Hello! So this is the first post of a two post series, so be sure to come back and read the second half. So a few weeks ago, in my 5 Easy Budget Tips post, I mentioned how one of my goals for the year are to start living a more minimalistic lifestyle. If you’re interested in minimalism and haven’t already, I definitely suggest watching the document Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. You can find it on Netflix and YouTube. I’ve been doing a lot of research on minimalism and different minimalism challenges that people have done and I’ve discovered a lot of misconceptions about minimalism. So here’s the breakdown folks (from my view, anyway):
What is minimalism?
So The Minimalists define minimalism as “a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom. Other blogs that I’ve read have summed it up to having the bare minimum to live and minimizing technological clutter and non-necessities. I consider minimalism as a way to stop dusting so much! Just kidding. Minimalism for me is identifying the things in life that truly matter and letting everything else go. I think about if Robert and I had to downsize from our 1 bedroom apartment, what would I really want to have in our home? I know some imagine minimalism as white walls and only accents of grays and neutrals, but I’m different. I would imagine accents walls and using paint on the walls as art to bring a room to life, like many will do with wall decor. I would love to have my bookshelves because having paper books has always been very important to me. I would also need photos, pictures of our loved ones, so we remember what’s important in life. Everything else is icing.
What are the benefits of minimalism?
So possibly the largest benefit that minimalist notice from what I’ve read is that they spend less time cleaning. Another is the ability to focus. When you’re constantly surrounded by things, it’s easy for your attention to be pulled in different directions. It’s easy to forget the things that matter when you’re surrounded by so many things that don’t. Another great one is cost. There’s no need to buy more mundane things so you’re able to keep those extra dollars in your pocket.
So what is this Minimalism Challenge?
So the minimal challenge that I’m partaking in, is that for 30 days straight I’m going to throw away one thing in my apartment that adds no value to my life. Whether it’s clothes, decor, old supplies, beauty products I don’t use, or even just trash. I’m going to be throwing things out, at least 1 a day, for 30 days. I’ll also be keeping track of what’s being thrown out to show what appears to be of the least value to me. My bet is probably clothes and beauty/hair products.
So be sure to check back in at the end of the month to see how things went down and if I’m capable of minimizing my life. Also, comment below and let me know if you want to join my monthly challenge or have done a challenge relating to minimalism.
Thanks for reading!
From Taji, With Love