Minimalist Living In 6 Easy Ways
Minimalism is all about living with less. This includes fewer financial strains, such as debt and unnecessary expenses. ... For many minimalists, the philosophy is about getting rid of excess stuff and living life based on experiences rather than material possessions. Minimalist living—or simplistic living—is nothing new. The concept, which involves freeing yourself from clutter and, to put it colloquially, "stuff," has been around for some time. In fact, you can find mentions of minimalism throughout history.
If you've ever packed up your home to move to a new place, you've probably realised something you don't always like to admit: you have way too much stuff. The Choosi Clutter Report estimates Australians have almost $60 billion worth of unused items in their homes.
The large majority of Australians have a cluttered home. Some admit they cannot stand the clutter. Still, although many claim their home is less cluttered compared to the past and compared to most other Australian households, there is also a widely held view that Australian households are becoming more cluttered day by day. Only a small minority believes Australian households are becoming more minimalist.
Living a minimalist lifestyle can benefit you in many ways, such as:
- Be free from financial worry
- Get rid of clutter that doesn’t add value to your life
- Spend more on experiences rather than stuff
- Be happier and less stressed
- Go green
- Develop better relationships
Below are 6 easy ways to get your minimal lifestyle started.
1. Only Make Mindful Purchases
When living a minimalist life, you’ll want only to make mindful purchases. Really think about what you are buying – does it make you happy, does it serve a purpose, could you purchase a similar item that serves multiple purposes, can you purchase a more expensive but better quality item that will last longer?
2. Reuse, Repurpose, Resell
While decluttering is a process we go through often, before throwing something in the trash, ask yourself, ‘can I reuse, repurpose or resell this?’ You’ll be amazed at what sells on online marketplaces. Also, by selling your items on charityBay, 95% of all proceeds go to your selected charity, so you are both helping the environment and discovering your power to create change.
These habits of minimalist living don’t all happen at once. They take time to develop, and as you go, you’ll refine what these things mean to you and how they work with the type of minimalist lifestyle you want to create.
3. Organise items by category
Some people like to organise everything by location. In this scenario, everything in the living area gets organized, then everything in the kitchen, and then everything in the bedroom, etc. You could also organize things with tubs or reusable tins and cans to store things, which then can be labeled.
4. Invest your minimalist savings
Minimalism is associated with cost-savings in many ways, allowing you to save more of your income long-term. You can use your savings to make smarter money choices, like adding more to your retirement funds or opening a new investment account.
5. Teach your family to value experiences
A minimalist who can influence their families leads by example and teaches the important lesson that experiences and memories can be more important than possessing tangible items.
6. Clear out garage space
It’s incredibly easy to let junk pile up in your garage, eliminating valuable space in your home. By clearing out your garage, you can create room to park your household vehicle(s) to avoid rain, snow, and direct heat. Donate your items using our platform.
We hope you enjoyed these tips on how to start your minimal lifestyle; as always, from charityBay, welcome to a new era of giving back.