better off without them.  For instance, I have had the best pair of hideously green sweatpants since I was 13.  No joke. And I faithfully wore them. They were wonderful.

Let’s just say I was doing the world a favor by getting rid of those things.  Just because you might use it doesn’t mean it’s beneficial!

3. Write down all of the areas that you would like to apply minimalism to.

My list of rooms and areas that I wanted to apply minimalism to:

  • Bedroom
  • Closet
  • Under Bed (I hope I’m not the only one who shoves things under the bed for storage and then forgets about it)
  • Dresser
  • Shoes
  • Bathroom
  • Linens
  • Cupboards
  • Shower
  • Jewelry box
  • Guest room
  • Desk
  • Papers (my guest room doubles as my office and work space which means I had some major paper piles.)
  • Closet
  • Nursery
  • Closet
  • Dresser
  • Toys
  • Living room
  • Toys
  • Pillows/blankets
  • Decor
  • Books
  • Kitchen
  • Pots and pans
  • Tupperware
  • Baking dishes
  • Dishes
  • Glassware
  • Mugs (this was a hard one for me because I LOVE my million different mugs.)
  • Pantry
  • Baking cupboard
  • “Gadget” drawer

Let’s be real, I wrote down my entire house.  I needed it.  But if I don’t write things down it won’t get done.

The reason I want you to write down all the areas, rooms, etc is because it will start your brain thinking about what you should get rid of in those areas.  When you write it down it puts it in your mind and gives you time to think of what you truly use in those areas of you home.

Begin minimalism knowing what kind of lifestyle you enjoy and want to live and you won’t be frustrated with the way you arrange your home.

Today’s Game Plan:

  1. Write down the lifestyle that’s important to you.

  2. Get rid of one bag of stuff.

  3. Write down a list of all the areas you want to minimize.

 

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