10 Keys to a Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism is a lifestyle. It is something that you have to experience in your own life to fall in love with him.

Have you ever considered that you have too many things, too many commitments, and too many worries and obligations in your head?

Would you like everything to be easier but you don’t know where to start?

Be minimalist. You will notice the difference.

Maybe this minimalism sounds like living under a bridge with a backpack in which you only store 4 things.

But no, minimalism is much more than that, it is a lifestyle, a philosophy.

It consists of focusing on what is really important to you and eliminating everything else from your life.

Knowing what is important, what is essential for you, and choosing to stay only with that, gives you clarity and inner tranquility that you cannot imagine, in addition to many other benefits.

The opposite of being a minimalist is being a person who tends to accumulate things, be lazy, to procrastinate. To be messier both with his things, as in his life in general, and his thoughts.

The minimalism is simple, but not easy to get.

It requires deep self-analysis and an exercise in important emotional detachment, but I assure you it is worth it.

It gives you clarity, order, and focuses so you can focus on what is really important to you. In this way, it is much easier to achieve what you propose since you do not have unnecessary distractions.

If you do not know where to start, today we are going to explain some of the keys that we apply to lead a minimalist lifestyle and be focused on what we really want.

  1. Minimalism: Eliminate everything you don’t need

Are you one of those who have a storage room with all the Institute’s books, with all the clothes from another season and with toys from years ago? Have you ever wondered what you want all of that for in 20 years?

Storing is useless. Just to take up space and take away your freedom.

Holding onto material things is a form of slavery.

Without realizing it you are wasting a lot of time searching, cleaning, and maintaining all those things. Believe it or not, your things trap you and prevent you from moving forward and improving.

This year we have been traveling for 6 months in the United States and almost 3 months in Asia. A suitcase, laptop, photo and video cameras, passport and little else. We have realized that we do not need so much to live, to enjoy, to have experienced, and to do what we really like.

Look at your room, your cabinets, and drawers, your house in general. Start to review and classify the things you have by asking yourself:

do I really need it? Have I used it in the last year? If the answer is no, get rid of it.

We are not talking about throwing it away, there are many alternatives.

For example, you can donate them. You will feel better knowing that someone is taking advantage of what was already just a burden for you.

Or you can sell clothes or old things that are in good condition and you will get some extra money.

  1. Minimalist: Don’t get attached to objects

In cases where you feel sorry for throwing things away because you are fond of them, think that it is not really that object itself that you are fond of, but of the memories it brings you.

Take a picture of it if you have a hard time getting rid of it, but do not get attached to the material to keep yourself attached to the past.

The memories are in you, not in things.

Live in the present and look to the future, not to the past.

We encourage you to take a look at the article where we talk about the 17 benefits of having fewer things.

  1. Minimalism: Order and simplicity at home

Don’t complicate your life, value simplicity.

Make everything around you easy to manage.

Think that each object you have must have a specific use and make each one take its rightful place.

This way it will be easier to always be orderly and you will find things much faster.

  1. Minimalist, Control your purchases

Once you have done cleaning and you have kept what you really use, it will be useless if you later buy compulsively again since you will be back at the same point.

Try to apply the rule of “one thing comes in, another thing comes out”, so every time you buy something you will have to get rid of something else.

Of course, there will be exceptions, but this is very easy to apply especially to clothing.

For example, when you want to buy a new shirt, think about the one you have the oldest, which you hardly wear anymore, and sell or donate it.

In this way, you will avoid accumulating again and you will become more selective with your purchases, really thinking about the use that you are going to give that object.

  1. Digitize everything you can

A good trick to get rid of some things that you are not clear about is to scan them or take a photo of them first.

For example, you can take photos of documents, invoices, tickets, letters and save everything in a folder on your computer.

Is there an object that brings back memories and makes you sad to throw away?

Take a photo of it, write the memories and feelings it brings you and you will have it at hand on your computer whenever you want.

  1. Simplify Technology

Don’t accumulate devices. Have the right ones that you need if possible that they serve for several things at once.

For example, do you need an mp3, an iPod, a mobile?

Maybe not, maybe only with your mobile, you can do everything you really need and you will be saving money that you can use, for example, to go on a trip.

On your computer, be minimalist with your files too.

Don’t have digital Diogenes syndrome by saving everything you don’t need “just in case.”

The desktop, the folders, your mail … keep what is important and you will have everything more organized and controlled.

  1. Control and reduce the consumption of information

Sometimes we do not realize it and we spend the day exposed to a quantity of information and distractions that do not give us anything and cause us to lose time and focus.

Reduce the time of television, social networks, and mobile and you will notice the difference.

Try to focus on what you really want to achieve in your day to day and not so much on “being informed”.

We have not watched television for almost a year and we do not miss it at all.

  1. Value your time and select your commitments

Learn to value your time, to be more productive, and above all to say “no”.

Your time is very valuable so make the most of it. Do not set too many goals or projects at the same time as this will lose concentration.

Although we have many ideas and projects in mind, we try to focus on only 2 or 3 important ones at a time and that helps us to move faster.

Nor do you do things out of obligation or commitment, if you always try to please everyone, you will be leaving the door open for them to take advantage of you.

Be true to yourself and learn to say “no” assertively without the other person having to feel offended.

  1. Choose to accumulate experiences instead of things

Focus your life on experiences, relationships, and things that make you learn and improve.

Try, experiment, travel, and live intensely. It is the only way to know yourself better and feel fulfilled.

Have things to tell, teach and share when you are old and not just accumulated objects.

1o. Control your mind

If you are always thinking and mulling over things, creating problems that do not exist or thinking about the past, that is not minimalism.

We have said that you have to focus on what is really important to you, and what has already happened or what you still do not know if it will happen does not deserve your concern.