Clutter is my worst enemy, and nothing is worse! We have had two kids and a ton of toys around the house that we have not used in a long time. It is time to purge and a good way to do it is following the pillars of minimalism to keep what we need and donate the rest.
Here are 9 steps to practical minimalism that you can start on today.
- Don’t over commit your time. Time is precious, and can easily be wasted on the daily. Understanding your current priorities and aligning them to your commitments are key to understanding what things you need to keep and what things you need to purge. Make sure your daily goals align with your time blocks.
- Understand what is important and what is not in your house. Understanding what you need and what you don’t is a key practice of minimalism. If you haven’t work a piece of clothing in over a year, it may be time to donate. If you’ve never worn those golf shoes, it make be time to donate. Understanding your inventory is key to understanding what you need to keep and what you need to throw away.
- Clutter, be gone! Any disorganization in the house needs its own space. There shouldn’t be crap cluttered all over your house. Every object in your house should have a permanent home and everyone should know where it is and should keep it there.
- Full time productivity is not necessary. Being productive is great, but not giving yourself some alone time and quiet time is not good. Everyone needs to rest and reflect at different parts of the day. Make sure you are carving out me time for yourself to meditate, read, and study. You won’t regret it!
- Meditation and prayer helps. We see hundreds and hundreds of advertisements daily. All of these images end up being overwhelming and can make us into scatter brains. There are 5 minute meditations out on YouTube that really help to quickly center yourself and give yourself the time to be grateful for the you and the universe.
- Buy what you need and what you want sometimes. Buying something new should be a reward and not a daily activity. It is good to reward yourself for achievements, but sometimes you can go overboard with online shopping. We all do it. We may not need those new pair of shoes. We may not need that new dress. Make sure we are all buying what we need always but what we want on more rare occasions.
- Do one thing at a time. Multitasking sounds like a good idea but it never really is. When you focus 50/50 on a task it usually comes out only 50% done. Make sure you carve out your full attention to projects that matter.
- Ease up on the notifications, especially at night. I absolutely love my phone. I listen to sleep music at night, and relaxing music or podcasts during the day. I have all of my notifications on, but I do limit my notifications after 8pm nightly. I have a do not disturb button on my phone that allows me to disconnect fully and not be interrupted during family time.
- Let go, and let God when it comes to SPAM. Bye, bye, bye SPAM! In order to minimize your time spent on email, make sure you unsubsribe to anything you are not really reading or engaging with. Audit your feelings when you open up emails and if you can get away with it and it’s non work related, SPAM it and unsubscribe.
What other ways do you honor minimalism but live fully?
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