What it Means to be Minimalistic – 4 Ways to be a Minimalist

As you’ve probably heard and seen on the TV etc, how people are downsizing and swapping large and cluttered homes for smaller, cosier, more minimalistic homes. 

Tiny homes, van life, and boat living is now more popular than ever, with people hoarding less, getting rid of things they don’t need, de-cluttering, and adopting a minimalistic approach and outlook on their homes and on life itself. 

But what exactly does it mean to be minimalistic, and how does one go about becoming a minimalist? Is it simply a case of getting rid of absolutely everything other than the bare essentials or is there more to it than that? 

Here’s a look at 4 proven ways to become a minimalist. 

Start over

If you decide that you wish to become a minimalist, it’s important that you begin with a clean slate. 

In order to become a minimalist, you are going to have to be a little ruthless and get rid of items which are non-essential and/or that you barely use. 

Go through your wardrobes and throw out those outfits that you haven’t worn in years or that you very rarely wear. De-clutter that junk drawer in the kitchen, and get rid of those broken items you’ve been saying you’re going to repair for years when you get around to it. 

If there are items taking up space which you never use, and which bring you no joy, get rid of them. 

Make a list of the essentials

Despite living a minimalistic lifestyle, minimalists still have possessions and often, they need certain possessions for everyday life. 

Our phones for example, are our lifeline as we communicate with them, we browse the web with them, we shop with them, we pay for items with them, and much more besides so your smart phone will be considered essential.

Cutlery for eating your meals with is essential, as is furniture such as a bed. 

Create an inventory and go around your home identifying items, objects, and possessions which you really and truly consider essential. 

De-clutter one area at a time

Clutter can be detrimental to a person’s productivity and their mental health, so de-cluttering is always useful whenever possible. 

Rather than trying to de-clutter your entire home, instead focus on one area at a time and move on from there. If for example, your kitchen is full of clutter and gadgets and gizmos which you hardly ever use, if ever, begin by de-cluttering the kitchen and discarding as much as possible. 

Once you’ve de-cluttered the kitchen, then you can move onto the next room, and the next, and so on. 

Consider project 333

Project 333 is a fashion challenge for minimalists which basically challenges people to wear just 33 items of clothing for 3 months, including jewellery, clothing, shoes, and accessories. 

The basic idea here is that by wearing less and having less choice, arranging your wardrobe becomes easier, doing laundry becomes easier, and you have more space in your home and more free time on your hands to experience life in all its glory.