With the holidays around the corner and the New Year approaching us, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my new year’s resolution and one of those things would be to live more minimally. I’m choosing to do this for a number of reasons. I really want to start the year off by de-cluttering and clearing my mind and I feel like taking the steps to live a minimalist lifestyle will really help. Here are the steps I’m taking to go in that direction:
Step 1: Finding motivation
With any new lifestyle change, it takes an idea, a spark, an interest. For the most part I’ve always been pretty organized. So my biggest motivation is really wanting to just have items in my home that have a purpose and not wanting to be so wasteful. A lot of the things I’ve purchased over the years, including trendy clothes and home decor, have lasted for such a short period of time and have ended up breaking or getting donated. So I want to be more mindful when I’m making my purchases and only buy things that I know will last me and I know I love.
Step 2: Organize your closet
If you haven’t used it in the last 6-12 months, donate it or sell it! If you aren’t using it, it probably means you really don’t love it that much.
Step 3: Stop buying things you don’t need
Don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who gets excited over a sale and I end up purchasing things that are cheap, but I don’t necessarily need or even really like. Most of the time it’s clothes that end up living in my closet until it gets donated because I never find a time to wear it. Stop doing this and save those dollars for something you know you’ll get a lot of use out of!
Step 4: Clear your work space
Go through your desk drawers and get rid of anything that doesn’t have a purpose. Now you’ve got room to store more important things or even the items sitting on your desk that didn’t have a home before. Having a clean desk helps me to really clear my mind and work better.
Step 5: Take it one step at a time
De-cluttering can be hard! I have a ton of things that I could never see myself getting rid of. So keep those sentimental things, its’ okay! They do have value and you don’t need to say goodbye to them. Just take things slow — you can block off 30 minutes each day to de-clutter or an hour on the weekend. Every time I think I’m done, I just find more and more things that I know someone else could use.
Hope these tips help you get on your way to clearing your space and your mind. Let me know if you have any tips for me!