4 Daily Minimalist Habits You Can Form to Help Simplify Your Life
Are you looking to live a more simple life? A minimalist lifestyle can be achieved by beginning with changing or adopting habits. Once you begin to make minimalist lifestyle changes, those changes will become habits and you’ll be living the life you want.
Today, I'm sharing my top daily minimalist habits that can help you clear up your surroundings and live a more simple life.
The first minimalist habit to consider is decluttering. Look around you. Look around in your wardrobe, around your home. Is there anything that you don't need or doesn't serve a purpose?
Try to consider selling that item, giving that item away, or throwing that item out, especially if it's not in a usable condition anymore.
Decluttering things around you will not only free up physical space but also mental space as well. Especially since you're no longer thinking about where that item will go on a regular basis.
2. Quality instead of quantity
The next minimalist habit is to focus on the quality, not on the quantity of the item. Quality items may be a little bit more expensive upfront, but in the long run, it will really save you money in the end, especially because you are not constantly replacing them.
Minimalism is not about not buying any items at all, but it's about making conscious decisions about the items that you purchase. So make sure that you consider the quality of the items that you're purchasing so that they will last you for years and years to come.
For example, I used to own a lot of fast fashion items from stores like Forever 21 and H&M.
Now before I purchase an item, I think about what the quality is like. Is the stitching well done? Is the fabric thick and durable or is it going to have holes in it after just wearing it a few times? Really focus on the quality of the item that you are purchasing instead of the quantity.
My next tip is to reuse what you already have. For example, do you have a t-shirt that is really worn out? Can you cut the item up and use it as a rag instead?
Another example is to use old candle jars and use those to hold your pens or pencils. Those are just a few examples of reusing things that you already have instead of purchasing something brand new.
4. Stop compulsive shopping
Another minimalist habit is to stop compulsive shopping. It's really easy to get caught up in advertising from social media like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and all the sales that are all around us.
Whether it be emails that we get or if we see a store sign that says 50% off sale. Really try to frame your mind in a way where you're focusing on things that are more important to you. Whether it be family, friends, health, religion, or your passions.
Try to frame your mind away from what it is that you could own, but more internally on yourself. Compulsive or mindless shopping has a lot of negative consequences, whether it be going into debt, stress, or having to spend more time taking care of things all around you.
Don't get caught up in the aftermath and spend money on things that you don't need.
Bonus: tidy regularly
My last minimalist tip is to tidy up regularly. Having a clean and clutter-free home will help keep your mind calm and at peace. 10 minutes is really all you need to do this, whether it be wiping down the countertops or putting dishes away, this will help avoid a bigger cleanup in the future.
So make sure that you tidy up regularly, whether it be first thing in the morning or before you go to bed at night.
These are just a few minimalist habits that you could apply today. With patience and practice, your home will become clutter free before you know it. You’ll also be saving money and living a less wasteful life.
What habit are you working in to make living a minimalist lifestyle attainable? Share in the comments below!
I seem to go through my clothes every six months. I look at things I haven't worn in over a year or two and donate it. I have some very expensive clothes I bought when I was working for a company that required a good look, and I could afford the items. Now I work from home, so you can see the dilemma. I try to find occasions where I can wear them.
It took me years to come to the following conclusions.
If you look at decluttering as "creating space" instead of "getting rid of things," you create a new mindset.
If you create a "home" space for items instead of letting them accumulate in random spots, they are easier to find when you need them.
If you define a limit of certain items in a home space, stick to like items fitting within that space, and then keep the item in the designated space, you will have a more orderly home.
As for decluttering, if you follow the "One Minute Rule" of completing tasks that take one minute immediately, instead of procrastinating until later, you will find cleaning takes much less time and effort.