“Minimalism is a tool to eliminate life’s excess, focus on the essentials and find happiness, fulfilment and freedom” – Joshua Fields Millburn
Hey Gorgeous Goddess,
Today I want to share with you how I became a minimalist, switching from a mindset of “I need MORE” to “I want LESS”! In today’s article I’m going to share some of my top tips and a step-by-step approach of how you can transition to a minimalistic lifestyle too.
What Is Minimalism?
Minimalism is all about living with less. For many minimalists, the philosophy is about getting rid of excess stuff and living life based on experiences rather than worldly possessions.
How A Minimalistic Lifestyle Can Benefit You!
In the words of Joshua Fields Millburn “Minimalism is a tool to eliminate life’s excess, focus on the essentials and find happiness, fulfilment and freedom”.
Transitioning to a minimalist lifestyle means you will:
-Spend less and save more.
-Stress less and enjoy your space more (To have a cluttered space is to have a cluttered mind).
-Experience a feeling of freedom from material possessions.
-Do something good for the environment (The less we consume, the less of an impact we have on the environment).
-Be more productive (Do more, with less).
-Be a good example for your kids.
-Purchase higher quality items.
-Be happier (Having fewer possessions makes you happier).
-Free yourself from comparisonitis!
-Enrich your life with experiences, rather than things.
-Make your home more visually appealing and easier to clean.
-Release the past and create a better future.
-Make life more efficient (Less clutter to find things easier).
-Be able to live in a smaller space (A big house is a big investment).
-Focus on the things that are most meaningful to you.
I grew up with a lack mentality, a mindset of “never having enough” that was inherited and passed down from the generations before me. I believed that I didn’t have enough and that I needed more of everything to be happy. More make-up, more clothes, more shoes, more accessories, more décor, more magazines, more money… I “needed” MORE! MORE! MORE!
When I began on my wellness path I took a good look at my values and reassessed my beliefs. I came to the realisation that what I believed to be true for myself was very different to the mindset I had when I was younger. What I truly believe is that I have an abundant life, one that I am extremely grateful for. I can genuinely say that I already have everything that I could possibly need and more. There are still things that I dream of having one day and goals that I am working towards, but they are wants not needs, and that puts things into perspective.
When I realised that my needs were already met and I had way more than I actually needed I did a full 180 and went from a mindset of “I need MORE” to “I want LESS”! I became a minimalist and did a “Marie Kondo” style sort and tidy of every single room of our house. That was years ago now, but I still continuously reassess the items in our home. Pretty well every 3 months or so I will sell a few valuable items around our home which we no longer need or want and donate a box or two to charity.
Our home, or wellness sanctuary as I like to call it, is clean, organised and free of “stuff”. Our wellness sanctuary contains our essential items that have purpose and meaning to us. Our bedroom for example has only four items in it… our bed, a Himalayan crystal salt lamp, a plant and our essential oil diffuser. Our bedroom is a place for rest and love making… nothing else, therefore we don’t need any extra items in this space. How many items do you currently have in your bedroom right now? Without judgement, simply observe and bring awareness to your current set-up.
How To Transition To A Minimalistic Lifestyle:
Step 1 – Recognise that you already have enough!
If you have clothes on your back, a safe place to sleep, access to clean water and food to eat then you have everything you need. Once you realise this, it really puts everything into perspective and makes the following steps much easier to do. You can use an affirmation like, “I am enough, I have enough, my needs are met” to support you with this.
Step 2 – Overcome your attachment to possessions!
I try to practice the Buddhist approach of non-attachment. Detach yourself from things and don’t allow your belongings to “own” you. When you release yourself from the power your “stuff” has over you, you will feel so much freedom and independence. You can use an affirmation like, “I do not attach myself to people, places or things, I am free”.
Step 3 – Let go of what no longer serves you!
This is my favourite part! As you start to sort through your possessions you have the opportunity to not only let go of the physical items but also release any emotional attachment you have to those items. You may find that this process brings up a lot of unaddressed emotional baggage that you have been carrying around with you (possibly for years). Up until now, you may have been totally unaware that these stored items were causing you to hold onto unpleasant memories or suppressed emotion. You can even make a little ritual out of it! When I find an item I no longer want or need I like to take a moment and say something like “Thank you for being a part of my past, I now let you go with ease as I no longer need you in my future”.
Top Tip: Use the “Decluttering Checklist from the KonMarie Method”, to help you sort through your items with ease and not overwhelm.
Step 4 – Be a conscious consumer!
Before I purchase anything, I ask myself these questions…
1.Why do I want to purchase this item? Do I truly want this for myself or is the world telling me I “should” have this?
2.Do I truly need this item? What purpose does it serve?
3.Where will this item go in my home?
4.Can I spend my money more wisely?
5.Can I live without it?
6.Does this item bring value to my life or enrich my life in some way?
7.Does this item evoke joy?
8.If I bring this item home, what will I let go of?
Top Tips: We have a rule in our home that if we bring something new in, then something else must go. Pat and I also made the decision when we had our kids that for Christmas and Birthday’s we would prefer to give them an experience rather than a physical gift and we do the same for each other too.
Want To Know More?
If you want to dive deeper into the world of living a minimalistic lifestyle, I highly recommend watching “Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things (2015)”. You can also read the book “Minimalism” by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus or “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo.
So darling, I hope this article has inspired you to transition to a minimalistic lifestyle too! I can promise you that if you start to implement this into your life, you will start to see the benefits of it! Share this with your besties right now, to encourage them too!!! I want to spread the message of true health and happiness to as many people as possible and I would LOVE your help so get sharing!
Love Kat Xx
Ps – I would love to hear how minimalism has changed your life for the better! Feel free to drop into my DM’s or share your story on social media, don’t forget to tag me @kathryn.chandler on Instagram when you share your post so I can cheer you on!!!