We live in an era where most people believe that the more you have, the better off you will be. That philosophy is changing. The saying, “Less is more,” is expanding in popularity and isn’t a new tip. For centuries, cultures around the world have embraced a minimalist lifestyle from Buddhists to traveling nomads. Here’s five easy tips to get you started towards a simpler life.

Ask Why: Look around your surroundings and general lifestyle and ask yourself why you have, don’t have, or need specific things. You’ve heard it before, but if you haven’t worn it or used it in the past year, get rid of it.

  1. Why do you need a simpler life?
  2. Why do you need this or that?
  3. Why can’t you seem to live without this?
  4. Can I afford this?
  5. Where will it go?
  6. Does it add value to my life? How?

Make Lists: Take a small inventory of what you have. For example, do you have ten white t-shirts, if so, why? Do you need all 10 or can you live with just one or two. When you’re able to list out and see the amount of “things” you may have, you may realize that you have an overabundance of one type of thing and can declutter and downsize.

Read These Books:

  1. The Joy of Less
  2. Simplify
  3. The Power of Less
  4. Zero Waste Home

Realize minimalism isn’t just about the things you own. The world is a complicated place, you might try out your minimalist approach of asking the question “why” and “decluttering” in other facets of your life: work, relationships, spending, and so forth. Now, be careful, there’s no need to get rid of every person or side-project or passion but do ask yourself how much energy and quality time you can give to each and everything thing and one. Make it count.

Check-in. After you’ve ridded your life of the things that are taking up too much space and time. Ask yourself and reflect on what has filled those “spaces”, maybe you’re able to breathe a little easier in your own home or find time for that “thing” you thought you didn’t have time for.

A minimalist life doesn’t happen overnight, take baby steps in the direction and be patient with yourself.

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