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How to start a minimal lifestyle: If you want to scale back to lead a minimal lifestyle? Here are 10 ways to start living life minimally!

10 Ways to Start Living Like a True Minimalist Now - Everything Abode

Are you intrigued with living a minimal lifestyle?

If so, minimalism could be your next best solution, especially if you have a lot of stuff.

Moreover, we all know that having an ample amount of ‘things’ can be really bothersome.

That tackling and scaling the things we own is going to come down to some basic ground rules to lead a minimalist lifestyle.

However, by reducing unnecessary items and tackling things like the accumulation of too much clutter, in return, we can reduce the stress and anxiety that is associated with having too much stuff.

Moreover, since our society is very materialistic we are always being shown new shiny items to either upgrade or enhance our lifestyle.

This ultimately will make leading a minimal life seem hard to do, however, if you are determined to change your ways, or if you’ve already been on the minimalism journey and you’re now looking for some continued inspiration — you’re in the right place!

First off, minimalism is not about letting go of everything, rather it’s about letting go of the things that don’t serve a purpose anymore. 

Here are the 10 best ways to insert the minimalist lifestyle into your home life with ease!


10 Things You Should Know When Starting The Minimalist Lifestyle

Beginner's Guide to Starting the Minimalist Lifestyle

1. Soak in as much minimalism knowledge as you can.

Beginner's Guide to Starting the Minimalist Lifestyle

When it comes to leading a life filled with less, the first step you should take is to do your research and soak in as much knowledge as you can about minimalism.

There are loads of minimalism influencers on youtube such as Minimalism: a Documentary About the Important Things. I’ve personally watched this documentary and it goes into great detail on how to start leading a life with less stuff and what to expect. 

Devouring as much information as you can will also give you a glimpse into the lifestyle without having to get rid of anything.

Moreover, it will make you more aware of what you can do (when it comes to your own personal living circumstances) and the best course of action to start the process of living with only what you need.


2. Discover your why.

After you have read all about minimalist living, the next step is to decide if you believe you can live a minimalist lifestyle.

You may have done all your research and absorbed all the tips. But, do you feel inspired to act on what you’ve learned?

It doesn’t matter if you can live a minimalist life. Everyone can lead a minimal life. What it implies is if you have the desire to see it through.

It is to save money? Do you want to get rid of too much clutter? Are you beginning to feel less joy buying unnecessary items?

Once you have figured out your why, it is important to write it down and ask yourself why you want to live with less.

Doing so will help you to remember why you want to live your life this way every single day.


3. Focus only on you.

The minimalistic lifestyle is a lifestyle that’s chosen. It is one that’s filled with purpose and is very much a personal journey.

That means you don’t have to remain a super-consumer if you are living with people who are!

Rather it simply means that you should only focus on your needs first.

You and only you are in control of your life and doing so could make you a positive influence on those around you whilst living with less.


4. Prepare to be uncomfortable.

Beginner's Guide to Starting the Minimalist Lifestyle

When it comes to purging out the old and preparing for a new way of life, there are always going to be hard times and adjustments. 

The transition to minimalism can sometimes seem unjustified because maybe you’ve spent a lot of money on an item that serves you no use anymore. 

Either way, there will be times when you will feel uncomfortable, especially when you make a mistake like buying something you didn’t really need. 

When times like these arise, don’t beat yourself up because it’s just part of the process that minimalism takes you through. 


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5. Focus on small areas.

When transitioning into minimalism, another great piece of advice that I’ve learned is to focus on the small areas in your life that you can scale back on.

For instance, if you are not a cook or baker then the kitchen might be a good place to start but only if you aren’t emotionally connected to your cookware and baking sets. 

No matter where you start if you start small scaling back on the things that you are less emotionally attached to it will really help the purging process and thus help you live life more minimally. 


6. Give yourself months (NOT days!).

Beginner's Guide to Starting the Minimalist Lifestyle

Another thing that I have learned when it comes to living with less is that a lot of people think that they can become a minimalist in a day or even in a couple of weeks. 

But when it comes to changing out old habits and inserting a new way of consuming, you really have to give yourself months to see any significant change. 

From my experience, it takes a lot of time and self-awareness to figure out what you really need and to stop buying and wasting money on things that you can do without.


7. Resist temptations.

It is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to live a minimalist lifestyle, especially in an age where buying more is considered normal.

However, it will only be difficult at first! 

Once you find that you are in control of your life, especially as you learn to stop buying more, the process of leading a minimal lifestyle will start to take form. 

When this happens, you’ll find that the triggers that come in the form of certain shopping areas, certain moods, and even certain relationships, will get easier to resist. 


8. Find inspiration or create inspiration.

To lead a minimalist lifestyle, another great piece of advice is to increase your desire for living one!

Because when times get tough and for the times when you are feeling down, it might just come down to leaning on a pro that will help you stay inspired.

However, if you can’t find a minimalist guru that you just love, you can also become an inspiration yourself!

Besides getting inspired and inspiring others can make the process of leading life this way feel that much more pleasurable.

And since minimalism is all around you, being an inspiration and staying inspired is your next best bet to stay on course. 


9. Keep what is already working.

Beginner's Guide to Starting the Minimalist Lifestyle

Here’s the thing about minimalism that a lot of people tend to forget!

For instance, if you really love it, should you throw it away?

I don’t think you should!

Being a minimalist is not about owning nothing. Rather it’s being a little bit more thoughtful in what you choose to consume and hold onto. 

Remember, you don’t need to get rid of all the things that bring you joy. 

Minimalism is not about letting go of everything, rather it’s about letting go of the things that bring you too much stress and that no longer serve a quality purpose.

To help you out, take a peek at these 25 items that are very simple to declutter, to help you get started.


10. Practice gratitude.

Lastly, the last thing that I have learned when it comes to leading a minimal lifestyle is that if you remain grateful for what you already have, you will tend to want less. 

This may seem very straightforward, but honestly, gratitude really does put things into perspective.

So let’s say if you are grateful for the phone you already own, then that gratitude will eliminate your need for the newest version. 

Of course, this is a very subtle example but when it comes to living with less, sometimes wanting less is the right mentality to have. 

Moreover, if you choose to write a list of what you are grateful for, you may find that your consumption and wanting of things are generally needless.

Also, by practicing gratitude you may just feel more positive about the things you have, instead of focusing on the things that you don’t have.


How to start a minimal lifestyle final thoughts.

There you have it. You don’t need to live a life filled with loads of things to be happy.

And you can live a minimalist lifestyle if you choose to do so.

As long as you’re pursuing the goal of leading life in a minimal way and know that having less is so much more for mentality’s sake, you’re headed in the right direction!

So don’t rush into minimalism. Just take your time. And remember to show appreciation for what you already own so you will want less. 

Doing so will bring you tons of joy, especially for the simple things in life.

Thanks for reading!


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Jessalynn Jones

Monday 10th of May 2021

Great article rebecca! I APPRECIATE Your patient and reasonAble attut towArd minimalism. I think that it can be hard to push to fast Towards minimalism but if you take your Time you naturally fiNd yourself wanting less. I tHink its very important for anyone who wants to simplify their life to Appreciate what they have, take time leTting go, and Regularly notice the benefits of having less. When you aRe doing that it is something that becomes a lifestyle not a diet from stuff.


Friday 14th of May 2021

I agree! Thanks so much, Jessalynn! :)