The happy life misconception:
There’s a notion of what success and happiness look like. A lot of people believe that a good life is defined by having the latest phones, wearing the latest fashion, having a certain appearance, and being popular, especially with social media. So I can imagine you reading this, possibly rolling your eyes at what seems to be such an obvious and cliche topic.
Having a big house, a fancy car, lots of money, and being popular doesn’t necessarily produce happiness. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be genuinely happy having all these things. It all depends on your personal view of the world and what really has values to you.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is not about having very few items or living in a house without any stuff in it. Minimalism is more about identifying what adds value for you and what makes you happy. After that eliminating the extras, the burden, the clutter, and the anxiety that’s keeping you from enjoying things that truly matter.
So what are the things you can do to live a minimalistic lifestyle:
Disable notifications on your phone:
Keep only the notifications for text messages, and disable all notification such as email, news, social media, and delete all social network apps on your phone. At first, you will find it hard, but with persistence, you will notice you are haven’t missed anything important. Subsequently, you will become more invested in the real world.
Downsize your wardrobe:
If you haven’t worn it in 90 days, don’t keep it. Inspect your closet each month, to see if there is a piece of clothing you haven’t used in the last 3 months. Anything that’s not needed should go into a donation bag. As a result of downsizing your wardrobe, you will invest less time choosing your clothes in the mornings.
During the weekday, simplify your meals:
Have a go-to meal in working days: a defined breakfast, lunch, dinner, and some snacks in between. It may seem boring at first, but you will get used. especially if your meals are easy to prepare, filling, and healthy. By simplifying things, you will spend less time shopping, and cooking and your food bill will surely shrink.
Don’t buy books, download or borrow them:
In order to reduce excessive clutter in your house, avoid buying physical books. Instead, consider borrowing from your local library, or investing in an e-book reader, and download all your favorite reading materials online.
Take back control on your finances
Debt is one of the biggest challenges that many people battle daily in our modern society. So to face this problem you will need to implement a number of strategies:
- Make a detailed budget.
- Start an emergency fund.
- Find a way to invest your money.
- Minimize the use of your credit card.
- Use cash or a debit card for daily expenses.
- Invest n yourself instead of physical things.
A subtraction for addition:
Minimalism is about reducing the things in your life that aren’t contributing real value, so you can have more space for the things that truly matter. In the words of authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, “Even though everyone embraces minimalism differently, each path leads to the same place: a life with more time, money, and freedom.”