The easiest thing in the world is to just keep doing what you’re already doing. Change takes effort and energy. Most people don’t start minimalism because they recognize that it will take a mindset shift and implementation of new behaviors.
Building up the difficulty level of minimalism in your head only serves to delay starting your new minimalist journey. Today I’m going to break down how you can stop procrastinating and avoiding minimalism.
The years of organizing, overflowing rooms, and filling storage units need to come to an end. Your time is precious so let’s preserve your future time and start minimalism today.
Yes, I know it would be so much easier if you could just wake up and all the minimizing was already done. But unfortunately the 300,000+ items in your possession will need to be sorted one by one to move towards minimalism.
Instead of trying to tackle everything at once, start small. Pick one area of your life to focus on that until completion. If you want some hand holding from a minimalist, I’ve got room by room tutorials for every space in my e-course.
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Set a Goal
Don’t bite off more than you can chew, it will discourage you. Create a long term schedule of minimizing goals as well as short term goals. Your early goals should be easy spaces with very few sentimental items.
Having small wins along the way to your clutter free life is a great way to stay motivated. In order to get to the end you have to start minimalism by creating your plan.
Start working your plan. Your first areas such as bathrooms, kitchen, and living room will have very few sentimental items making them easier to declutter. Get rid of garbage, broken items, things you no longer need, and anything that doesn’t bring you joy.
Throwing away items is not the only way to remove it from your space. You can donate, re-home, sell, or gift items in order to get them out of your home.
Create a Vision
Reflect on the reasons why you want to become a minimalist, and remind yourself of them when you feel like procrastinating. Create a vision board of how you want your life to look like after you declutter and simplify.
Keep this vision board visible as you work towards your goal. Your greatest motivation will come from knowing where you want to end up.
Remember that minimalism is a journey and it takes time. Take it one step at a time, and don’t be too hard on yourself. All progress is good.
The one thing you have to be careful of is constantly going backwards then forwards on repeat. If you’re only maintaining your clutter than you need to re-evaluate what you’re bringing into your home.
Find someone you trust to help you stay accountable and motivated. For example this could be a friend, family member, or a community of like-minded people.
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Having someone to vent with as you untangle your complicated emotions surrounding possessions is super helpful. Stuff holds different kinds of value in our lives and shifting your beliefs will lead to lots of conversations.
Reward yourself for making progress. This could be something simple like treating yourself to a favorite meal or taking a relaxing bath after a productive decluttering session.
Be sure to treat yourself with experiences and not physical items. Get a massage, meet a friend for a pedicure, hire a personal trainer, or indulge in dessert after dinner. Do not under any circumstances reward yourself by buying clutter.