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Becoming a minimalist means prioritizing simplicity. What’s most appealing about a minimalist lifestyle is the concept of both visual and experiential calmness.
I like the idea that by simplifying my life, I can rid myself of some stress, gain more time in my day, more space in my home, and even save money.
And minimalism doesn’t have to mean giving up all your belongings or doing anything extreme. It can be as simple as decluttering where you can, evaluating how your time is spent, and adjusting your priorities in a way that’s right for you.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to prioritize your daily activities!
Upon considering the week or day ahead, decide on your top three tasks for each day that are most crucial to complete, and stick only to these. Aim to not overschedule yourself.
Don’t feel obligated to say “yes” to every opportunity. Instead, practice a healthy balance of saying “no” to anything that will overfill your plate.
Additionally, be realistic with your time. If you know that one task will take you five hours to complete, you might want to go easy on yourself that day and focus primarily on just that task.
Need help organizing your schedule? I highly recommend keeping your day and week mapped out in a planner. Whether that be Google Calendar or a physical planner, being able to visually see what you’ve booked for the day will keep your priorities in check!
My ultimate favorite planner is the Clever Fox Undated Planner!
2. Schedule an Organization Day
While you’re likely very busy throughout the work week, dedicating a Saturday or Sunday to all things declutter and organization is a wise use of your time.
This can be used for:
- Household tasks like cleaning, vacuuming, etc.
- Shredding or throwing out old documents, mail, or junk
- Sorting old clothes to donate
- Rearranging a space in your house
- Optimizing the storage on your phone or computer by going through old pictures or apps and deleting ones you don’t need
- Doing finances
- Food prep for the week
You probably won’t need to do some of these things every weekend, but a little refresh here and there every couple of months will keep your life organized and minimized!
For example, I had some home decor that I was procrastinating on opening and setting up, but once I took a Saturday “organization day” to do so, my living room felt so brightened up!
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3. Complete Short Tasks Immediately
I like to prioritize my days in such a way (if time permits) where I get the shortest tasks out of the way before working on larger tasks.
I don’t know about you, but I feel a lot more drained after finishing a large task. The last thing I want to do is several more tasks afterwards, so I try to knock the small ones out early on and finish the day with a more involved task.
Oftentimes, it is the small tasks that create little annoyances and complicate our lives because we have the tendency to push them off. The more we push them off, the more they inevitably pile up and distract us from the more important things. Better to knock them out and forget about them!
4. Limit Media
There is so much toxicity and negativity in the news and social media. Ask yourself, “does it really benefit me to consume media regularly?” Chances are, it probably doesn’t.
More than anything, being plugged into these media channels will only make us worry unnecessarily about things that are outside of our control. Being “informed” typically won’t personally benefit our lives, and certainly not our mental wellbeing.
At the very least, become aware of how much time you are spending on social media and news apps. You can check out the “screen time” feature under your phone’s settings, which I explain the importance of here.
Then, set a limit and work toward lessening your time spent consuming media. This time can be adjusted for more valuable things!
Another area of potential clutter in your life may be your subscriptions. Take the time to evaluate all your monthly or yearly subscriptions and assess which ones you actually use. If you aren’t getting your money’s worth, it might be in your best interest to unsubscribe and get that money back in your pocket.
Additionally, you can apply unsubscribing to your social media channels, too. If you’ve been seeing a lot of negative tweets on your timeline, or politically charged Facebook posts from people you’d rather not deal with, don’t be ashamed to unsubscribe/unfriend!
6. Simplify Your Meals
Even if you don’t want to go into full-blown food prep mode every Sunday, you can simplify your meals by planning ahead to any degree you’d like!
For example, even just prepping side dishes or snacks ahead of time for your meals throughout the week can buy you more time and create some simplicity.
If you have a staple snack or food that you consistently love and don’t get tired of easily, that can be your go-to for taking the daily decision-making out of your meals.
If you’re in need of a simple and uniformed set of meal prep containers, below are some great inexpensive ones that should do the trick!
7. Simplify Your Wardrobe
Sometimes I feel like I can’t find anything to wear, other times I can admit I definitely have too many clothes. I can almost promise you that if you sift through your closet right now, you can find at least 5 clothing items you never wear.
Go through your closet, dresser, and drawers and set aside anything that you don’t wear regularly, or that you haven’t worn in over 6 months. If you really don’t need it, donate it! This endeavor would be best suited for your dedicated organization day I mentioned earlier.
If, perhaps, the amount of clothes isn’t the issue but the organization is, there are many fantastic clothing organization tools out there. Below are some great options to get you started.
8. Realize What Is “Enough”
Don’t stress over following advice from the next big minimalist influencer who swears by giving up 90% of your belongings. Or, comparing yourself to celebrities who hire professional organizers. Do what is right for YOU and in terms of what minimalism means to you.
Focus more on simplifying just “enough.” Enough to create a life for yourself where you free up the time and resources to enjoy what matters most to you. That, I believe, is the true goal of a minimalist lifestyle. Live by your own interpretation of minimalism!