So here is the typical life of a human being: They were born with nothing in their hands. Then somebody gives them clothes. Then somebody gives them a pack of toys.
Then they grow up and go to school. Then they have bags and shoes and books and papers. Then they grow older. Then they have cars. Then they own more stuff. Then they think about how to prevent or fix the problems on their stuff. Then they fall in love. Then they marry. Then they have kids.
Then they need to think about somebody else’s stuff. Then they have grandkids. Then the life goes on with more complexity.
Did you realize? The older you get the more complicated your life gets. It’s natural. Even when you don’t have a car, even when you don’t have kids, even when you have less stuff than your friends do, your life still grow to be more complicated.
It’s already complicated without you being trying. So why don’t you decide to live simply? There is no reason to add any complication to life.
Today I would like to share you a few hacks to help you get a more simple life. The ultimate way to live simpler is to embrace minimalism. And here are the ultimate hacks to live the minimalist lifestyle:
Imagine your life as a minimalist. Visualize your dream. Write down that goal. And start working on it.
Minimalism needs a tough heart. Write down your reason. Write down your minimalism wish list. Bravery and quick decision making will be very crucial. That’s why you need to grip tightly to your vision.
Clear Your Wardrobe or Closet
Minimalism is about decluttering. One of the most cluttered thing in our life is wardrobe or closet. So, let’s get started with it. Just clear out that thing. Keep only the clothes you really need and you really use.
Clear Your Workspace
The next part which has so much stuff in our life is our workspace. If you’ve worked paperless, that’s great! A lot of US forest cut every year to create paper. Beside decluttering the paper, you really need to pay attention to other details such as table lamp or a flower vase or extra chair. Declutter the things you don’t use or need. Let yourself work in a more pleasant zone.
Simplify Your Morning
Morning doesn’t need to be frustrating, my friend. Morning could be simple. Morning could be easier.
Write down the things you really need to do in the morning. When the morning comes, try to adhere it. Avoid things you don’t really need to do, especially the ones that suck your time so much.
Simplify Your Wallet
I would write ‘clear your wallet’ but it just doesn’t feel right since a wallet needs to have something inside it. Start using DEBIT cards if you haven’t.
Avoid using a credit card unless it’s really really urgent. Avoid using cash unless you don’t have other choices. Cash made of paper and paper is the clutter-maker. And did you realize? Trading cash means trading bacteria too. You never know where did it come from and what microorganism sticks there.
Create A Clutter-Free Zone
A clutter-free zone is a relaxing zone. It’s a zone of convenience. It’s a zone of quality living. You can do almost anything in this place. And oh, did I mention it’s cheap? You don’t need to buy anything.
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When you go shopping, consider whether or not you really need the item When you are about to pick something from the store, ask yourself, is it something you really really need or is it only something cute you can’t resist to leave? Remember, decluttering needs a tough heart. Remember your vision.
Embrace Ergonomic Design
If you have a chance to buy a new furniture or re-design your apartment interior, consider choosing the simple design. Pick the items that don’t have unusable add-ons.
Well, art is beautiful, but you can choose elegant art with simplicity. Remember, your home is not a museum.
Declutter Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are not elegant. It is not registered in minimalism lifestyle. So, if you have a pile of plastic bags in your house, use them as your next garbage bags.
If you go shopping, use the reusable fabric bag. If someone offers you a new plastic bag, politely say no.
Put Down Your Phone for A While
Turn down the notifications. It’s disturbing and sometimes frustrating. Of course, you need to check your phone regularly, but not every single minute.
If it’s hard for you to put your phone in a silent mode, you can try to turn down the notifications for messages and social media only but let the call notification rings.