Decluttering your home will bring you huge benefits. There’s less stuff to distract the mind and less stuff to look after, tidy and clean. But, what’s the next step after you’ve decluttered? Decluttering is just one tool or action to help you use Minimalism to make your life easier, simpler and full of the important things. Yet, to be a Minimalist and to really enable Minimalism to change your life for the better, you have to think like a Minimalist. Check out this post and I’ll show you how!
How you think about the ‘stuff’ in your life
To understand and experience the benefits of Minimalism and make it sustainable for you and your family, you need to change the way you think about the stuff in your life. And here I mean not just physical stuff, but diary appointments and anything else that fills your physical and mental space.
We all need possessions and I’m definitely not suggesting you get rid of everything, or even most of what you own.
But, I am asking you to think differently about what you have and need.
Why do you have that stuff in your life?
- Do you keep your stuff because it really adds value to your life, either because you love it or need it? Or, do you have most of your stuff because it’s just built up over time and you’ve never really thought about the how and the why?
- Do you say yes to things that aren’t important because you like the sound of being busy, not sure what you’d do with your free time, or worried you might miss out on something special going on?!
Does your stuff deserve a place in your life?
Now start to ask yourself how and why. Then ask yourself whether the time you spend looking after your clutter (cleaning, tidying and moving it) is really worth it, or could you be doing something else instead? What about the time it took you to earn the money to buy that stuff? Does the happiness or purpose that item brings you now, justify the time it took for you to earn that money in the first place?
How to think like a Minimalist
You can re-train your brain to find happiness and satisfaction in other ways than just material possessions. If you list the things that are the most important to you in life you might say health, family, happiness, purpose, friends. You probably won’t say a fast car, a big house, or a designer wardrobe. It may be a cliché but the best things in life don’t cost much and they usually aren’t material possessions.
Thinking like a Minimalist means a paradigm shift in your approach to life – what’s important enough to let into it and learning to let go of the rest.
To think like a Minimalist…
- You need to remember that Minimalism is not about making you live with nothing. Instead it’s about enabling you to focus on the things that are most important to you and not getting side-tracked with anything that’s not important. Clutter can easily side-track you, muddle the brain and stop you focusing on the important things.
- You should be constantly vigilant and aware that you’re not letting into your home, heart and mind anything that doesn’t truly deserve to be there. By letting stuff in that shouldn’t be there, you’re blocking out the space for anything that should.
- You’ll have to make deliberate and intentional decisions about what’s important in your life. Although it might feel as though you’ve got to be constantly on your guard, so you don’t lapse, over time it’ll become a part of your normal pattern of thinking.
Keeping it up
Thinking like a Minimalist does become a habit, but it takes a while to become second nature. It also gets easier with practice and the first few steps you take are likely to be the hardest. Life puts up obstacles, challenges and temptations that might make it difficult for us to identify what’s just clutter, but these are really just opportunities for growth and development.
Don’t give up, let the shift in your mindset happen gradually, rather than forcing it. And with each area of your life that you’ve simplified, you’ll be encouraged to carry on!
Want to know more?
- 8 ways to simplify your life
- The complete guide to how to declutter your home
- What is Minimalism and 4 things it’s not
- Why Mums need Minimalism
Are you intrigued or inspired to give decluttering a go?
The benefits are massive if you can put in a little bit of effort to begin with.
Take my free 1 week declutter challenge – Declutter in Progress
A great place to start is with my 1 week declutter challenge. It’s completely free and will take you through decluttering four main areas/rooms in your home where you’ll see the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time.