Overwhelmed? Embrace these 5 minimalist actions to simplify your life

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Overwhelmed? Embrace these 5 minimalist actions to simplify your life

Ever feel like life’s just too cluttered? Enter minimalism.

It’s not about having less for the sake of it; it’s about making space for what truly matters. Think of it as a big spring cleaning for your life.

Ready to declutter?

Let’s dive into five simple ways to get started.

01 Declutter Your Space

Start with the obvious: your stuff.

We often accumulate items without realizing it, and over time, our living spaces can become a maze of unused and unwanted things. Set aside a weekend or two to go through your belongings room by room.

Ask yourself:

  • Have I used this in the past year?
  • Does it bring me joy or serve a clear purpose?
  • Would I buy it if I didn’t have it already?

Sometimes, it will be difficult, especially with ‘just-in-case’ items.

I find using The Minimalists’ 20/20 rule helpful when deciding on these. Basically, it states that you should not keep just-in-case items that you can replace for less than $20 in less than 20 minutes.

By keeping only what truly adds value to your life and donating or recycling the rest, you’ll not only free up space in your home but also make room for clarity and peace in your mind.

Remember, it’s not about how much you can get rid of; it’s about keeping only what truly matters.

02 Limit Digital Distractions

Ah, the digital age. While I remember binge-watching my favorite shows and endlessly scrolling social media just a few years ago, I realized that my devices were controlling me, not the other way around.

The constant buzz of notifications, emails, and updates was making me more anxious than informed.

So, what did I do?

I began with a digital detox for a weekend. No phones, no social media, no TV. It felt strange initially, but it was surprisingly freeing.

After the detox, I started setting boundaries: designated times for checking emails, limited social media time, and turning off non-essential notifications.

The result?

More quality time with loved ones, more time for hobbies, and a renewed appreciation for the world outside the screen.

If you feel like your devices are starting to own you rather than you owning them, it might be time to embrace digital minimalism, too.

If you’d like to learn more about this, I detailed more of the things I did in our post 8 Ways to Embrace Digital Minimalism for a More Focused Life.

Give it a try! It might be challenging at first, but the peace of mind you’ll gain is well worth the effort.

03 Simplify Your Commitments

Between work, social events, family gatherings, and that pottery class you signed up for on a whim, it’s easy to overcommit.

I once found myself so swamped with “obligations” that I forgot the last time I had an evening to just relax.

Sound familiar?

Take a step back and evaluate how you’re spending your time. Are there events or commitments you attend out of habit or guilt rather than genuine interest?

It’s okay to say no sometimes. Prioritize activities that align with your values and bring joy to your life.

Remember that evening I was yearning for?

I started blocking off “me time” in my calendar.

It might sound silly, but setting that personal appointment helped me recharge and be more present in my other commitments.

So, give yourself the gift of time. Prioritize, declutter your calendar, and embrace the joy of missing out occasionally. It’s liberating!

Greg McKeown’s bestseller, Essentialism, really helped me with this. I recommend checking it out if you want to dive into more details.

04 Streamline Your Finances

Money is a tricky subject for many, and I was no exception. I recall the days when I would avoid checking my bank account, fearing the mysterious dwindling of funds.

Minimalism isn’t just about decluttering objects; it’s also about simplifying finances.

Begin by reviewing monthly expenses.

Are there subscriptions you no longer use? Or impulse purchases that seemed like a good idea at the time?

By cutting out unnecessary expenses, you can start saving or allocating funds to experiences or items that truly enrich your life.

And speaking from personal experience, creating a simple monthly budget was a game-changer. I began to track my spending, set savings goals, and understood where my money was going.

Over time, this clarity not only gave me a sense of control but also reduced the financial stress I didn’t even realize I was carrying.

By simplifying and taking control of your finances, you’re not just saving money—you’re investing in peace of mind.

05 Reevaluate Your Relationships

Growing up, I was the person who tried to be friends with everyone. But as life went on, I realized that not every relationship was nourishing. Some were draining, and others simply ran their course.

Minimalism isn’t just about possessions or finances; it also touches the realm of personal connections.

And personal connections are something we often underestimate. Their importance can be understated; an 85-year Harvard study found positive relationships to be the best predictor of happiness and longevity.

That is, good relationships can not only make you happier but also help you to live longer.

Take a moment to reflect on the relationships in your life. Are they supportive, mutual, and fulfilling? Or do you find certain ties leaving you drained and unappreciated?

I remember a friendship where I constantly felt like the ‘backup friend’, only being called upon when no one else was available. It hurt, but it also made me realize the importance of quality over quantity in relationships.

I started investing more time in connections that were genuine and mutual. It wasn’t an easy journey, but it was profoundly liberating.

Surround yourself with people who lift you up, understand your essence, and reciprocate the love and effort you put in.

Remember, it’s okay to outgrow relationships that no longer align with who you are.

The bottom line 

Simplifying life through minimalism is more than just a trend—it’s a transformative journey.

Dive in, declutter, and discover a more intentional way of living. Happy simplifying!

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