“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but developing the capacity to enjoy less.” -Socrates
Are you stressed, and your life is a mess? The path to clarity and peace of mind may lie within practicing a minimalist lifestyle. The minimalist lifestyle is a way of de-cluttering the excess like possessions, debt, distractions, and noise. Scraping the non-essentials of life will allow you to focus on what gives your life meaning, joy, and harmony. Eliminating the distractions also gives you the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the present moment. Now, before you go rejecting an idea, how about you open up and find out more.
Minimalism is all about eliminating the junk both physically and mentally out of your life. Often, people go wrong in their quest for happiness thinking that more would equate to feeling fulfilled, but they’re sadly disappointed when it doesn’t. The more clutter, the more problems. We’ve been conditioned to acquire more possessions that we believe would make us complete. You can clearly see how the pursuit of owning and maintaining things, has stressed people out. Overall, what society needs is a shift in focus from quantity based, to a quality based lifestyle.
Last year, as I assessed my life, I felt burdened by all the excess clutter, and this gave me such a burning desire to simplify my life. Simplification was quite a task for me because it took a lot of letting go. The journey to minimalist lifestyle will require you to release the past and anything associated with it. As a result of my revelation, I began to get rid myself of things left, right, and center; starting with the smaller items, and working my way up to larger items. It was a time consuming process, but I can honestly say that de-cluttering has lifted a burden of my shoulders. To this day, minimizing has been an ongoing process for me, because each time I go through my belongings I am sure to find new things to trash. Simplifying my life has set me free, and I hope it does the same for you.
The minimalist lifestyle may sound a little radical to some people, but the benefits of it are tremendous. It’s all about making room for the finer things in life, like spending time with your loved ones, and enjoying the pleasures of your life journey.
Here’s some tips to get started on your minimalist path:
- You’ll want to start in the most obvious place, your room. Many times we have tons of stuff, but very little space. Rummage through the closet and dress drawers, and donate or trash clothes and shoes that you haven’t worn in the past year. You can also sell or donate old furniture, toss old paper work, magazines, newspapers, and pretty much get rid of as much as you can.
- Any remaining possessions should be organized to create space. Every item should have it’s proper place. Organization and space is important in minimalism, and without it, things will get cluttered again.
- Drastically cut back on the unnecessary expenses, and budget for your essentials. You don’t really need as much as you think.
- With the money you save from cutting your expenses, you’ll want to pay off, then cut up any credit cards that you may have. Debt is the biggest burden to inhibiting the minimalist lifestyle. Ridding yourself of debt is easier said than done, but it is a must!
- Avoid the impulse to splurge on sales, and only purchase the bare necessities of life.
Would you consider a minimalist lifestyle? Why? Do you believe the minimalist lifestyle is too extreme? Why? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Shawna Kay ( Blissed Out Belle )
Kay is a Lifestyle & Empowerment Enthusiast, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blissed Out Belle™. Connect with her on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter @BlissedOutBelle .