This is another post in my minimalist lifestyle series. Are you tired of feeling empty, even after you’ve chased things that you thought would make life more enjoyable? You might have even made the mistake that if you have that muscle car or truck, you finally arrived. We have to stop believing things define who we are.
Look around your house right now. Are there toys and knick-knacks that you’re attached to that you just can’t or will never give up? You need to stop and ask yourself why and how you’ve become so inseparable to them. Minimalists live life completely upside down from this.
7 Rules of Living a Minimalist Lifestyle
Living a minimalist lifestyle has many rewards, including living a better and more fulfilling life. There are no longer financial obstacles holding you back from placing your time, energy and money where you see fit. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
If you decide to live your life as a minimalist, you’ll be surprised at how many more freedoms and joy you’ll experience. Let’s take a closer look at minimalist living by keying in on 7 rules that will make this possible.
1. De-cluttering Is Not a One Time Process
Making the decision to live life with less brings you to a crossroads in life, especially if you own a bunch of stuff. Maybe you’re still having a hard time letting go of things, and that’s okay.
Decluttering your home and life is the first rule to live life simpler. Take baby steps by letting go of things that hold no value to you, and move from there. Hit up one room at a time, and don’t try and overwhelm yourself by decluttering your home all in one afternoon.
Decluttering your home one time does not mean you have finally arrived and are now living better. It’s a thought process that needs to be visited repeatedly.
The more times you continue decluttering your home, the easier you will find it to letting go of things you once thought you could never let go of.
2. Organize Your Belongings
Now that you’ve cleaned, tidied and decluttered your home, you can move on to organizing. Have you ever had to dig through your whole house for something? Everything in your home should have a place, and you need to know where that is.
If you have magazines, they shouldn’t be piled up on the coffee table. When you’re finished reading them, you can discard them or find a cubbyhole for those you may need to refer to in the future for some important reason. Out of sight, out of mind.
Your tools shouldn’t be in several locations throughout the house. Everything needs to be grouped together and organized in a way that keeps you from hunting for everything.
3. Stop Pursuing Things
Living with the minimalist approach will keep you from pursuing things to make you happy. There’s nothing wrong with having nice or new things, but our lives should not revolve around adding more things to our collection. With all that wasted time and money spent on possessions, you could use it by pursuing what matters most in life. Relationships.
4. Detach Your Worth From Things
We’ve established that things might make us happy for a little while, but that happiness will wear off. You also have to find a way to break free from the idea that having those material things help make a better you.
5. Make Smart Purchases on the Right Things
If you’re like me, you might have purchased cases of water bottles for years because your water in the sink is not safe to drink. Purchasing a water filter might cost more money upfront, but it has a lasting reward and will pay for itself quickly.
Take a look at other things that you purchase. If you just spent a little more on the lasting thing, you wouldn’t have to buy the cheaper substitute so frequently, saving you far more money.
You also need to learn to only make purchases on things that you really need. If you find yourself needing to purchase a tool, and only using it once, consider borrowing it from someone or possibly renting it.
Stop yourself and question, is this purchase a want or a need? This will help prevent you from the majority of your bad spending habits by following this step.
6. Learn to Say No at Times
Choosing to be a minimalist means to say “no” at times. We already live crazy and hectic lifestyles and can get easily overwhelmed. You don’t always have to say “yes” when you’re invited to that birthday party or yes to going to your neighbor’s daughter’s recital.
If you have a hundred-million other activities and errands to do that day, shoving that event in will just take you over the edge.
Now, if you can cut some of your errands out that can wait, to be able to go to that birthday party, that’s ok. Something is going to have to give.
7. Be More Generous with Your Assets
Owning fewer things should free you up to spend your money in a number of different ways. Being able to lend or give to those in need often provides far greater joy than spending your money on things for yourself.
You’ll feel better about who you are as a person. If you don’t feel comfortable with giving your money away, there are other ways to give generously to others.
Giving your time and energy is another way of helping others. Giving your time by helping in a Boy’s and Girl’s club, spending time with complete strangers at a nursing home, or helping out in any capacity at a homeless shelter are other ways of helping.
Living a life where you are helping those in need is by far the most rewarding life to live.
These are 7 rules to living a minimalist lifestyle that you to may want to follow, so that you live a more rewarding life. If you’ve considered becoming a minimalist for a while, what concerns have been holding you back? If your an all-in minimalist already, tell us what other pointers have helped you live life with less. May God bless this world, Linda
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