Living with few clothes and kitchenware is certainly not for everyone. While many people appreciate having a clean house filled with thousands of objects, some prefer minimalist living. Having a minimalistic mindset means treating your overstimulated self, so you can have a much better understanding of what’s more important. Aiming to shift to this kind of lifestyle soon? Here’s a simple checklist that will help you get started. Happy minimizing, my friend!
- Clean your pantry.
Do you really need those vinegar and sea salt chips? Those are unhealthy food items you just consume when you’re stressed. Get rid of them. How about that old salsa jar that was never opened? Have you checked its expiration date? Should you get rid of it, too?
- Donate or sell books you’ll never read again.
Sell old books. You can also check local programs that will help give them to schools, prisons or shelters. Books are wonderful gifts that keep on giving. Don’t let them rot on your shelves.
- Let go of irrelevant goals.
Weight goals? The number of Facebook friends that you want? Contemplate on what really matters. Turn those unhealthy goals to life objectives that really matter. Instead, redirect your attention to meaningful relationships and good health.
- Let go of relationships that no longer serve you.
It can be an ex who still sends inappropriate text messages when he’s lonely, or a friend who just reaches out to you when she needs something. No matter who it is, don’t waste your time. Constantly remind yourself that our time here on Earth is limited. Your time is precious. Don’t waste it on people who don’t deserve you.
- Spend an entire day single-tasking.
We can do it all. We can even read a book while cooking and watching television. Sure, you can multitask. But, why don’t you try to single-task once in a while. Do one thing at a time. Send an email. Write a report. Cook dinner. Single tasking will help you accomplish more things (and so much more!) since you’re not jumping from one task to another.
Do you really need to follow that rich Parisian model on Instagram? What if she just makes you feel poor and short? What about that friend of a friend you no longer talk to? It’s fine to follow people on social media, but you may want to unfollow some who don’t really matter in your life.
- Clean your camera roll.
Delete latte art, photo duplicates, map screenshots and other unflattering photos.
- Determine your stress triggers.
A bit of social awkwardness at an acquaintance results in sudden alone time in a public bathroom. Criticism of your work manager that leads to thoughts of resignation. Recognize these not-so-healthy instances. Then, take a deep breath. Soon, you will be able to cope with these in a better way.
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