3 Ways to Minimize (Without Throwing Anything Out)

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Minimalism is an idea, or movement, that supports intentional living without having to identify and become dependent on physical items or ideas. Most people make the mistake of associating minimalism with throwing away everything that no longer serves a purpose. While tossing out the junk that no longer has value is a part of the minimalistic process, there are ways to minimize without throwing anything out.

Most of our households and our lives are filled with tangible things that take up space. We keep 5 pairs of black leggings, 6 water bottles, 4 different measuring cups, and 14 photo albums because we have bonded with the idea that we need more. But in reality, we really only need less.

Before you start to get Hefty happy and throw out all the things, get to understand several ways where you can follow the righteous way to minimalism without having to throw away a single thing. Here are 3 ways to do to it:

 

Get Mentally Clear

This is perhaps the most important way to minimize without throwing anything out. In my opinion, this is the hardest part of the journey. Just like any new challenge accepted, your mental game must be strong to really identify your goal of your why and accept the fact you will have to learn to let a lot of things go. There will be things you are not prepared to let go and it could become an emotional journey.

One of the biggest challenges many face when identifying with minimalism is getting in the right mindset. Just like any habitual change that is embraced, going in the right mindset is the single most important thing that needs to happen. Getting rid of mental roadblocks is the first step in achieving minimalism.

 

Create Memorable Experiences

Becoming minimalist isn't always about throwing away things, roaming the land with just a backpack and toothbrush in tow, and living on a 4 figure salary. It's much more than that. Nowadays, it's harder for people to live in the present. It's easier to fill our schedules with busy tasks and meaningless to-do's than it is to actually take a break. Being busy all the time takes away from creating memorable experiences that last forever and can never be taken away.

It doesn't have to cost anything. It can be as simple as taking a walk with loved ones, going camping on a whim, disconnecting from social media for 24 hours or cooking a homemade meal at home.

 

Take a Digital Detox

One of the many things that spark joy is the content that is being consumed, whether it's digital or not. When you find yourself more stressed than relaxed or the mindless scrolling you are doing on social media is no longer bringing you joy, it's time to shut it off and take a break.

It doesn't just stop at social. Take some time to clean up your earbuds (analyze what you are listening to via audible content such as books and podcasts). Change your TV habits by reducing screen time in front of Netflix and even the daily news. Challenge yourself to get through one book on your list of good reads. Swap out Seinfeld with a DIY spa treatment at home. Get in the car and take the kids for ice cream sundaes. Even take a nap.

You would be surprised how much time you would have gained, stress you have reduced, and creativity you have spawned. All without throwing away one single thing.

 

//Ann-Marie Tamrowski

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