5 Ways I Adapted Minimalism into My Life
I was a hoarder.
That was definitely me before I went to college. I love saving everything, thinking it is highly valuable and I will look back to it one day, reminiscing the time(s) I used it or reasons why I kept it. I kept all my new and old clothes in my closet, stuffing it to the max (can you relate to clothes spilling out or not being able to close your closet door?).
So...How did I start my minimalist journey?
It started on my second year of college. I’m the first out of my family to live in a dorm at college. I can still remember looking at my closet, desk, and kitchen, thinking about ALL the things I need to pack. “Where do I start? But I need this shirt. My suitcase won’t fit anymore.” Those thoughts floated through my mind whenever I have to start packing. My anxiety and stress level was HIGH. I could not sleep at night thinking I can’t possibly live without this shirt, that book, etc. that didn’t fit into my suitcase.
As I was getting ready to return home for summer break in my sophomore year, I realized there were a lot of clothes and other items that I have not used but I bought it back to my dorm. I was tired of packing and unpacking, racking my head to think of a space where I can put everything. I decided to take action. By no means did I accomplish this instantly, but overtime, I learned to adapt ways to a minimalist lifestyle. I became happier and less anxious.
5 Ways to Adapt Minimalism into Your Life
Clean-Out Your Closet
Starting from a small section of your closet, sort through your clothes/ shoes. Make 2 piles- 1 pile for clothes you no longer wear or have only worn 1-2 times this year, and the other clothes you know for sure you will continue to wear. If you are torn between the two piles, ask yourself whether or not you will wear it within the next 1-2 months or foresee yourself wearing it more than 3 times in a year. Donate clothes you no longer need.
Ask Yourself if You Truly Need to Purchase that Item
Before checking out in store or online, look through the items you put in your cart and ask yourself if you truly need it. Did you add a couple extra items along the way that was not in your plan? Whether you are grocery shopping or shopping online, give yourself a 5-10 minute break before checking out. Is it within your budget? Does it add value to your life?
Do you have piles and piles of paper, magazine, books, receipts, etc. in your room, bag, desk area? Grab a recycle bin and begin clearing a small space at a time. Put important paperwork in a folder or scan them to your computer. Look through your kitchen pantry. Are there cans goods or snacks you no longer eat and have not expired? Donate them to a food shelter.
Is your inbox constantly filled with advertisements/promotional emails? How many of them do you actually look at? Start hitting unsubscribe and you will be surprised by how much freer you will feel with an inbox that is filled with important emails only.
Scroll through your contact/ “friends” list on your phone, Facebook, Instagram or any other social platforms you use. Does a name sound unfamiliar? Are there people who you are no longer friends but you still have their contact information? Hit DELETE.
Find yourself with too many plastic bags or water bottles in your house? Try to bring reusable produce bags with you when you go grocery shopping. If you can, purchase a reusable water bottle instead of using plastic ones. Bring a metal straw with you if you prefer to drink with a straw at restaurants or cafes. Lastly, recycle as much as you can.
Do the best that you can! By no means do you have to do everything at once, but being more aware and starting now will be extremely helpful. I hope you will find these minimalism tips beneficial!