Part seven: Minimalism

How to be successfully happy? 100 ideas for a healthy mind

Part seven: Minimalism

 

Do you feel that you have too many things?

You probably still have to arrange them, organize them and what’s worse; it gives you the extra responsibility of having to clean up, wasting your valuable time.  Time which would be better served in a different and more exciting way.

Wardrobe full, barely able to close, yet, still in the morning, you have nothing to wear? You spend a lot of money, but you do not know on what and more often than not, you are left without enough for the next month? Sound familiar?

In the beginning, it is worth asking yourself a question.  What is minimalism all about? Many people describe it as a new method to ensure happiness — Fewer things, less trouble and most importantly – fewer expenses.  Some people perceive minimalism more widely. It’s not just about cleaning the apartment or wardrobes and reducing expenses. Minimalism can be introduced into your life and you should start living by its principles.

Minimalism is a long-term process that begins when a person does not respond to the current lifestyle and decides to change something. This is most often manifested when we realize that we do not need additional luggage and we want to live our lives in a light, and importantly pleasant way, against all schemes. Some describe it as enlightenment, which unfortunately comes too late.

We will not change everything right away. As with everything, you have to start slowly, with small steps. Then indeed we will not fail. Start from the beginning, namely, look through the cabinets and drawers that are in your immediate surroundings. Using clothes as an example, you can use the following action:

Segregate things to the ones you wear and those you will never wear because they are too small, or they were just a missed purchase because, for example, an opportunity or a discount.

You can give away casual clothes, shoes or accessories to your friends or take them to the clothing store. If you want to help others, you can give them to the needy person or find an organization that deals with such activities.

Unnecessary blankets or old bedding can be returned to the shelter – they will undoubtedly use for animals.

Your child has already grown out of clothes, or does not play with toys that he or she has when they have too many?

You can give it to a mother who is not as lucky as you are in your life or take them to an orphanage.

There is one more way how we can make a choice. One of them, which will be discussed soon, is extremely simple. Let’s leave what awakens our joy and discard any item that leaves us with negative feelings, guilt or anger.  Get rid of this item immediately.

Getting rid of the excess of accumulated things over the years is a significant step to free the space around you. You also need to change the approach to shopping. Avoid temptations, never buy under the impulse, give yourself time to think.  Beware of any free gadgets that take unnecessary space and apply one crucial rule: one thing comes, one goes away. Or even better, if for example, you buy a multifunctional robot, you can get rid of several devices whose functions you will find now in one.

It all seems simple, but getting back to a minimalist household may not be so easy. Such orders are needed, but not everyone can come quickly. We are sentimental, and sometimes we keep entirely unnecessary things. Often this is due to the attachment or hope that they will still be useful someday. From the autopsy, I can say that it is usually the wrong thinking.  Experience infallibly shows that the best mix of initial motivation combined with making a habit.

Literature can help. There are many books to help you get started. If you need to read it, to motivate you to clean up, no problem – read. Do not let reading stop you and then do not take any steps to do this.

Minimalism has never been, and will not be the starting point, philosophy or rules of conduct. It should only be a tool that allows you to focus on essential things and not to pay attention to those irrelevant. How does it manifest in practice? One example, by not buying unnecessary things, not striving for possession. You can put off your money, and if you pay more, you can spend it on travels that educate and teach life.

Minimalism, as mentioned above, is not a set of fast rules showing people “how to live.” It is a tool that allows you to organize your life. If we get rid of everything that is unnecessary, namely things, duties, projects, someone else’s high expectations, we will start looking for our recipe for life. We will also stop identifying ourselves through things. Minimalism releases us giving extra space in life and provide happiness.

You do not have to get rid of everything right away; the most important thing is moderation. It’s just about having as much as you need, never too much. Minimalism is the way to freedom, through the conscious resignation from what limits us in our material life. It can also be a means to an end, for example, to make dreams come true.

Let’s not go to extremes or asceticism. We only make better use of our time, the joy of life and commune only with the best things we need.  By rubbing out our lives we can open ourselves to new ones and focus on our most important goals. We can improve our relationships with others, especially with those we care about and are closest to us. Minimalism assumes that the reorganization of the environment makes it easier to organize all life, also a vital emotional sphere.

 

Homework:

Set one day a week, about 30 minutes, to clean one cupboard or drawer. Then segregate things from this place into three categories: very important, useful but never used and junk. I do not have to write what to do with garbage? Take out immediately. Useful, but never used, give to a person in need. Very important, save.

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