I’ve been writing about minimalist lifestyle for a few years already, getting comments and messages from readers. Some people ask how to start the journey of becoming minimalist. Others ask, what and how to do when you are already on this path, to feel even better. In this article, I’ll try to answer those questions.
Is anybody choosing to start the minimalist lifestyle as his/her New Year resolution? Tell me in comments!
Firstly, I’m sure you understand that there are no universal guidance or tools to go any of the possible life paths. To each of us different words speak, different ideas move us. Below you can read what I worked out for my minimalism journey. Maybe my tool – a tool of a woman (wife, mom, and entrepreneur) being minimalist for 5+ years – will suit you too.
Becoming minimalist or growing as a minimalist experiment
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Sit at 1 am in an unusual place.
I don’t mean a jetty in Australia (although if someone would like to fund me…), but a place where you never work nor sit thinking.
On the floor between the lamp and the children’s bed? I haven’t sat there in the past, so it was a good choice for me.
Sit at 1 am in this unusual place and answer the questions:
Which items do you use?
Which items do you need?
Yes, those are two questions. The usefulness of things is my favorite criterion when you have to decide whether an item should stay in your life or not. But I’m aware that there are some items that are necessary even if they aren’t used by us regularly.
For example, I do not use my driver’s license, my passport or – in the past – my pregnancy card in this way how I use a spoon, a t-shirt or my payment card. But still, I need this license, passport and pregnancy card.
Sit there at this time and answer these questions… out of your head.
Write down the items on paper or in a notebook. Without looking on shelves, into cabinets or wardrobe.
Write down everything you want to stay with you.
And everything that you would put in your backpack, if you’d decide to move, even very far (like to leave the house and go to the Yucatán).
Keep at home only things from your list.
And the rest? Divide them into two categories: to immediately get rid of and to put to quarantine, for example to basement (to verify if you really won’t need these things).
My experience with the experiment
At night, I wrote my list. How often do you arrange time just for yourself? Time for meeting with yourself, thinking and writing down something from inside yourself? I … never.
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At night, I wrote my list. After completing morning chores I took several paper shopping bags, I took out everything from my closet and put back only what I had on the list. I was ticking things off the list. In the same way, I looked through my shelves in the bathroom.
I put other things into the paper bags and the at the top shelf in my wardrobe.
Some of the things I will probably sell: I do not see myself already in stiff jackets, and for the next two years, and maybe more, I do not see myself in most of my fantastic dresses. They are well matched to me, but not to my current lifestyle: (earlier: pregnancy), lactation and crawling on the floor.
Some of the things are clothes for other seasons.
And yet another, a small part, is for the future. T-shirts, pants, socks to use when the currently used become worn out.
I left in the wardrobe things that I remembered in the night. And were there any important items which I have forgotten at night, and which revealed to me in the review of my closet?
They were such. Five pieces.
– Glasses – I remembered about my computer and cable. I forgot my glasses that complement this set. But I cannot give them up.
– One short-sleeved shirt.
– Raspberry seed oil – my sunscreen – I need it.
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– Hair dryer – I need it.
– Tweezers – I will see, after how long time I will need it.
What stays with me?
In total: 71 items.
My previous list of belongings (me + my almost 2-year old Son) is here.
I encourage you to try this simple minimalist’s experiment. Because minimalism gives so many benefits! From less tidying up to better time management. I haven’t given up this lifestyle for more than five years! (And here are my 5 Thoughts after 5 Years of Being a Minimalist.)
Other popular and fun experiments to start your minimalism journey:
Once again, try to ask yourself:
What do you use? What do you need?
What was or will be your first step on the way to minimalism? Tell me in comments. Is anybody choosing to start the minimalist lifestyle as his/her New Year resolution?