5 Ways to Practice Minimalism

Living a cluttered life can be stressful. You look around your apartment and you see all the junk you accumulated all these years. You filled your life with so much excess that now, you don’t have the time or space left for things that really matter. If you want to declutter and find new ways to live a more manageable life, click to get a few ideas.

by Jen Chuaunsu, 18 July 2017

They say that less is more. But isn’t it better to have more of everything? Not necessarily. Minimalism helps you lead a simple uncluttered life. When you simplify your life, you avoid wasting time, space and energy. You appreciate what you have and focus on the things that actually matter. Here are a few tips to help you practice minimalism in your life


Purge

Minimalism reminds us that possessions are easy to replace. Our friends, our loved ones, and our purpose in life matter more than material goods. But we get so attached to objects and forget our real priorities. Practice minimalism by purging your belongings. Start by getting rid of anything that you don’t feel attached to or those that serve no purpose. Go through every room of your house and assess everything you own. Pick up each item and ask yourself, “Does this item bring me joy?” “Is it useful to me?” If it does, then keep it. If it doesn’t or if you’re not sure, then donate it or throw it away.


Delete

Technology can create a lot of clutter. Every day you’re bombarded with social media notifications, emails, and messages. Do yourself a favor and clean out your desktop. Delete old files you don’t need anymore. Delete old contacts from your phone. Streamline your newsfeed by limiting your Facebook friends. Remove and unsubscribe from irrelevant emails. You’ll free up more space on your phone and feel freer as well.


Stick to Zero Waste Techniques

It’s impossible to go completely zero waste, but take the effort not to be wasteful. Use a canvas bag for shopping instead of using plastic bags. Use cloth for cleaning instead of wasting paper towels. If your clothes are already worn out, repurpose them and use them in another way. Adopting zero waste techniques is just beneficial to you, it will be good for the environment as well.


Choose Quality over Quantity

Quality over quantity is key. Instead of buying clothes that are cheap but trendy, invest in pieces that are timeless and meticulously made. Don’t just follow the trends. Focus on buying durable, high quality items, so you can get more bang for your buck. If you have to choose between cheap shoes that are not durable versus pricey good ones, choose the top quality shoes. The latter might be more expensive, but you’ll end up saving more money in the long run. One good pair is better than five cheap ones that you’ll have to keep replacing.


Make Your To-Do List Manageable

Instead of having 10 things on your agenda, be realistic and just include five essential tasks in your to-do list. Finish the most important task first and then go on from there. You’ll be more efficient in your work. You’ll be able to do more and keep your stress level under control.