One of the biggest stumbling blocks that my clients run into when trying to live a simpler, more minimalist life is this:
“Where do I start?”
When you have had a cluttered, busy life full of distractions and stress for so long, it feels like you have a mountain to climb before you can come out on the other side with more clarity, focus, and simple happiness.
Trust me, I totally get it. There are so many different parts of our lives that minimalism can improve for us: our finances, our relationships, our physical space, our health… But none of them will get to reap the benefits if we never get started.
This post is meant to be a simple guide for you to use to take the FIRST step in embracing minimalism into your life.
If you don’t know where or how to start, then start here and let’s do it together.
The logical first step to embracing minimalism is to declutter your home, car, and workspace. Getting rid of material items and having an organized space to live and work in will help give you the clarity to apply minimalist principles to other aspects of your life. Starting with the tangible things in your life will also allow you to reap the benefits immediately and will leave you wanting to be a little more minimalist every day. Give it a shot!
Make a list of the rooms in your home, your cars, and your work space.
Prioritize your top 5 spaces by putting in order depending on how much time you spend in each room. #1 should be where you spend the most time.
- Living Room
START WITH ONE ROOM. Start with the room in which you spend the most time and go through everything in it. Every drawer, shelf, and closet. As you go through things, make three piles:
- I need this
- I don’t need this
- I am not ready to let this go yet.
When you are done immediately get rid of the “I don’t need this” pile.
Next, find an organized way to keep the things in your “I need this” pile.
Go through your “I am not ready to let this go yet” pile.
Answer this question for each thing: Why am I not ready? (I might need it someday, it was a gift, it brings back good memories, I spent a lot of money on it.)
If you have not used this item in over 6 months, I would advise you to find someone who can put it to use. Maybe even someone close to you so it could be available to you if you ever need it. If you have not used this item in over a year, I would advise that you get rid of it or find a way to use it more often. Maybe reuse it to create a decorative piece if it is nostalgic. Remember that holding on to something does not bring back the money you spent on it. If that is the reason you are keeping something, it is time to let it go.
Get a box for the items you just cannot bear to part with. Put them in a box and store the box in your attic/basement/garage. Mark a day on your calendar (6 months-1 year) from now. Go back through the box and get rid of everything you do not need. You owe it to yourself to get rid of things you do not love in order to make space for more joy.
Now, when you are ready, go back and do this to another room and another room and another room until you have gone through your entire house. When you are done, you will be able to look around you and only see things that bring you joy. Are you struggling with any part of this? If so, do not hesitate to send me an email here! I am always happy to help <3