How do I become a minimalist step by step?

Intro

Minimalism is about stripping away all the unnecessary parts of life to enjoy a pure experience. Though most may associate this type of living with people who dig in dumpsters or live off the grid, minimalist habits are available for every preferred living situation.

Minimalism can even do wonders for a person’s financial freedom. In this post, I will share with you 10 minimalist habits that will help you live below your means.

1. Do It On Purpose

Starting with one: A crucial factor in living a minimalist lifestyle is purposefully doing it. Anyone can adopt a minimalist habit for a day or two, but to get the full benefits of minimalism, it has to be a committed decision. 

Because the goal is to start living below your means, you can’t haphazardly go about adopting these habits. Get serious enough about your financial goals that you take every minimalist habit you choose to heart. I know it sounds extreme, but you’re going to quit what you’re not all in on.

2. Sell What You Don’t Need

Many people don’t understand the difference between a want and a need. They blur the line so much that too many things get tossed into the need category that are wants.

Take the time to go through everything you have and be clear about what constitutes each category. From there, eliminate all the things in the want category.

Since money is an objective, sell the items that can be sold and put them into a fund that will help you move forward toward your financial goals. You may not like how you feel in the moment, but you’ll appreciate your efforts down the line.

3. Plan as much as possible.

Effective minimalism comes with strategic planning. Knowing what you’re doing with what you have is paramount to maintaining a life below your means. From meals to money, you should have a plan in place that is easy to understand and doable.

A plan also allows you to see what is working and what needs to be tweaked. If you’re blindly jumping into a minimalist habit, you won’t have anything to gauge your progress beyond the possible minor successes and setbacks. Plans give you a solid foundation to build any minimalist habit.

4. Let Free Be Your Favorite Word

The most minimalist habit you can form is enjoying getting things for free. Of course, this sounds like a no-brainer when you’re talking about things like food, but I’m also talking about other consumables like music and even movies.

Many libraries and online resources have catalogs full of free content that you can use and even download for later use. 

Free items that fulfill a need or non-distracting want are vital to keeping yourself within your budget. You may not get to tune into the latest thing as soon as it hits stores, but you can take that waiting period and discover something new.

5. Do without regularly

Do without regularly: Minimalism can sometimes be seen as primitive because some minimalists choose to do without common amenities that most of the world couldn’t think of letting go of. I’m not suggesting that at all.

What I am suggesting is that you adopt the habit of restraint. What you choose to do without is unique to the needs of your daily life, but making sure you have the habit of doing without ensures that you continue saving money regularly.

6. Try homemade

This tip may make some people nervous, but there is nothing to fear. With sites like YouTube, you can learn to make everyday products from minimal, safe-for-the-environment materials you may already have at home.

Making things like homemade soap and cleaner has been around for ages, but many don’t even consider the financial and health benefits of creating more naturally made products. The natural labels slapped onto many mass-produced products typically aren’t as natural as one may think.

7. Research along with planning

Researching is a minimalist habit you cannot do without. That extra time ensuring that you’re finding the best deal at the highest quality keeps you from regretting purchases or having to repurchase the same items over and over.

Research saves you money because you’re well-informed before spending any money. The more informed you are, the smarter your purchase will be.

The smarter the purchase, the more money you will save because you won’t have to make additional purchases to make up for an impulsively bought item.

8. Invest in reusables

Minimalist living involves being aware of how the products you purchase affect the environment. Cutting down on waste is always something to consider. One way to do this is to first look at what you already have and see if anything can have more than one use.

If there’s packaging left from a recent purchase, see if you can reuse it for gift wrapping or some sort of storage. If there’s slight wear on a household item, transform it into another type of item so that you don’t have to throw out something that isn’t truly worn.

9. Give everything a place.

Give everything a place. Once you have gotten into your minimalist groove and can take a moment to go over everything, ensure that you’re placing everything in specific spots. Organization not only helps you see where things are, but it also helps you see if you need to get rid of anything else.

Many people waste money on finding a place to store things that they no longer use. Be specific about where items go in your home so that you don’t accidentally spend money on things you have had all along. Remember, the objective is to cut out waste and save as much money and space as possible.

Conclusion

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10. Re-audit frequently

Minimalist habits, like any habit, need to have a system of checks and balances. The needs of today may not be the needs of next month or next year. Life is continually moving forward, so we can’t get lax and think that adopting a habit is all there is to it.

The habit has to be watched and reviewed regularly so that it is used most effectively. For instance, let’s say that you’re making your household cleaners, and it’s been working like a charm, and you’re enjoying it. But then a better and cheaper alternative comes out.

Bonus: Embrace simplicity.

The best way to get the most out of a minimalist lifestyle is to enjoy it. It may not be the most comfortable way to start living, but once you see the savings, it will be worth it. 

Embracing a simpler approach to life allows you to focus on more important things in life while saving money by not splurging every time you get the urge.

You’re also freeing up time to spend with loved ones or even simply enjoying yourself since you’re not chasing the latest fad or blowing money on momentary thrills. 

You can appreciate the parts of life that stick with you forever. Minimalist living seems strange until you realize how much it opens your life to meaningful opportunities.

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