When you google minimizing, the results can be overwhelming. It's good to remember, as with any new thing, starting small is a great way to start on this path.
Why is it important to you?
First, think about why you want to make the change to a minimilistic lifestyle. Make a list of what's important to you. Does making this lifestyle change include those things?
If you're considering the minimalist lifestyle, you probably fall into one of three categores. You're either all in, feel it's a space problem (not a stuff issue) or just don't know where to start. I started down this path when I started looking at minimalism vs consumerism here.
Where do I start?
If you're like me, this is an overwhelming question. I tend to look at the big picture and it looks like a huge undertaking. What we need to do is break it down into manageable steps.
Determine what needs simplifying
Each person's list of areas that need simplified will be different. Consider things like home, schedule, budget. Don't forget areas like meals and relationships.
I think simiplifying the home is the easiest. Simplifying and decluttering relationships is one of the harder areas.
Choose a starting point
Choosing a starting point is easy if you look at what is causing you the most stress or anxiety in your life right now. How would your life improve if you simplify that area of your life?
Again, everyone's list of areas is going to be different. If your relationships are causing you more stress than bills or clutter in your house, start there. Simplify your relationships. Is someone always negative with you? Does someone always shoot down your ideas or belittle you? Why let them continue to cause undue stress in your life?
If your home is causing the majority of your stress/anxiety, start there. Pick a room, drawer, closet and start decluttering. I found I was happier just seeing the extra items gone than I was having them. Start out with getting rid of duplicates and go from there. The general rule is ‘if you haven't used it/wore it in the last 6 months, you really don't need it'.
Now that you've started
It may seem like an overwhelming task ahead, but breaking it down makes it much more managable. Now that you've chosen a starting point, on to the next step. We'll cover this in my next post in the series.
Comment what your starting point is, where your life needs decluttered the most, and I'll help you focus on how to get through it. We're in this together now.