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How To Get Started With Minimalism? A Beginner Minimalist Roadmap

Minimalism is a way to get rid of what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

You’ll be amazed at how little do we actually need to survive.

Minimalism is a great way to find out what truly matters in this life and learn some valuable lessons along the way.

Today you’re going to discover 10 outstanding benefits of minimalism and the steps you need to take to live as a minimalist.

Ready? let’s get started!

How To Get Started With Minimalism? A Beginner Minimalist Roadmap

10 Outstanding Benefits of Minimalism

How To Get Started With Minimalism? A Beginner Minimalist Roadmap
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1. Better mental health. 

Clearing out your closets has a massive impact on your mental clarity and peace of mind. While living in clutter can easily make us overwhelmed and stressed out.

It’s such a relief when you get rid of all the clutter that has been accumulating around you and overflowing your drawers.

2. Better physical health. 

This comes as a result of the first point. Having better mental health affects your physical one.

You’ll feel more relaxed and less stressed out. Your sleep quality becomes much better. Your overall health will improve significantly.

3. More free time. 

Our stuff are taking so much from our time. From buying them to looking for them, to organizing them.

This can be used in doing things far much important that will make your life quality so much better.

4. Freedom from the fear of losing stuff. 

We often believe that without our stuff we won’t be able to survive. We become dependent and we get anxious when we’re about to run out of a type of food for example.

Adopting a minimalistic lifestyle will show you that you actually need little to survive. This will free you from being dependent on your stuff.

5. Freedom from society standards. 

“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” – Dave Ramsey

Taking a break from trying to meet society standards will free you from the constant worrying about being left behind.

In other words, you’ll leave the competition and your focus will shift towards more important matters.

6. Self-confidence.

How To Get Started With Minimalism? A Beginner Minimalist Roadmap
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This comes as a result of the previous point. When you break free from society expectations’, you feel free to be yourself which, in order, boosts your self-esteem and confidence.

More importantly, living a life of your choice and believing in what you’re doing can make you happier and more aligned with your true self.

7. Extra money saved.

It’s no surprise that living on less would eventually mean more money saved.

When you start needing less and spending less money maintaining your belongings, you find yourself spending so much less. So, you end up with enough money to start investing or to simply save and buy what you really want later.

8. Better relationships. 

When you stop trying to impress people, you find more time and energy to invest in your relationships.

This will improve them in no time.

9. Lifetime memories. 

Finding new ways to celebrate occasions and holidays with your family like going out or going on a trip instead of spending money on gifts, will give you memories that will last you forever as opposite to gifts that, no matter how expensive they might have been, will be forgotten soon. 

10. Saving the Environment. 

Minimalism is a great way to save the environment. When you buy less, you throw less plastic that comes with the packaging.

Adding to that, minimalism is the first step to take to save the environment, which is going to motivate you to learn more and try different ways to reduce waste and save the planet.

10 Important Steps For The Beginner Minimalist

How To Get Started With Minimalism? A Beginner Minimalist Roadmap
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Seeing how simple life is as a minimalist might make people excited about becoming one too and experiences the benefits that come with adopting a minimalist lifestyle, only, many don’t know where to start.

The shift doesn’t have to be radical, slow changes can go a longer way than a sudden one. Below is a list of tiny steps to help you become a minimalist:

1. Do some research

By reading this, you’re on your way to becoming a minimalist. Do more research about specific areas you feel like you need to work on.

Read books about minimalism, read blogs about minimalism, and watch minimalist YouTubers share their inspirational stories.

2. Motivation

Start with writing down all the reasons why minimalism is a great idea.

The benefits of minimalism are many:

  • Getting rid of debt and saving money
  • Throwing less waste (if not going zero-waste) and saving the planet
  • Saving more time otherwise spent dusting and sorting through your stuff
  • Less stress
  • ….

Keeping a list of the benefits minimalism can bring into your life is a great motivation to get you started and keep you going. 

3. Set some goals

The best way to achieve anything is to make it a goal. The goal is to become minimalistic but to reach that, you’ll need to divide into smaller weekly and monthly goals.

It can be anything from making a budget and sticking to it, to being able to live on a few clothing items.

4. Decluttering

How To Get Started With Minimalism? A Beginner Minimalist Roadmap
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You don’t need more storage space, you need less stuff. You’ll be amazed at how little do we need to live on. Sort through your stuff and see what you can donate, what needs to be thrown away, and what can be sold.

For clothes, the rule goes like this: if you didn’t wear it in a year and a half, you won’t probably wear it ever. For other stuff, make sure you get rid of duplicates.

5. Buy less

Naturally, if you want to be minimal and if you’re going to declutter your house, you wouldn’t want to buy more stuff and have them clutter in your house all over again.

So only shop for essentials and in the quantity that you need. And if you can use something else instead or you can borrow the same item and it’s a one-time use, then don’t buy it.

6. Pack lightly

Go with the one bag rule, wherever you’re going, always make sure you’re carrying only one bag whether you’re going out or traveling.

7. Dress simple

Tired of figuring out what to wear?

Wear your yesterday outfit as long as it’s still clean.

Impressing others is more lasting when it’s a result of your actions and not appearance. Dress with minimum accessories, and always wear what you love and are comfortable in.

8. Eat simple

Plan your meals ahead and double the recipe so you can freeze the rest and reheat it later.

This will also save you trips to the grocery store and most importantly you won’t have to spend so much time thinking about what you are going to eat for lunch and make for lunch.

9. Clear your working space

How To Get Started With Minimalism? A Beginner Minimalist Roadmap
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Having a minimalistic home can bring you peace of mind, but having a minimalistic workspace can increase your focus and boost your productivity.

A well-organized desk with minimal distractions can lead you to less stress and save you so much time.

So get rid of what you don’t need, and only put on your desk what needs to be done is a consequent order, if not sorted by urgency, sort it by the most important task.

10. Start saving

Making monthly or weekly goals about saving a certain amount of money can be a great motivation to spend less to meet those goals.

Pay off your debt and start wisely investing your savings.

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