Lifestyle & Mindset

Finding Balance in Minimalism

Minimalism isn’t a cookie cutter type of lifestyle, nor should it be. It’s different for every person who practices this approach to life.

While I often give some guidelines or ideas about what to get rid of or how to make this lifestyle work for you, the goal isn’t for your version of minimalism to look like mine (or anyone else’s). Instead, the goal is to get you thinking about what’s important in your own life and go from there. So here are a few questions you should ask yourself as you delve into a minimalist lifestyle.

What are your priorities? Think about what you would most want to spend your time and money on if you didn’t have anything holding you back. Think about the people you most care about. It helps to know what’s most important to you before you start eliminating objects and pastimes (and possibly people) from your life.

What’s your purpose in decluttering? Before you start emptying out your closet, know the reason behind what you’re doing. If you clearly understand your motivation, you’ll understand what you should get rid of. There are various reasons people start decluttering, so put some thought into what it is about minimalism that interests you.

What’s adding value and what’s taking it away? Sometimes we don’t even realize what’s taking away value in our lives. So as you analyze every area in your life, ask yourself what that specific aspect is adding or taking away from you.

How would your life change without certain items? This can refer to physical objects or tasks that often take up time. Sometimes we think we need certain things in our life when in reality, we’d be better off without them.

Lastly, avoid comparing your journey to that of others. Just because someone else has a smaller wardrobe or an all-white bedroom doesn’t mean you need to as well. Each person has different needs and priorities, so avoid playing the comparison game. Instead, focus on self-analyzing and basing your decisions on your own wants and needs. And as usual, if you have any tips or thoughts to add, feel free to leave those in the comments section.

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