Simple living: 10 things minimalism has taught me so far

Hi friends! How is it going? Today I want to share some of the things minimalism has taught me thus far. I actually got more serious about it this year when I decided to donate most of my stuff so that I was only left with the things I loved most. These days I am more intentional when it comes to how I live my life and it is such a wonderful feeling! I don’t think I’m at my goal of living my dream simplified life yet but I believe that I am getting there. To celebrate this journey I compiled the following list for you to see and hopefully learn from;

  1. Life with less stuff frees your mind. Simply put, life with less stuff to worry about frees up your mind to think and dwell on things that have more value. Decluttering my life made me more intentional in my practice of gratitude in that I was able to think about the things I was grateful for more than I was worrying about what to buy next.
  2. Shopping isn’t that exciting anymore. I literally used to live to shop, even when I couldn’t afford it. I just had to have the pretty dress, skirt, top, in all the perfect colors. Now I don’t even visit my once alluring shopping websites anymore and when I go to Target it’s only to buy the groceries (only Target shoppers will understand).
  3. You have more time to spend doing the things you love. Before adopting the minimalist lifestyle I used to have a lot of anxiety about my ‘stuff.’ Now it feels like I am more focused and centered on things that actually have value and activities I want to spend time doing, which brings me to my next point.
  4. Nature. Yes! I love everything about nature these days. I have a much deeper appreciation for the simple strolls, flowers, birds singing, fresh air, I could go on and on.
  5. Spending time with friends and family. When your not focused on the things that don’t matter, you have a deeper appreciation for your loved ones. I noticed this when I decluttered my phone and electronics. I dramatically cut down on watching tv and really slowed down on my social media intake. This brought me closer to my friends and family.
  6. I could actually live without a television. Seriously though, I think I only watch a few shows on tv which can be found online for free. I have slowly consumed less and less tv over the past months and it feels great. I do indulge in a movie here and there but I just don’t watch as much tv as I used to. Speaking of tv.
  7. The news is so negative. I used to watch the world news nearly everyday all day. But I began noticing how it made me feel a lot of the time. Hence I decided to throw the news into my decluttering bin and I feel great. I’m not constantly reminded about the negative happenings in the world. I would much rather be informed on how to make the world a better place.
  8. Creating a capsule wardrobe. As part of my minimalism journey I decided I wanted a smaller wardrobe consisting of clothing that I loved and clothes that I felt great in. It seemed like a bit of a reach in the beginning but I can happily say that I got the small wardrobe of my dreams. It consists of basic things that I actually wear and like very much. They are also very versatile pieces so I can mix and match my outfits for variety.
  9. Food minimalism. I’m actually still working on this one and doing research. I would like to be able to spend less on food and create recipes from only the food I have in stock. I normally buy food but it stays in the fridge too long before I get the chance to actually prepare something then it goes to waste. This is a habit I’m trying to break and I’m thinking learning how to plan meals is going to help tremendously. More on that later.
  10. It’s a journey and this is only the beginning. This is only my first year and I have learned so much already. I realize that living simply is a journey and each one is different. I follow some wonderful blogs that inspire me and I’m truly grateful for them. Thank you so much for reading, see you in my next post!

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