Becoming a Minimalist: A Guide

Not everyone likes the idea of being a minimalist. But for many of us living in tiny New York City apartments, the choice is either living with lots of items or mostly just with essentials.  If you prefer to have less things—and hopefully spend less money on buying goods—here are some pointers to get you started:

Decide What Your Goals Are

The first step to becoming a minimalist is to decide how simple you want to live. Do you want to only have absolute essentials or do you want some knickknacks and memory invoking pieces around your home? Is your goal to get rid of some of the items you own or is it to purchase less moving forward? There are no right answers here and the only thing that matters is a goal that makes sense to you.

De-clutter Your Home

Once you know how it is you want to live, you can start to get rid of the items you no longer want. Place any unwanted items in designated boxes to be taken to a self-storage unit, donation center or to be sold.  You can begin by purging the items you know for sure you don’t need and work your way to de-cluttering more as you get the hang of it.

Make Rules For Purchases

Decide how you want to handle future purchases. You might opt to only purchase an item if you purge a similar item, which will mean you are not adding more things to the home and merely replacing. Or you might opt for a different system that would better work for you. Either way, having a plan in place will allow you to think twice prior to making a purchase.

It’s Okay to Fail

There will come a time when you will purchase an item you won’t need or when you decide to keep an item even though you know you won’t have use for it. Don’t beat yourself up for it. Forgive yourself and move on. The point of being a minimalist is to reduce stress and clutter not to further stress yourself out.


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