Making a minimalist mindset is the first step towards leading a minimalist lifestyle. Here are six simple steps you can take towards creating your own minimalist mindset.
HOW TO make A MINIMALIST MINDSET
Minimalism is often used as shorthand for decluttering and living with less stuff. But minimalism is about so much more than those things. I use minimalism to intentionally bring simplicity to every aspect of my life. Minimalism involves decluttering, but it also committing to owning less by stepping back from consumerism.
A DEFiNITION OF MINIMALISM
I see minimalism as a tool for intentional living. Adopting a minimalist approach to life frees you from relying on materials things for happiness. It allows you to value yourself ahead of possessions, freeing you up from consumerism and the worry and overwhelm of constantly striving to enough money to fund your lifestyle.
Minimalism allows you to do less and be less busy. Quite simply, for me, minimalism is about finding joy in simplicity.
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A MINIMALIST LIFESTYLE
Adopting a minimalist lifestyle helps you to question what actually adds value you to your life and what doesn’t. Minimalism helps you set your intentions to clear the clutter from your life so that you can make space for what is most important to you, the things in life that truly bring you happiness, fulfilment and freedom.
HOW BEST TO MAKE A MINIMALIST MINDSET
I don’t believe you should race to develop a minimalist lifestyle, it’s just not sustainable. What you need to do instead is to create a minimalist mindset and then use this mindset to set your intention to lead a simpler life.
The first step to developing a minimal mindset is to clear your mental clutter. Free yourself up to embrace a new way of thinking and living. Here are a few simple things you can start doing from today to clear your mental clutter and make way for a minimalist mindset.
SIMPLE STEPS TO make A MINIMALIST MINDSET
1. STOP AND THINK
Ok, so it’s weird to start with stop. But this is your chance to press pause on all that is currently going on in your life. You can either do this quietly through finding a space at home to sit, take some deep breaths and focus on your life, where you are at and what you feel needs to change. But if you find it really hard to stop and focus (as I used to do) I found that following these steps for a guided meditation to set intentions really helps.
2. PRIORITISE YOUR GOALS
Set your direction in life. If you know what you’re aiming for you will be better equipped to plan how you get there. You will also be able to enjoy the journey along the way and free yourself up to really experience it. So take some time to define your priorities. Make a note of them so that you set them as intentions and can revisit them from time to time.
3. SWITCH OFF AUTOPILOT
In our fast-paced lives, it’s so easy to rush through doing stuff, buying stuff, making plans, starting things… but if we don’t act with intention, if we don’t give ourselves space to be mindful about why we are doing the things we do, we end up mentally and spatially cluttered. So, switch off autopilot and start living a more intentional life, where you are mindful of every decision you make.
4. CREATE A ROUTINE
A routine might sound like a drudge, but actually, we thrive on routine and our bodies and minds thrive on routine. Routine allows us to spend more time being mindful and present. They make our lives easier. Lack of routine causes us stress and to lack focus. I’m not suggesting you create your own military boot camp, rather than you set a routine for your weekdays and one for your weekends that brings simple structure to your days.
If you aren’t ready to commit to a routine for whole days at a time, at least try and create a simple morning routine and evening routine. Be mindful about the way you feel once you are using these new routines.
Self-care is one of the pillars of minimalism. Exercise, in turn, is one of the pillars of self-care. It is so important to look after your mind, body and soul. You don’t have to join a gym, you don’t have to sign up to run a marathon. Just find a way to create a regular weekly exercise routine that gives you a chance to raise your heartbeat, stretch and tone your body. Your body will thank you for it. Regular exercise will also give you more energy and a great ability to focus.
6. CREATE A MINIMALIST SPACE
You don’t need to go all out and declutter your entire home straight off, that would be overwhelming. But do create at least one minimalist space in your home that is free of clutter. A clutter-free space allows you to have a clutter-free mind. Be mindful of how it feels when you are in your minimalist space. Read The Joy of Less and Lightly: How To Live A Simple, Serene and Stress-Free Life to get really inspired about the benefits of decluttering and creating a minimalist home.
I really hope that these simple steps will help you create a minimalist mindset. Don’t rush to do them all at once, take your time, set each step as an intention and be mindful of how each one makes you feel. I’ve also posted on how to get started with a minimalist lifestyle. I’d love to know how you get on.