Getting Started with Simple Living Minimalism

For a movement that prides itself on simplicity, people sure like to make becoming a minimalist complicated. Getting started with simple living minimalism isn’t that difficult. You don’t have to pile everything you own into the middle of the room. There’s no need to create lists and charts and elaborate plans. Just find one thing you don’t need, and get rid of it. That’s all.

It could be a material possession that you don’t use. You might be tired of moving it to get to something else, or tripping over it, or having to dust it. Get rid of the clothes in your closet that you don’t wear. Take those canned good you’re never going to eat to a food bank. Throw out those expired products in your fridge, or your in your bathroom cabinet. If it serves no purpose to you, sell it, give it away, donate it, recycle it, or put it in the bin.

Remember, this is about more than material possessions. If there’s something in your daily routine that’s not providing you with any real benefit (checking social media six times an hour, for example), stop doing that. Cancel a meeting and send what you have to say in an email. Mute your phone for a couple of hours when you need to focus on something else. Turn off the TV that’s playing in the background, even when you’re not watching in. Tweak your routines a little bit, so things flow more easily.

Here’s the Secret

If you really want to simplify your life, you don’t need to look for tips and tricks. You already know where your pain points are. You know what you need to do. It’s a matter of having the dedication to actually do it. There’s no need to do everything at once. It doesn’t have to be some broad, dramatic gesture. That sort of change rarely sticks anyway.

That’s why I say pick one thing. It doesn’t matter how small. Get rid of it. Tomorrow, pick another thing. Deal with it. A few minutes at a time, one problem at a time. If something is more complicated, like sorting through all of the junk stored in the garage or breaking a longstanding habit, then you might need to make a plan. Otherwise, it’s all about following up intention with action.

Getting Started with Simple Living Minimalism

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About Berin Kinsman

Berin Kinsman is a writer, game designer, and owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.

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