How to become a minimalist
The average tiny home is between 100-400 sq. ft. Tiny Living by 84 Lumber offers homes between 150-250 sq. ft. So, how do you survive in a home this small? You become a minimalist.
Minimalists generally own fewer things and strive to live smaller, simpler lives. It doesn’t come easy for most, but there are tips and tricks to make the process easier.
- Give yourself a goal and a timeline: Is your goal to have all your clothes fit into a small suitcase? Do you just want to declutter a room in your house? Or, are you simply looking for less stress? Once you have your goal set, you have to make a deadline for yourself, so that you can hold yourself accountable. There is no “right way” way to be a minimalist.
- Teach yourself to live with and on less: Keeping track of your finances and paying attention to all the little things you spend money on that you may not necessarily need will make a big difference. Daily lattes add up. Simply saying, “no” when your at a store can add up to BIG savings. How many times have you walked into Target for one item and $200 later you’re wondering, “what happened?!” Once you start analyzing what your spending money on, you’ll start making smarter money decisions.
- Quality over quantity: When you need to have something new, it may make sense in the long run to splurge. It’s not always the case, but usually high prices items will last you long and therefore give you a bigger bang for your buck.
- Go through your closest: You’ve heard it before, but it’s true– If you haven’t worn it in 6 months, throw it out. There is not reason to attach sentimental value to clothing. If you’re not wearing it, someone out there would. A good first step to take towards minimalism is to go through all your clothes and create keep, donate and trash piles. Make sure you go through that keep pile twice though.
- Connect with other minimalists: Social media is an amazing tool. A quick search on Instagram can lead to thousands of other people who are living minimalist lifestyles.
Minimalism looks different on everyone, so do what feels and works best for you. And remember, it’s not easy, so give yourself time to adjust. And, don’t be too hard on yourself.