Minimalism defined as owning fewer possessions and less financial burden. Society has been practicing minimalism unknowingly as a result of uncertainty of the economy. Reusing containers, paper bags, or preserve natural resources such as water are the example of common practices. There is no exemption in my case. My family and I have been practicing minimalist lifestyle unknowingly for the same reason. However, I started to look at minimalism from a new perspective after reading a book called ‘Goodbye Things’ by Fumio Sasaki and blogs related to minimalism such as The minimalists.
Since I have been living in a rented unit shared with four roommates for approximately a year, I have been practicing minimalism unconsciously due to the high cost of living in Singapore. I have been living with limited clothes and necessary facial and hair care, and body shower. I am astonished by how convenient for me to do daily laundry and organizing my stuff. Turns out that I can fully focus on my work and have a ‘me’ time. I started to enjoy the benefits of minimalism.
Hence, I would like to share with you tips in leading a minimalist lifestyle for a starter based on my humble experience. I would like to emphasize that each approaches toward minimalism will differ according to individuals’ situation (In my case, I’m living with four roommates so, implementing minimalism lifestyle is quite inconvenient for me but I try my best) so, find the best approaches that suit you.
Without further ado, starting with the first essential step which will make subsequent steps to be manageable.
1. Your mindset over matters
Ask yourself. What are the benefits of minimalism that interest you the most? Are you hoping to save money and time? Clean less and spend quality time traveling? Preserve the nature resources and the environment? Joshua Becker, the founder of Becoming Minimalist blog has emphasized that it’s not merely about owning less things.
The end goal of minimalism is to live better, more intentional life focused on things that matter. So start there.
Identify your goal plays an important role in taking the first step toward leading a minimalist lifestyle.
2. Organize, analyze and remove unnecessary clothes moderately
Once your closet is well- organized, you will be able to identify clothes that you no longer wear easily. If it takes time for you to think about whether to get rid of the clothes or not, move on to other clothes and come back later. They should be donated or sold, the same goes for your shoes. As a result, it reduces your time in pondering on outfits you have to wear and you will also be more aware of the clothing you own before you buy another piece of clothing. Less means more!
I have nothing to be proud of with my clothes choices (I have lacked of fashion sense😂) but well, at least I could save spaces in my closet.☺️
3. Buy the needs, not wants despite they are on sale
Ask yourself, do you need it? Will you be using it now? Sometimes the temptation of buying extra food or things is hard to resist in the beginning but think for the future, you could use your money to buy experience which could lead to fulfillment rather than temporary happiness.
4. Plan ahead of the meals.
In my opinion, this is an effective method if you wanted a healthy diet as well as de-cluttering your fridge. Buy ingredients for the whole week especially during a global pandemic. You can take time to plan meals with the necessary nutrition to avoid buying stuff mindlessly. You will be able to optimize food consumption and reduce food spending given if you follow what you have planned strictly.
Just a reminder: I am aware that food with long life shelf can be kept for a long time but, keeping for too long knowing that they have a long life shelf will just be ended up in the bin. Use it or buy when you need.
Borrow books from the public library rather than buy them. If there are books you loved to read and you can’t locate the nearest library, read e-books instead. ( In my case, I just kept one book with me and the rest I borrowed or read online and it works perfectly fine to me).
These are just the starting point of leading a minimalist lifestyle. As you’re getting along with the routine and gradually learn about minimalism in-depth, you will find there are different ways of leading a minimalist lifestyle.
Share in the comments if you have more tips for beginners like us. I’m keen to know more!
Have a nice day 😊