Overwhelmed? Try Minimalism.

Minimalism. Without context, it may seem to be a trend akin to kombucha, virtual reality fitness, and hygge. You might picture someone with few possessions. Maybe you think of someone who denies any sort of indulgence. Well, you’ve got it all wrong. We’re here to bust the minimalism myths. Whether you live in an urban jungle or a small town, there’s so much stimulation to overspend and overuse, to be better, faster, stronger. Think about all the noise: social media, deadlines, conference calls, relationship issues. Sometimes life feels hectic—but you’re not alone. From business trips to eating healthy, from wedding planning to looking effortless (always), it can seem impossible to juggle everything!

Think of minimalism as a way to cleanse your mind and keep out the unnecessary—that which you can rid yourself of to clear a path. Literally and physically. Minimalism is a mindset and lifestyle that will help clear away the trivial things in life to make room for what really matters.

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What is minimalism?

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Minimalism is a decision to use less, consciously. This trendy word has become a lifestyle choice that people throughout history have adapted to reduce the noise and clutter of modern life. Think Confucius, Da Vinci, Einstein, and Steve Jobs. Minimalism is living simply and intentionally. This means keeping only items that provide value and pleasure and getting rid of things that don’t serve you. It’s easy to get caught up in consumerism and the constant desire to have more. An intentional mindset and willingness to consider your possessions are key tenets of minimalism.

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What are the rules? Does minimalism mean getting rid of all my possessions?

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Rule number one: keep it simple. Adapting a minimalistic lifestyle doesn’t mean living in the woods, free from technology and all material possessions. On the contrary. Minimalism means spending time thinking about the value you derive from everything in your life. This means being intentional about what you surround yourself with.

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How can simplicity fit into a busy schedule?

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Whether you’re working 9-5 or hustling to build your own business, life can feel overwhelming. Simplicity can actually help make a hectic day less stressful. Think about it this way. Less clothes in your closet mean less time spent choosing outfits. With less clutter and knick-knacks, you’ll spend way less time cleaning and more time doing the things that matter.

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How can one incorporate minimalism into a skincare routine? Along those lines, what sort of process can you use to whittle down your wardrobe?

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Skincare can be an endless black hole of testing new products, routines and spending tons of your hard-earned dollars. Minimalistic skincare routines involve fewer products that pack a punch. No unnecessary, ineffective sheet masks here! Minimalism challenges you to find what works for you and find multiple uses for each item. Try Markie Kondo’s techniques for simplifying your wardrobe and home. Pick up each item you own and ask yourself “Does this give me happiness, usefulness, or pleasure? How do I feel when I use/wear this?”

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Is minimalism an economical choice?

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Yes! You’ll own less, buy less, and save money. But that doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice quality. Minimalism is all about choosing the most effective items and lifestyle choices for you. That means spending less frivolously. You’ll be able to save more for tangible experiences that derive a sense of meaning that a pair of shoes left in the closet for years just can’t.

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Like anything in life, there are downsides of living with less. What sacrifices does a new minimalist have to make?

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One major sacrifice you will need to make is giving up instant gratification. In this digital age, we are constantly being advertised the newest, best and most effective goods. You’ll have to seriously think about each and every item you bring into your home and your life. Rather than purchasing that faux fur coat from your Instagram ads, you’ll need to challenge yourself to question such investments.

So, could minimalism be in the cards for you? Start small. You don’t have to dive in head first. If you feel like simplifying your busy life, try starting with just one of these tips. You can slowly incorporate minimalistic practices into your everyday life. Minimalism is a choice to care for yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. Adapting to this lifestyle might take a little bit of work, but it is completely feasible. It’s time to take care of you!

Follow @theminimalists for more inspiration, tips, and tricks of a minimalist lifestyle.

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