How to Adapt a Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism is a lifestyle that one adapts, mindfully deciding on the curation of material possessions that are a need and eliminating or consciously choosing not to keep anything that is more than a need.

Sometimes, we get overwhelmed in life, with our thoughts, situations, emotions and even our possessions. A way to avoid being in this loop of overthinking and overwhelm is to develop the intention of living consciously. This includes not only owning items that you absolutely need, but also letting go of thoughts, emotions, and expectations that serve no purpose other than to create unnecessary noise and clutter in your life.

Minimalism is a wide concept that is currently limited to owning less stuff, but it can be applied to not burdening your life with anything that you do not need—negative expectations, emotions, thoughts, etc.

Declutter Everything

Everything from your wardrobe to your kitchen to your bathroom! Start by decluttering stuff that you absolutely need, that you like and that is useful to you on a regular basis. Your physical space should be the area where you feel most comfortable. When you enter the space, you should be peaceful, relaxed, not confused or startled. Your everyday meditation mat is a yes, but those multiple ball pins that you haven’t played with for two years is a no. Don’t let your unconventional plans get in the way of decluttering; instead, consider what is most important to you today and in the near future.

When you are surrounded by things that give you a sense of comfort and relaxation, you are able to think thoughtfully, make decisions clearly and not feel overwhelmed by the situations in your life. 

Decluttering can be done by donating, reselling, or discarding things according to their state. Things that are useful for one season or a specific time can be saved, but things that you haven’t used in a long time, say over a year, will automatically go into a decluttering pile. Always make a point to have things that not only give you peace of mind, but also contribute to maintaining and sustaining the ecosystem at large. Environmentally friendly products are the ones that can actually benefit the whole world in the long run, and your minimalist lifestyle should be built around keeping things that are safe and ethical for the environment as well. 

Engage in Holistic Activities

The next stage is to declutter your thoughts, which can be done by engaging in mindful activities. You need to pay attention to which activities are consuming your time and mind space and how they are reflecting on your thought process and overall wellbeing. For example, if you consume a lot of social media, pay attention to how you feel once you put the phone down. Are you experiencing a sense of tiredness? Was it fulfilling for you? If not, it’s time to invest that time into something that is more meaningful. 

Time is a currency, as they say, and surely should be spent very wisely. So pull out your meditation mat and channel your inner self. As much as you go inside yourself—your mind and your breathing—you will be able to prioritise what matters most. Get your art supplies and draw, paint and doodle. Pick up the book you’ve been putting off reading and get it done.

The digital world around us has been creeping up so silently and violently at the same time that we’ve lost the ability to notice the little joys of life. Nowadays, it is a privilege to go out in nature and explore the world physically. Keeping this in mind, even when you go out to shop, only pick environmentally friendly products and let go of toxic, chemical-induced products. There is always a replacement for those with more suitable, conscious products, and as an earth friendly person, one should be oriented towards healing the world.

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