Don’t carry what you don’t need — in your pocket, in your home, in your heart. ~ Joshua Becker
Have you ever just looked around at all the crap in your house and thought “Why the heck do I have ALL this stuff?!?” Yeah, that happened to me about a month ago and it is what lead me to start a massive decluttering. It all started when I read about the Konmari Method and decided that it was time to embrace minimalism in my life.
There has been a shift towards minimalism online as of late, with people all over touting the advantages of methods like *Konmari, FlyLady, and the Capsule Wardrobe. Even on television, shows about the tiny house movement are sending people into a downsizing frenzy.
so why this shift towards minimalism?
Well, to put it simply: When you have less stuff you can DO more with your life. Fewer clothes equals less laundry. Fewer knick-knacks equals less dusting. Fewer toys means less mess. A smaller home equals less vacuuming… are you catching my drift here?
Now think of all of the hours you would gain back in your life with less cleaning and tidying. Not to mention the money you could save with a smaller mortgage if you went as far as to downsize your home. What could you do with all of that extra time and money? I’m willing to bet the answer is: a lot!
If you’re still scratching your head as to what all the fuss is about, head on over to one of my favorite blogs at the moment and check out 10 Reasons Why Minimalism is Growing.
MINIMALISM: HOW OWNING LESS CAN HELP YOU LIVE MORE
MINIMALISM IN POSSESSIONS: reduce your physical clutter
Although I’m still going through the initial process of getting rid of years and years of junk, I’m already starting to see the benefits of owning less. What used to be piles of clean laundry waiting to be folded has now become neatly arranged drawers and a beautiful clutter-free closet.
The next step in my process is books and paperwork and let me tell you… I’m really looking forward to sorting through the boxes that I’ve been carrying around with me for the last decade or so. Although it’s a daunting process, I can already feel the proverbial weight being lifted off my shoulders.
The bottom line is that your material possessions can complicate your life to a larger degree than you might imagine at first. Material possessions drain your bank account — How many times have you run to Target for deodorant and come home with the whole dollar aisle in your trunk? Material possessions drain your time and energy too.
I promise you one thing right now: Reducing the amount of “stuff” you have will be something that you will never regret doing. In fact, it will be one of the best things you ever did for yourself and the ones you love.
MINIMALISM IN THOUGHT: reduce your emotional clutter
What kinds of emotional clutter are you carrying around with you every day? Negative thoughts, jealousy, bitterness, resentment… even hatred. All of those negative emotions can cloud your mind. They can consume your days if you’re not careful.
Be mindful of your thoughts and take control over your own mind. Meditation can be a great way to take a daily assessment and work through whatever negative thoughts and feelings you are having. Since I began my meditation practice earlier this year I have become more aware of the way my mind works. Just 10 minutes once or twice per day can make a world of a difference.
Clearing out your emotional clutter is not something that will happen overnight. The more you practice tuning in to your thoughts though, the easier it will become to recognize negativity when it pops up. Once you are able to recognize negative thoughts, you will be ready to squash them as they arise.
MINIMALISM IN ACTION: unplug and slow down
If you’ve been following along here for a while, then you know that I love to unplug from time to time and just slow down and enjoy life. We get so caught up in the every day hustle and bustle that it can be easy to forget that there is a whole world out there beyond our screens.
Getting unplugged and slowing down are great ways to detox from all of the “noise” that is out there in our daily lives. Take some time to get outside, read a book, listen to your favorite playlist, or just sit in silence with yourself from time to time.
Media has a way of dominating your thoughts and rearranging your values. It can have a huge impact on your attitude and outlook on life. The only way to get free of it’s influence it to unplug and tune it out for a while. Get out there and LIVE!
I’d love to hear from you! Have you begun to embrace minimalism in your own life? What other ways have you found to simplify and downsize? Drop me a line below, will ya?
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