Five ways to begin minimalism

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There is no one path to minimalism.

My path to minimalism began with a car. For others a new relationship, a student trip overseas to Paris, or a strong desire to get out of debt might lead to a simpler life.

Here are five ways to begin minimalism that have worked for many people. Choose one, more than one, or a completely different method.

Whatever path you take, remember to enjoy the journey.

1. Create a capsule wardrobe. When I began my path to minimalism, I also began working with a Capsule Wardrobe, via Project 333. I strongly recommend it – take a look.

A capsule wardrobe is a great way to get an addiction to clothes shopping under control. With Project 333, I’ve reduced from having over 150 items of clothing – most of which I never wore – to a capsule wardrobe of less than 30 items, all of which I wear, use and love.

2. Play a game for removing clutter. If general clutter is a problem, try the minimalist game (hashtag #minsgame).

You start by removing one item from your home the first day, two items the second day, three the third day and so on. By the end of 30 days, you’ll have removed 465 items from your home. Not a bad beginning!

3. Categorize the mess. When I began decluttering, I found the Kon Mari method of working by category, rather than by room, very useful. I found that my home had over a dozen pairs of scissors!

Working by category helps us see what we actually possess, and eliminate unnecessary duplicates. After all, how many coffee mugs and shot glasses do we really need?

4. Find a home for everything important, and let go of stuff without homes. Giving everything a home really helps. Basic strategies such as providing a dirty washing bin and a wastepaper basket for each person really help keep mess under control.

A charity bin in the hallway for outgrown or unused belongings also helps clear items that are no longer needed or wanted, yet still may have use for others.

5. Take a Stop Shopping Challenge. Stop the input. Stop buying for a set period, be it a week or a month, or a year with a Stop Shopping Challenge. Learn to find contentment with what you already have.

Begin by beginning

Thing is, it doesn’t matter what path you take. It doesn’t matter what steps you take. To begin minimalism you need simply to begin.

So take the first step. However that step looks.

Take the first step.

Take the first step. Photo of Trees in Pukarau by blog author, 2017.

How a one-week shopping pause can change your life

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You can start the 7 DAY STOP Shopping Challenge any time. It’s up to you.

The post below explains why. For more details on What and How, visit my page on the 7 Day STOP Shopping Challenge.

Why you might want to consider a 7 Day Shopping Stop

The symptoms:

(Do any of these sound familiar?)

  • Your house is always messy.
  • You can’t find stuff when you need it.
  • You spend all your spare time tidying up.
  • You just get things sorted when the kids mess them up again.
  • You’re embarrassed when friends pop over unexpectedly because the house is a shambles.
  • You want your home to look like a magazine, but it never does.
  • You’re broke all the time.
  • Food spoils before you eat it, and you end up throwing it away.
  • You have clothes in your wardrobe with the tags still on.
  • You have lots of clothes but nothing to wear.
  • You love shopping but can’t find anything different that works, so you end up buying another black t-shirt to hang with all the other black t-shirts you already own!
  • You don’t have enough storage space for all your belongings.

The diagnosis:

Too much stuff. It’s really that simple.
May also be addicted to spending and / or shopping.

The cure:

A one-week shopping stop.
Just one week.
If it helps, leave your credit and bank cards at home every day, so they’re no temptation.
Eat the food you have in your home until it runs out. You’ll have some interesting meals!
Bring lunches from home.
Wear the clothes in your closet, and don’t buy anything new.
Use the items you already have.

Do the Challenge together…

We’ll be running regular 7 Day Stop Shopping Challenges on Facebook and Twitter in November. Follow The 5MinuteMinimalist on either and take the 7 Day Stop Shopping Challenge with us! 🙂

7 Day Stop Shopping Challenge

7 Day Stop Shopping Challenge