The secret to becoming minimalist is not to throw out all your things and to stop doing the things you love. It’s not all about less.
Rather, being minimal is about making the most out of what you already have. It’s about finding enjoyment in simple things. This is the secret to minimalism and actually, it’s the secret to happiness!
1. Make a List of All the Things You Have Yet to Do
Why are you thinking of buying a new book or game when you haven’t finished everything on your shelf? And just how many other fun activities could you be enjoying using the things you already have? Make a list and keep this in mind.
2. Try More Free Activities
Yes, you could pine after that expensive holiday, or another expensive meal. Or you could cook for your partner and have a romantic evening in, visit a museum, go for a walk or try learning another language.
3. Have a Gratitude Attitude
A gratitude attitude means learning to appreciate what you already have. Try writing down five things you’re grateful for every night before bed. Not only will this make you more mindful, but it will leave you feeling less stressed and help you get a better nights sleep. Also, studies have shown that reading or writing before bed instead of using a phone or computer, increases creative brain activity and allows your body to release more of the hormones that allow your body to grow and recover while you sleep.
4. Cooking With Less
One area that many of us spend a lot of money in and can be very wasteful in, is food. Try cooking with fewer ingredients and see just how delicious simple food can be. Try new spices over sauces, not only will this let you try more flavors, but it cuts down on calories too! Try these simple, tasty recipes in The 5 Ingredient Cookbook.
5. Create Your Own Style
Don’t splash your cash on expensive fashion items. Instead, try creating your own style that doesn’t depend on expense. You’ll have a more unique look and will save money at the same time.
6. Reduce Your Clutter
If you have lots of trinkets, then you’ll find they’re actually fighting for attention. The result is that no single item on your shelf looks as good as it could because it’s being drowned out by all the others. Take away 60% of your objects and you’ll find that what is left looks much more beautiful.
7. Look Into Minimalist Design
Look into minimalist design and try to learn some of the basic tenants. The idea is to make things functional – that form and function are one and the same. When you stop trying to create ‘artificial’ decoration, you’ll find that the simple straight lines that need to be there actually look quite stunning in their own right.
Learn these principles and apply them to your life to start enjoying less, more!