As a preconceived notion, Minimalism these days has been restricted to Pinterest ideas and social media. Many have adopted minimalism as a lifestyle, but a few think minimalism is no cakewalk, And a few others believe minimalist life is black, white, and dull.
On thecontrary, Minimalism is easy and has no specific set of rules to follow. Minimalism is actually a state of mind, A state of being. It is questioning everything you own, everything you want, And everything you think. It is consciously choosing what is more important for now. Minimalism is not about owning less, But more about owning things that you do need.
Assumptions about minimalism are many. Like I said before, Many perceive minimalism as depriving or controlling yourself from those feel-good purchases we do every month after we get a paycheck.
As Antoine De Saint quotes, “Perfection is achieved, Not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
Misconceptions about minimalism.
Simplifying your life doesn’t necessarily mean you are sacrificing. It can imply that you are willing to choose a life full of joy and reject everything that isn’t that. I am guilty of shopping skincare and makeup all the time. I felt I needed it, Another facewash, Newly launched lipsticks, Pricy skincare. I would buy a new lip balm even after having tonnes of unused ones still lying in my drawer, or I would buy a new face wash even when I had a few bottles of them lying around, which would work just fine. I always felt trying out new products is cool and felt happy after I bought something, I binge-watched haul videos of Instagrammers and beauty gurus only to feel I didn’t own enough.
I had known about minimalism and its concept earlier. But, seldom tried inculcating it in my life. A radical shift happened after researching and reading books on it. As I shifted to a new city, I decided to take things that I need and eliminate the rest. I realized half of the stuff that I owned were never used by me and were just occupying the space instead.
When you eliminate the negative thoughts from your mind, The stuff that no longer serves its purpose, Or anything you own in excess, you relieve yourself of the burden they cause, You make room for things and thoughts that bring a positive vibe into your home and life. Decluttering your home will automatically, by default, dejunks your mind as well. That is why I feel cleaning is therapy.
Many misunderstand decluttering as organizing. Organizing is rearranging the things you own, whereas, Decluttering is getting rid of the stuff you no longer need.
2. Decluttered mind, A happy mind.
Materialistic desires will never come to an end, It’s a never-ending loop. You won’t be able to escape from it until you realize that any new material you purchase won’t make you happy. Even if they do, it’s short-lived, Which will make you buy something new again and again.
What to do instead?
On a serious note, I do believe in spending on experiences that help you thrive and create some good memories that will last forever rather than on new stuff that accumulates space. So how about saving for a weekend trip instead of purchasing another lipstick?
You save money!! Of course, you will!!! A tonne of cash!! Honestly start questioning every product you want to buy. Do you need it or want it? Can something you already have can replace this? Is it worth the money you spend? Can’t I buy this next time? Can I purchase something multi-functional instead?
Questions like these helped me while I was struggling with impulsive shopping. Every time you visit a store, make sure you have a list of things you can stick to, and if you feel like buying anything beyond the list, take a picture of it instead and wait for a week. Even after a week, if you still feel the need to buy it, go ahead.
Okay, So now that we have discussed a few benefits of implementing minimalism, Let’s see the popular methods of decluttering.
This method was put out by Minimalists.com and is an intense decluttering method. You have to pack everything in boxes as if you’re moving out, and whenever you need something, you can take it out. You may need toothbrush and toothpaste the first thing in the morning and other necessary products. At the end of that month, you will have all the essential items out of the box. The stuff lying inside the box that you didn’t use can be disposed of or donated.
2. 3-Box method.
This is my go-to method of tidying up. You have to create a “yes” pile, A “no” pile and a “maybe” pile. The things that you use regularly goes in the “yes” pile, Things that you seldom use goes in “no” pile and will be discarded or donated, The things you are confused about will go in the “maybe” pile, which will be then kept away from your sight for a month. If you remember anything from that pile and feel like using it, Go ahead. If you forget what was there in that pile it means you no longer need it, so ditch it.
“A place for everything and everything in its place” – Benjamin Franklin
3. One for one method.
For every new item you buy, you have to let go of an old piece you own. That way, new stuff won’t be adding up in your space. Another trick that helped me reduce needless clutter is making a home for every item I own. Every item should have a place in the house to where it belongs. Just like the cosmetics belong in the drawer or the juicer sits in the cabinet inside the kitchen. If you don’t have a space to store something, Make a space first and then buy it.
4. The minimalist game.
This method was again put out by minimalists.com, Every day of the month, you have to get rid of an item, the first day of the month, get rid of one product, and on the second day, discard two products. That way, you will not be exhausted tidying up space on one single day.
I highly recommend reading “The life-changing magic of tidying up” by maria kondo, “Essentialism” by Greg Mckeown.