Declutter Your Life and Save: 4 Simple Ways to Start Living a Minimalist Lifestyle Today
Do you feel like you have too much stuff in your life? You’re not alone. We live in a very consumerist society these days. The ubiquity of social media and the push towards a cashless society haven’t helped. Everywhere we turn, there seems to be an advertisement for some product or service we’re told we’re in need of. The pressure to open our wallets and spend can be overwhelming. Even someone frugal like me has succumbed to the pressures. My closet is full of clothes I’ve never worn or only worn once or twice.
So, you’ve recognized you’ve got too much stuff in your life. What do you do? One thing you can do is declutter your life and live a minimalist lifestyle. When you own less stuff, it means you’re able to focus on the more important aspects of your life. You’re also able to save a lot of money. While minimizing your life may seem like a lot of work, it’s not if you plan ahead.
Ready to live a minimalist lifestyle? Here are some simple ways to declutter your life.
1. Stop the Flow of New Stuff
It’s hard to declutter if you constantly have new stuff coming into your life replacing old stuff that you didn’t need to begin with. The best way to start is by stopping the flow of new stuff in your life. Make the conscious decision today to buy less. Trust me, you won’t have any regrets. You’ll save a lot of money, too. With the extra money, you can use it towards the things that really matter in life, like contributing to your child’s RESP!
2. Declutter One Thing Per Day
The thought of decluttering your entire life all at once can be overwhelming. The best way to declutter without disrupting your lifestyle is to do it in baby steps. Set yourself the goal of decluttering one thing per day. One item may not seem like a lot, but trust me, it will add up over time. If you keep up the one item per day goal, pretty soon your entire life will be decluttered.
3. Start with the Easy Wins
When it comes to decluttering, start with the easy stuff. As the famous saying goes – “Rome wasn’t built in a day”! Once you get a few easy decluttering wins under your belt, then you can tackle the tougher decisions like going from two cars to one (which can save a lot of money, too).
4. Let Family and Friends Know
I don’t buy a lot of stuff myself, but I find my place is full of items I barely use. Where is all of this stuff coming from? It’s from family and friends. While I appreciate the gesture of a gift and they come with good intentions, at the end of the day, I still have a home full of stuff that I don’t need.
Start by letting your family and friends know you’ve decided to live a minimalist lifestyle. Although decluttering is trendy these days, they may be a little surprised or insulted. Let them know the benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle. You may be surprised to find out that they support you. Someone might even join you in your mission to declutter your life.