Something I have always struggled with is decluttering. That goes for my home, my mind and basically my life. I hang on to things in case one day they may serve a purpose for me again, or that hold a memory I am not yet ready to forget.
It does seem a bit odd that since becoming a mum I’ve found myself wanting to live a minimalist life more and more, as we all know with a baby comes a whole load of crap too. I don’t think our home will ever be entirely clutter-free but it an certainly be improved.
Minimising is about a lot more than just clearing some space. It’s about taking control of your life and creating space only for the important things.
Start with something easy, although this wasn’t the most simple task for myself. If like me, you probably have so many items sitting in your wardrobe that you didn’t even know existed or likely don’t fit anymore. Have a good clear out. Get rid of things that you haven’t worn in a few months, or the items you forgot were there (you clearly don’t need them in your life). Donate everything you no longer want to a local charity, that way your purge will be doing good for others too, not just you.
This works for your schedule too
You may be wondering how you can become a minimalist when it comes to your schedule, but you can – and you’ll feel much better for it! The idea is simple… why spend time doing something that you either don’t enjoy or doesn’t bring you something you need in life. You should be making more time for yourself and the things you have fun doing.
…And your computer
I’ve had my computers since I was studying my degree at university so I have a whole load of rubbish on there that no longer is of any use to me. Like essays, pictures and revision material that to be honest is just taking up memory space. Although purging my computers of all the unnecessary items took a lot longer than I anticipated, it was beyond worth it. Everything is in its rightful place now and I feel so much more organised. The task that probably took me the longest to complete was clearing out my emails. Although I once read that a full inbox is a sign of an intelligent person, it’s not really the sign of a minimalist – so that’s now empty!
Stop buying crap
I am the worst person for doing this, so believe me this was a hard one for me to take control of. But basically, stop buying things you don’t need. I’m a sucker for a sale and I almost feel like I have to buy something when I see those four letters, but I’m learning that if it doesn’t fulfil my life, then in the shop it shall stay.
The most important thing to remember is that minimalism isn’t about having less things, it’s about making room for more of what matters. It’s about adopting a new lifestyle, one which can be overwhelming at first, but so worth it if you’re willing to give it it your time and attention.
Happy minimising! x