Minimalism is all about “living with less” but the true meaning behind minimalism is often overlooked. Living a minimalist life is about achieving freedom. Freedom from stress, fear, guilt, possessions, depression and more! Minimalist mentality does not look down on owning possessions as there is nothing inherently wrong with it, but rather the meaning we place on them. Now that we have a grasp on the benefits and ideas behind a minimalist lifestyle lets dive deeper into achieving a life of freedom.
Steps to Achieve a Minimalist Living
Evaluate & Prioritize
If you’re like most of us you have so much stuff that it makes it hard to find the stuff you’re actually looking for, which defeats the purpose of having a lot of stuff – confusing stuff! The first step in defeating the endless cycle of never being able to locate anything is to evaluate. What do you really need? How often do you use things? Do I like this or the idea of it? Based on your living situation and current “stuff” situation you can begin to discard and donate. Once you account for all of your possessions you can begin to prioritize. If you are currently living in Florida it may be time to donate the closet full of winter coats. You can apply this logic to your current situation and you’ll see some easy ways to prioritize exactly what you need.
Discard & Donate
Decluttering is a truly liberating experience. Once you get over the initial shock of getting rid of excess you’ll feel the stress melt away as you go room by room. To get used to the process start by getting rid of duplicate items, next you’ll want to say adios to the things you use once every so often (the pink Uggs you got in 7th grade is a good place to start).
When you are buying new things, you are far better off purchasing high-quality clothing, bedding, furniture, etc. You’ll end up spend a lot less in the long run and be a lot less likely to throw an old pair of jeans in the back of your closet avoiding clutter. When you invest in quality you’ll get a longer life span and automatically have less stuff around. Not only will you look good, but you’ll feel stress-free!
Make Use of What You Have
One of the great parts about minimalist living is that you’ll learn to love what you have because you’ll have purged your living space of everything that you didn’t need! This is a consequential benefit of the minimalist mindset.
Can’t Say Goodbye?
Do you have belongings that have sentimental value or you just can’t bring yourself to donate or discard? OnDemand Storage provides affordable full-service storage. Meaning we’ll provide pickup, securely and climate-controlled storage, and delivery whenever you need it. Furthermore, we created a virtual storage unit where we’ll upload photos of your items in storage so you’ll never forget and can get them back on-demand! With OnDemand, you can keep your minimalist goals while still hanging onto the things you need in your life.
Enjoy the freedom of the minimalist lifestile!