10 Minimalist Habits That Will Transform Your Life

Angela | Arrow
by Angela | Arrow

I want to share with you ten minimalist habits that will completely transform your life.

I've been living a minimalist lifestyle for about five years now, and I have seen tremendous benefits. These benefits didn't just come to me overnight; they were trickled through by some of the changes that I decided to make in my lifestyle.

Habits are those little decisions and actions that you choose to do on a daily basis that add up to something bigger. They become subconscious, and you do them out of reflex. You don't have to think about them much. That's the point that I am I'm going to share these ten items with you right now.

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1. Gratitude

The first habit is to wait with a heart of gratitude and contentment, which is probably the biggest transformation that I saw in my minimalist journey.

When I used to have piles of clutter lying around and lots of clutter going on in my head, I never was able to sit in that peaceful spot of contentment.

Now that all that physical and emotional clutter is gone, I'm able to fully appreciate the blessings that I have in my life.

I like to start my day with a prayer or a little bit of devotion, and this helps me get off on the right foot.

Making the bed

2. Make the bed

I fully support this because it's such a small thing that you can do every day, but it really has many benefits. It sets you up for success right away in the morning.

I used to have to force myself to make the bed, but now it is reflexive. I do it right away when I wake up every morning, seeing the room basically put together because a bed takes up so much of the surface area of a room.

2. Drink plenty of water

I don't need to go into much detail, but water is 100% my beverage of choice. As you know, water has many benefits, such as clearer skin and better digestion. I also feel like it helps to keep me refreshed and motivated throughout the day.


4. Be present in the moment

This is one that I had to work extremely hard at. I'm still not perfect at it, but I'm getting a lot better.

As adults, we have a lot going on in our minds. We are trying to multi-task and do a lot of different things all at once, and it's hard for us sometimes to sit back and really soak in that moment in time.

Through minimalism, I've been able to curb distractions because I'm able to consciously separate myself from life's busyness for a moment in time. The habit of being fully present in the moment is ultimately freeing and gratifying.

5. Keep a budget

A lot of people get scared of budgets because they think they're a little too constricting, or they are always going to have to say no to everything because they're bound down to the budget. I've found budgeting to be very freeing.

When you first start out, it is a little tricky, but once your finances are in check, it really is very enlightening and liberating, and you can start making some different choices for your life.

Kitchen counter

6. Maintain clear, flat surfaces

There's something about flat surfaces that makes us want to pile things on them. We seem to forget that flat surfaces, such as tables, countertops, and desks, are meant to be working spaces.

If they're piled high with clutter, there's no way that we're getting any work done there. I've made it a habit to clear off any flat surfaces after every single use, so the countertops, the table, and the bathroom vanities will get cluttered for a moment in time as I'm doing my work.

Still, once I'm done, I put everything away so that it's clear once again.


7. Making mindful decisions

Decision-making all boils down to either saying yes or no, and that can be very difficult for a lot of people.

It's very black and white, and just being mindful when I say that. I basically mean thinking about how these decisions are going to align with your own life, your values, your abilities, and your time, and being able to say yes to the things that do align and no to the things that don't.

It can also help you say no to things like volunteering for something that you know doesn't go along with your own beliefs, or if you don't have time to do it, you're able to say no.

Decision-making can be difficult and frustrating at times, but being mindful really helps to take that pressure off and really helps you know that you are making the right decision for you and your life.

Living room

8. Embrace the feeling of space

A lot of people probably shy away from trying a minimalist lifestyle because they're afraid to be confronted with empty spaces. So often, as humans, we associate fullness with happiness and success.

We always think that being whole is better, but I have found it to be extremely gratifying, especially in my own home, to take a non-cluttered approach.

Having only a few useful furniture pieces and minimal accessories helps me to really appreciate the things that I surround myself with. It's like a breath of fresh air away from all the fullness and busyness and the hustle and bustle of the world. It's our little sanctuary of clear space.


9. Pack lightly

As freeing as it is to have fewer things in your home, that also translates to when you leave your home, whether you're going on a trip to the store or you're going on an extended vacation, having fewer things with you to carry along and weigh you down and to manage is a benefit.

If you really start to think about what items you need in that purse or that suitcase, you'll find that it's actually a lot less than you think.

Nine times out of 10, you can find that item that you didn't pack with you at a local store, and it's really not a big deal.

Rearranging pillows

10. Do a nightly reset

I'm talking about making sure the dishes are washed and put away, the floor is swept, and the toys and clothes are all tidied and put away, so when you wake up in the morning, you're not confronted with these little tasks that are going to set you back from the things that you need to accomplish in the new day. It really is a time saver, even though it does take you a little time the night before.

Minimalist habits

Those are ten minimalist habits that can help transform and simplify your life. If you have a habit that I didn't list that you have found to be transformative in your own life, comment down below.

Remember that habits are little decisions that you make on a daily basis that eventually become routine and subconscious, making life simpler.

Next, check out these 11 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home.

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  • Ppo52052720 Ppo52052720 on May 28, 2024
    I’m trying to remember to drink water all throughout the day, my skin is getting wrinkly and my mouth is getting dry but as soon as I drink water I have to go to the toilet, how do I stop that? It’s so beautiful reading all your daily routines and be mindful of having lesser things cheers🎶
  • Pgu51015425 Pgu51015425 on May 29, 2024
    Me too🥴