5 minimalist habits for beginners
Minimalism is for many people a white clean room. This is absolutely not true, though. For some people that might be just it. But minimalism is actually as diverse as we are. Here are 5 tips & habits for you to begin your journey to minimalism and to find out what kind of minimalism suits you best. If it’s the white wall or actually something else.
#1 Buy only that, what you do not already own!
That might sound silly, but just try asking yourself it every time you buy something: Does it fulfil a purpose, that cannot be fulfilled by something, that I already own? Often we simply want something new, even though we already have something similar at home, that would fulfil that purpose perfectly. An example might be a kitchen appliance. I want this food processor (I’ve been wanting to buy it now for over 3 years, actually xD). But I already own a perfectly functioning blender, that can do nearly everything the food processor would be able to do, too. So I don’t buy it. And I probably will never buy it (okay, never say never, but still…). : )
#2 Every item has its own home
Everything you own should have its designated place. This helps you to have less clutter. You do not accidentally buy something twice. And you are fully aware of what you own – and what you do not want to own anymore. That makes decluttering a lot easier, too!
#3 Keep calm and declutter
The best habit I can recommend is to see decluttering not as something you do once, but as a continuous process you do every day/week. The moment you realise you do not use something or like it anymore, put it in a box. Keep it for another few weeks. If you haven’t touched it then, it’s time to part from it. Donate or sell it. If that’s not possible, try to recycle it. The last option and only the last option is to actually toss it in the trash.
#4 You love it? Keep it!
Minimalism is different for everyone. Some people love their books. Other their tech gadgets. And yet another one might love his/her pens. If something fulfils a purpose, keep it. Even if you do not absolutely need it, but the sole purpose is that it makes you happy, keep it. Minimalism is about thriving, not deprivation. There is no need to try to fit into some ideal. That won’t make minimalism a positive experience for you. Minimalism is a tool for you to use, not a dictator. It is, what you make of it. There is no need for your home to look like those white & clean ones on social media. If you prefer something else, go for it!
#5 One … step …. at … a … time …
I was quite overwhelmed at the beginning. I wanted to do everything at once. It lies in the nature of things, that this approach won’t work for most of us. At least it did not work for me. Here is another approach: Let’s say you want to declutter your cosmetics, your kitchen tools and your wardrobe. You are absolutely dreading to declutter your kitchen. So start with what’s easier for you, for example, your cosmetics (all those dried-out nail polishes xD). Decluttering will get easier over time. So if you’ve practised with your cosmetics, the wardrobe will be easier. After your wardrobe, you are a decluttering expert and the kitchen is more manageable. You can repeat that approach as often as you want. It actually makes a lot of sense, to keep decluttering – one step at a time (as I’ve mentioned already as my third habit). Clutter will come back to the best of us. Regardless of how hard we try to prevent it. So decluttering every now and then something might help you, to keep your home clean and minimalistic.
What does minimalism mean to you? What would you tell someone, who just starts out? If you are a beginner: What worries or challenges you most?