Life is pretty chaotic. Even outside my own world, the connectedness of technology has given us easier access to everything—traumatic news, updates on world crises, constant comparison to others.
Millennials especially feel the strain to keep up, to solve every crisis. This is why we are such an anxious generation as a whole. To reduce this anxiety, the new trend of minimalism has swooped in to save the day.
Minimalism is about simplifying your lifestyle and creating a focus. In comparison to the consumerism of the past hundred years, minimalism embraces only the necessities.
Life and relationships also can benefit from this view of editing. Embrace activities that make a difference, are a necessity, and cause you joy. Minimalism helps life be motivated and focused.
Don’t use it every day? Put it away.
Clear off your spaces. Organize your desk. Put everything in its place.
You’ve heard it all before from your mom. Living in a clean space will help you focus and feel more at peace. (It will also help you find your keys, when they aren’t under a pile of clothes.)
Pick a time to turn off
Log off. Shut down. Whatever way you can, make a time (even if it’s fifteen minutes before bed) where you aren’t on a computer, watching TV, or using your phone. I typically put my phone on charge about an hour before I go to bed.
This helps me calm down and reduce the feeling that I should be doing something.
Embrace what you LOVE
Minimalism is not about getting rid of everything you own. And it’s not about creating a grey and white home, no matter what it looks like on Pinterest. It’s about embracing the things that you absolutely love and getting rid of everything else. Instead of having a closet full of clothes, why not have just your top 10 favorite outfits? Don’t keep something that only looks good with that white pair of pants that is never washed. Streamline the efficiency of your life by getting rid of things that don’t cause you joy. That’s the method thought up by Japanese organizational guru Marie Kondo.
Focus on one thing at a time and do it with excellence. There is an over-glorification of the ability to multi-task.
Much of the time multi-tasking means wasting time switching between doing two different things. There are times to successfully multi-task, like folding the laundry while talking on the phone. But when you try to do your homework, or write a letter while watching TV, neither is benefiting from your full attention.
Edit selectively and edit frequently
Don’t try to become a minimalist overnight. You will end up throwing out a lot that you probably still need. Every time you clean a room, look to see if there are more things that you can part with. Also, make a calendar date every month to look over your schedule. See if there is anything you are doing that you could do without. Are you wasting too much time on social media? Could you better optimize your meal time?
I don’t pretend to be an expert on this, but this is part of the journey that I am on. Please leave your experiences below. I would love to hear your thoughts. Check out my guide to a minimal 30 days.