How to become a minimalist: do's and don'ts of the practice

We live in a world where having things is a sign of success. However, more and more people are turning to a minimalistic approach to life.

If you are considering minimalism as a possibility for you, you have, by now, probably read a lot of things. The first feeling when approaching this philosophy is that it seems overwhelming. On the contrary! With just a few steps, you will be able to get there.

The goal of minimalism is to align the physical things in your life with what matters the most to YOU.

The first thing to keep in mind while aiming for minimalism is that we are, more or less, all really used to buying things just for the sake of buying them. It is part of our culture, so it takes time and effort and a little getting used to to get there. Struggling is normal, it will happen, and that's ok.

That being said, here are a few DON'Ts:

Don't put off getting started. The goal of minimalism is to align the physical things in your life with what matters the most to YOU. So be intentional about it, don't base yourself on someone else's experience, and don't wait for others to come your way: get started, one step at a time.

Don't feel like you don't have the time. Minimalism is not something that you will accomplish overnight. It will take a while, so it doesn't matter if you can't spend a whole day getting rid of stuff that no longer represents you. As long as you keep your goal in mind, you will get there at your own pace.

Don't make it all about "stuff": Yes, that's all we've talked about so far, but minimalism is way more than just decluttering. Minimalism is doing the inner work and having a minimalist mindset, and these two things are, probably, more important than decluttering.

These are the things that will help you on your minimalist journey

These are the things that will help you on your minimalist journey:

Get started! Just take the leap, all you need is to put your mind to it. If you are too busy to start decluttering, you can always work on your inner self, you can control what you allow into your life.

Cultivate a minimalist mindset. Invest in self-reflection and in keeping track of how you feel during your journey. This is very important, but people tend to overlook this step. Try not to!

Be kind. To yourself and others. Don't be hard on yourself about things you've done in the past!


 

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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