What ever being a minimalist means to you, we all crave a life filled with less clutter.
We often surround ourselves with mounds and mounds of material possessions that slowly consume our homes and then our minds.
If you are on a journey to find a more minimal life style then you probably have done everything you think you should to get yourself there.
You probably de cluttered your homes, you bought matching containers, and you made multiple trips to good will.
If you’ve gotten this far, kudos to you!
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Some times this step alone can be daunting, but if you made it there, or want to get there we all need to stop doing this one thing.
Buying more stuff!
I am a big fan of retail therapy, but what happens is you are setting your newly de cluttered life up for failure…which will make you need to reach back out to therapy..retail therapy…
What a vicious circle.
We purge, we feel better. We buy, we feel better.
So this is a rather difficult thing to balance, but it can be done more easily than you think.
Your desire to want to be more minimal has to outweigh the need to buy more items.
The benefits that come from living a simpler, decluttered and minimalist life are too good to ignore.
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If you want a clear mind, a clean home, and a more balanced life, then you need to stop buying the following things.
You have got to learn how to respect the clothes that you have. I know that may sound odd, buy we end up wearing the clothes we respect again and again for a reason.
They make our bodies look more attractive, they are made out of better quality material, they make us feel good about ourselves.
This type of relationship does not develop with cheap T-shirts that stretch out in one wash, or a pair of pants that you constantly have to adjust.
There is a reason why you stick with certain pieces in your closet. Remove all the clothes you do not respect even if that brings you down to a closet fill with less then 20 pieces.
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Only buy new clothes that you will love for years to come, that will last, and that will respect you back.
So put down that $5 tank top and stop buying clothes just to buy them, and start making thoughtful buying decisions in your minimalist life style.
Over all the best part of having a minimalist wardrobe is it will save you time, money, and those morning headaches of figuring out what to wear.
Ok, not all gifts, but physical gifts. We often feel the need to buy tons of material possessions for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, etc.
Instead of buying clutter that you are now going to pass on to someone else, think about giving people experiences as gifts. Its a minimalist concept that yields huge results.
The obvious gift card is a good one, but you could give people vouchers for massages, rock climbing, golfing, kayaking, movie tickets, or concert tickets, etc.
Pass on memories and an experience that will enrich your loved ones life. Versus buying a new shirt they may or may not wear.
Duplicates of self care items.
If you want to practice minimalism you need to get in the habit of using one self care product completely before you buy duplicates.
For example, use up the entire bottle of lotion before buying a new one.
We tend to stockpile supplies, and this, of course, comes in handy, but there is a difference from having one extra tooth paste on hand versus 10.
We also hold on to a lot of items in our bathroom for that one day. One day I might crimp my hair, one day I might use this fancy hair clip. Many times that day never comes, so only keep around what you actually use.
No, its not like you shouldn’t buy new things for your home. What needs to change about buying home decor is that your buying something with purpose and thoughtfulness
If you know you want a new comforter set, the go buy a comforter set.
Just don’t walk by a new comforter set at Ross and on a whim decide to buy it if it was never an intentional purchase.
As you buy new things for your home, replace it with something old that you can let go of.
Items on sale.
We get suckered into good sales and unfortunately bad sales.
Good sales are the one that actually saved you money and you got what you needed.
Bad sales are when you end up spending more money than intended for an item you never were going to buy, just because it was on sale.
Sales have a way of convincing you that you are ignorant to pass up this opportunity, but be wary of the trap.
If you truly want to practice a life of minimalism, you are going to have to look past sales on items that will just become more clutter in your home.
I don’t even need to find a study on how much food we waste, because it’s common knowledge.
We end up wasting alot of food in our lives.
We over buy, we don’t end up eating what we bought, and then in the trash, it goes.
I know this isn’t always on purpose, maybe we were hungry when we went shopping that day. What ever the reason, if you are finding you end up throwing away alot of food every week, you may simply be buying too much.
Really examine your next week of groceries.
Do you ever finish all the herbs you purchased before they go bad? Maybe you could grow some instead?
Maybe you never can finish all the veggies you bought. Make sure you incorporate these specific veggies into your meals for the entire week, not just one meal.
Try not to create such different meals for everyday of the week. Instead of tacos and then lasagna. How about tacos, and then mexican salad? How else are you going to use up the bundle of cilantro.
Single use kitchen gadgets.
There are some cool kitchen gadgets out there, but many of them are extremely bulky.
Try to find multi function kitchen appliances that can save you tons of space in your kitchen.
Instead of a small bullet blender, a real blender, a chopper, and a salsa maker, one good blender can perform all of these functions.
A waffle maker can also make toasted panini sandwhiches! No need for a panini maker.
A toaster oven can make your toast. No need for a toaster.
Think about reducing the number of kitchen gadgets and think twice before you buy something that maybe something you already own can handle.
Containers, purses, and bags.
Unless it’s for a purpose, we often go crazy with buying things, to put things in. We buy containers on a whim, and often they do not fit the space we wanted to use it for.
With out a plan, buying containers and hoping they will work under our sinks and in our pantry end up just being extra clutter we use some where else.
We also collect purses, bags, grocery bags, canvas totes, extra coolers, travel bags, make up bags, etc.
Sometimes it just hard to purge these items, you might be on a budget, or just do not have the funds. https://uncommomspaces.com/7-tips-to-de-clutter-on-a-low-income-and-why-its-different
Try to limit yourself to only the essential bags you will actually use.
If you find a life changing beach bag or a new make up bag, remove the old one to make room for the new, instead of stock piling.
Items you could make.
Of course, this category is not for every one. But there are many things we do spend money on and bring into the home that we could easily have made with the ingredients and supplies we already have.
Cleaning supplies: You can make any house hold cleaner with vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils now a days.
Cards: If you have crafting supplies, many people could make a birthday or holiday card with the supplies they already have in their home.
Throw pillows: Instead of buying a new one, take a shirt or and old sheet you no longer need and cut, wrap, and sew a new cover bringing an old throw pillow new life.
Clothes: There are hundreds of tutorials on how to turn your existing clothes into T-shirt bags, tank tops, shorts, from jeans etc. Reinvent the clothes you have instead of buying more.
Paint your furniture: If you really are craving white for that clean minimalist feel. Then paint what you already have white. Don’t rush out to buy new furniture or worse. Just add in more to what you already have.
Becoming more of a minimalist takes practice, patients, and self-awareness. We no longer just try to ce clutter out homes, we are trying to declutter our lives and in the process becoming more full filled with what we already have.
Contentment is not easy, especially in a day and age of intense consumerism. Yet it can be done.
Remember that you are in control of what you buy, you are in control of what you spend your money on, and you are in control of what comes into your home. Its also coming into your mind.
So be thoughtful about your purchases and know that the benefits from this type of life style will out weigh that novelty coffee cup you thought you just HAD to have!