If you want to start living a minimalist lifestyle, it isn’t that hard. You have much less stuff to think about, for starters. Thinking of moving abroad? Maybe you want to start travelling? Downsizing? Whatever your reason for wanting to simplify your life, you’ll find that there are a few things you’ll need to do, but mainly, you’ll need to do these three things:
#1. Sell All Your Stuff
I know what you’re thinking – What? I can’t sell all my stuff, I need all my stuff! But do you? How much stuff do you have? Sure, you’ll need clothing, cookware/cutler/glassware, etc. But do you need ALL of it? Can you whittle your wares down a little? You don’t have to sell everything either, you can donate items too.
I feel selling stuff is therapeutic for me. I love doing it. I love getting rid of things. I often wonder ‘how did I accumulate so much stuff? I am sometimes left with a tough choice if I should keep something or not, too. I usually figure it out though. I also like occasionally starting every sentence in a paragraph with the word ‘I’.
Why should you sell your stuff? You’d be surprised how much stuff you have that you don’t actually use. There’s a chance you may use that Bundt cake pan someday, but there’s a better chance someone else will use it more than the one failed attempt at a pineapple upside down cake that you used it for.
Getting rid of stuff is a great first step towards living with less. And if you need some guidance on how to sell all your stuff, check out any of the Sell All Your Stuff e-books. You don’t have to move abroad, but it can help you with selling all your stuff! Want something free? Try selling stuff online and keep track of it using the Sell All Your Stuff Online Sales Tracker. Better yet, sign up for the newsletter and get free stuff regularly!
#2. Don’t Buy More Stuff
If you’ve never made a pineapple upside down cake before and need a Bundt cake pan, try borrowing a neighbors first. If it turns out that baking a pineapple upside down cake is the best thing that ever happened to you, try making another. And if that same feeling occurs, THEN you can buy one, but only if you make me a delicious pineapple upside down cake.
We often justify our purchases when we should be talking ourselves out of those purchases. Do I really NEED those pants? I’ve bought pairs of pants and never worn them. Do I really NEED that shirt? Ever buy a shirt and a few weeks later wonder WTF was I thinking – this shirt is FUGLY! And don’t even get me started on whether you need that Bundt cake pan.
Not buying stuff is sometimes harder than actually buying stuff, especially in this day and age with it being so easy and inexpensive to accumulate stuff. So…don’t accumulate stuff.
Over the course of life people (usually those in developed countries) tend to accumulate stuff. So if you’ve completed #1 and sold your stuff, and you followed through on #2 and haven’t purchased more stuff lately, how do you get by without stuff? Well, you absorb #3 and do more with the stuff you have.
As we packed for our move to Panama, we wondered how we could possibly shove our lives into 4 suitcases. Looking back, I’m wondering why we needed 4 suitcases. Regardless, one of the ways we made the most of our packing was to pack clothes and electronic cables into plastic Tupperware containers (not actual Tupperware brand though). This allowed us to bring said plastic containers with us so we could store things, like leftover pineapple upside down cake, for example.
When we got to Panama, I soon realized my t-shirts needed to become tank tops. So I cut the sleeves off! Do you use paper towels? Why not try using sleeves of an old t-shirt instead? Efficiency is key when it comes to doing more with less.
There are so many resources available on the internet that can help you do more stuff with less stuff…except when it comes to toilet paper, sometimes you just need that kind of stuff.
By doing the three things above, you can easily simplify your life. You’ll start living a minimalist lifestyle without even thinking about it.