Living minimally has been a thing for at least the past few years. The idea of getting rid of clutter is fascinating to some people, especially those who have felt fed up with the unnecessary stuff and realizing there is a better way to live.
Minimalism taught us that less is more. By keeping your belongings to the minimal amount you can have more living space [only keep the absolutely necessary items]. You can also save time and money on cleaning and organizing things.
You don’t have to be poor to live minimally. Minimalism isn’t equal to frugality. You can be rich and live minimally. Minimalism is about avoiding the clutter and keeping only the necessary item in your hand. If you want to throw away your money when you don’t actually need something, you can always send it to the charity instead of stacking unnecessary items in your house.
Oh, and BTW, there are different degrees of minimalism. You can try minimalism in the very narrow aspect of your life. This is great for starting out. For example, you can start minimalism in cleaning. Keep your cleaning supplies simple by using a 1-for-all cleaner. Cleaning is essential in life, but you don’t have to do it the complicated way.
If you dare to go further, try minimalism in your closet. Keep it simple. Only keep the most necessary items and make sure those items are in a neutral color or your favorite color so you can always mix and match those few items. This can be a HUGE transformation, especially for women. I myself have been trying to do it. I am grateful for my progress. But I really wish I can do so much better.
Oh, and when you’re ready to commit, you can start being an extreme minimalist.
Check out these extreme minimalism tips. You don’t have to do it if you feel it’s not for you. You can always adjust the level to your liking. After all, one of the purposes of minimalism is to reduce stress and anxiety, am I right? So, choose the way that makes you happy.
Extreme Minimalism Tips
Keep A Digital Journal
Keeping a journal helps you organize your thoughts and plan. And if you feel that a physical journal is anti-minimalist, try a digital journal. You can use it to plan your days ahead and better yet, you can use it to plan your extreme decluttering project.
Having a digital journal as an extreme minimalist can also help you track the stuff you own [make an inventory].
Start At Your Comfortable Pace
Just like riding a bicycle, not everyone is comfortable with the heaviest gear. Especially when you’re riding a bike for the first time after a year, pushing the pedals needs some adaptation. Adjust the gear so you can ride happily.
Being a minimalist needs some adaptation too. Minimalism, especially extreme minimalism can be intimidating for beginners. So, start at your comfortable pace. Where is the area that you feel is the easiest to start? Is it the kitchen? Is it the living room? Or is it the bedroom?
Start where you feel comfortable and start at your comfortable pace.
Have A Peaceful Mind As Your Goal
Extreme minimalism involves extreme decluttering. And it can be daunting when you do it all at once. It can be frustrating to throw those pricey items away from your life. And when those feeling happens, it’s easy to get tempted to cancel your plan. It’s easy for this question to pop up in your mind, “Why must I do this?!”
And it’s easy to give up.
Minimalism exists in order to make your life more peaceful. So, do it for your own self. Do it because you love yourself. Do it so that you can focus on the most necessary thing in life.
The goal of practicing minimalism is to have a simple life and a peaceful mind. Imagine your life with less. Imagine your life with more free time and more free space. That’s beautiful.
Think Before Spending
CAUTION: Minimalism, especially extreme minimalism require you to spend very wisely. You can’t buy things just because you can. You don’t want to collect clutter at all.
If you love shopping and you want to be an extreme minimalist, it might feel so challenging. But in order to feel comfortable, you need to adapt. Change needs action. So, don’t be afraid to practice and practice.
Think before every spending. Make sure you’re about to do a real necessary purchase instead of impulsive shopping.
Just like every lifestyle, minimalism needs evaluation too. You want to jump to this lifestyle to improve your life quality am I right? You want to be happier, am I right?
So, no matter how advanced you’ve become in the extreme minimalism journey, always take a moment at the end of the month or the end of the year. Check the progress. Check what you can do better and how you can make it better. If things don’t feel right, fix it.
How Do You Become An Extreme Minimalist?
Get rid of everything unneccesary in your life. Only keep the absolute needed stuff. Using multipurpose item is a great idea.
Refrain from buying things you don’t actually really need.
Extreme minimalism may also include non-material things. So, besides avoiding unnecessary physical items, also avoid unnecessary thoughts and unnecessary activities [for example: eat properly, avoid emotional eating, avoid free sex].
It might sound weird especially for these days. But less is the new more. By practicing minimalist wisely, you can feel so content and relaxed.
Don’t forget to read and practice those 5 tips above.
What Is The Benefit of Extreme Minimalism?
Some benefits of extreme minimalism:
- The most obvious benefit is probably that you can have more space for living, instead of for organizing things.
- You can save your money, and I mean A LOT of money. You don’t have to worry about reupholstering your sofa or changing the expensive decorations with the new one.
- You can reduce your stress. When you own something, you need to take care of it, especially those expensive items. What if someone steal it? What if it’s broken? Et cetera et cetera. If you own less items, you have less worry about taking care of items.
What Minimalists Don’t Keep?
Minimalists don’t keep unnecessary items. No matter how trendy it is or how good-looking it is, if it’s something that you merely want instead of need, you don’t keep it. Get rid of it. Either throw it away, donate it, or sell it.
Are Minimalist Lazy?
Yes and no.
Minimalists hate clutter, and they feel that they deserve to do better things [working, exercising, sleeping, sipping a cup of tea] instead of organizing the clutter. [This can be translated to some degree of laziness].
However, minimalists can be very diligent. Let’s say you have a minimalist wardrobe. It means you only have a few pieces of clothes to wear. It means you need to wash it so you can wear it again soon. On the other hand, when you have an abundance of clothes, you can do laundry after 2 or 3 days without too much worry because you still have so many clean clothes to wear [especially when you live alone].