Minimalism comes in a range of forms and expressions but ultimately, what they all boil down to is clearing clutter from your life to allow you to focus on achieving calm, contentment and purpose. This post gives you some everyday minimalist living tips which will help keep focus on de-cluttering your home and your mind.
Whether you are new to minimalism or have already started your journey, these everyday minimalist living tips will help keep you focussed.
With minimalism there’s no race to the finish line and it’s important, for your own happiness and long term success, that you go at your own pace.
The tips shared in this post are easy to implement into everyday life and are relevant for everyone.
MINIMALIST LIVING TIPS FOR EVERYDAY HAPPINESS
1. PRACTISE GRATITUDE
One of my top minimalist living tips is to practise being grateful for what you already have.
Minimalism is as much about your mindset as it is about your home, belongings and lifestyle. It’s so easy to get stuck in a mind trap of discontentment when focussing on the things we feel we want and don’t have. By placing the focus on what we don’t have, we tend to over look all the great things which we do have in our life.
When you take a step back and consider what you do have, you’ll see there are plenty of amazing things in your life. Your home, your family and friends and the freedoms you have from minimalism.
If this feels a little challenging at first, start by noting down three things you’re thankful for at the beginning of each day. Focus on the convenience, happiness and joy all things, material or otherwise, bring to your life.
Ultimately the more content we are with what we have, the less we need and therefore the happier we are.
2. BE POSITIVE
This one sounds simple I know but I can’t emphasis enough how important it is to embrace positivity in as many moments. Stress, anxiety and overwhelm have a huge impact on our day to day wellbeing.
Danish people are frequently cited as the happiest people on the planet. I’ve read a library of books trying to decipher their secrets and, whilst there are many contributing factors, one common theme is their cultural focus on positivity.
Here’s a few things I find helpful…
- Smile – yes this simple exercise is scientifically proven to make you more optimistic
- Challenge negative thoughts with positive ones – this article has some great tips to help reshape negative thoughts
- Surround yourselves with positive people – be intentional about who you give your time to; these guys should always make you feel good about life and yourself.
- Consume positive media – switch your social media scroll time into reading uplifting books or listening to mood boosting podcasts which improve your outlook on life.
3. ESTABLISH A SELF CARE ROUTINE
Whatever your path in life and minimalism goals, you need a self care routine. Because you are really important. Introducing minimalism into your life will give you more time so let’s put that to good use!
Self care routines are especially important for those living life with a lot of responsibilities – fellow parents I’m looking in your direction. Seriously though, parent to parent, this is one of the minimalist living tips which need to take priority. Happy parents, happy kids.
Create a time slot in your daily/weekly schedule that focusses on you. It can be one big thing (a few hours exploring a new hobby or interest), a series of lots of little pick me ups or a bit of both.
But make it meaningful. Make it regular. Make it about you.
4. DECLUTTER EVERY PART OF YOUR HOME – REGULARLY!
Decluttering your home shouldn’t be left until your annual spring clean. If something isn’t being used as part of household daily routines then chances are, it’s glorified clutter.
It’s worth having a box somewhere in the house which is dedicated to unused or unwanted items. Place everything you don’t love or need within in and recycle accordingly on a regular basis.
Since adopting this approach, we’ve found we’ve shed quite a few duplicates and one hit wonders from the home.
5. BE A HIGHLY CONSCIOUS CONSUMER
Question absolutely every purchase you consider. Don’t spend money unnecessarily and avoid the temptation for impulse purchases. More often than not, the item is probably something you want rather than what you need.
For occasions where you definitely do need to buy something, invest in quality over quantity. Quality items stand the test of time and so you’re less likely to need to replace them, saving yourself money in the long run.
Another consideration is where you are going to source what you need. Do you need to buy it or can it be borrowed or swapped? Will a pre-loved version do the trick? Not only will you save yourself money but you’re also helping the planet by minimising waste.
6. BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH ‘NO’
If something does align with your goals or priorities for your life then it needs to find its way to the ‘No’ bin.
This applies both to material things (freebies, hand me downs, souvenirs, etc) and your time (unfulfilling social events, relationships and activities).
Saying no can feel difficult at first. But like anything, the better you get acquainted, the easier it becomes. This article gives some great advice on why saying no is important and how to do it.
So that’s a wrap on my minimalist living tips for everyday happiness. I really hope it was useful. Have you found any really useful minimalist living tips which don’t feature here already? I’d love to hear them! Please share in the comments below.
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