There are so many things to collect in this world, but we can’t keep everything. Imagine holding onto every toy, clothing, and gift you’ve had since you were born! Moving on and implementing minimalistic habits helps you to keep clutter to a minimum. There are many easy things you can do to live a minimalistic lifestyle without changing too many things. Here are 6 of the best minimalistic habits you need to be doing daily to help lead a more simplistic lifestyle!
Minimalistic Habits To Have
Use The One In, One Out Method
It can be tempting to walk around Primark, picking up new and exclusive décor items or clothing. However, picking up lots of little bits can lead to a cluttered home. One of my favorite minimalistic habits is called the one in, one out method, and it helps you avoid filling your home with things you already have.
For example, if you purchase a new coat, maybe you could sell or donate one of your old ones. It stops you from having multiples of the same thing while also decluttering as you go! For every item I bring into the home, I need to bin or sell another. It’s a great way to declutter while also making money on the side.
If you purchase a new item, you don’t have to remove the same thing from your house. If you buy a new pair of shoes, you don’t have to sell your old ones. Keep the number of things in your home to a minimum and get into the habit of sorting through and removing things when you bring new items into your home.
The Six Month Rule
Another great minimalistic habit to use is the six months rule. If you have items and clothing lying around which you haven’t worn or used in the last six months, you should revaluate its purpose to you. The six-month rule is a valuable habit to get into as it helps you consider what items mean to you and how they impact your life.
I like to use this method when cleaning out my wardrobe as I am attached to my clothes. If you haven’t worn something in six months, take a moment to ask yourself why you haven’t. For example, if it’s a jumper and we’re in the middle of summer, it’s understandable to leave it there. However, if you haven’t worn that jumper for the last few years, maybe it’s time to get rid of it.
Keep Surfaces Clear
A minimalistic habit that will help your home look and feel tidier is to keep surfaces clean. When you use something, get into the habit of putting it away and clean the surface as you go. Keeping things tidy as you go helps you keep your home looking nicer and reduces your cleaning time. For example, when you’re cooking dinner, clean dishes and chopping boards as you finish using them, put away the laundry as soon as you fold it, rather than leaving it on the table.
Clean up pens and craft bits if you’ve finished a crafting project. If you keep your surfaces clear, it looks minimalistic and better than a cluttered desk. You can use the surface straight away should you need to do something, and when things get put away correctly, you know exactly where it is should you need it again.
Have A Digital Declutter
Have you ever tried to download something, but you’re out of storage? Maybe you can’t find the pictures you want. A lifestyle habit that changed my life was to have a regular digital declutter. A digital declutter is where you sort out your technology and clear it from unnecessary files. I find that it’s best to do a declutter every month or every two weeks to avoid files building up. Here are some things you can declutter!
- Go through your photos, delete the old ones and sort others into names folders
- Reply to all your emails and DMs
- Remove any files and documents you don’t need anymore
- Delete any old emails or file important ones
- Uninstall apps you don’t use
- Unfollow any accounts you don’t like or interact with
- Back up your devices, files, For example, when and photos
Purchase Quality, Timeless Items
Sustainable shopping is a minimalistic habit that more of us need to adopt. We need to ditch fast fashion and invest in quality, sustainable pieces that last longer than a year. Building an ethical wardrobe is a minimalistic habit that has changed my life and helped me reconsider my purchases. I loved Primark shopping, and I am still guilty of picking up the odd piece when I am tight for cash.
However, investing in quality, sustainable clothing can help you reduce the amount of clothing you purchase throughout the year. These timeless pieces are built to last, which cuts down on the amount of fast fashion you bin each year. It’s better to make a capsule wardrobe of 20 pieces than repurchasing new clothes each year.
Learn To Say No
Christmas and birthdays are filled with gift-giving, but that means more things in your home. Learning to say no is a minimalist habit that can prevent unnecessary items from entering your home. If you don’t need something, you don’t need to accept it. For example, you don’t have to receive free samples just because they’re free. Instead, learn to say no when you’re offered things you don’t want or need.
Similarly, you could say that you’re not receiving gifts at Christmas. For some people, this will be a hard habit. But you could do something with your loved ones instead. I’ll admit, I love opening Christmas gifts, but building memories are more precious than a gift that could be sitting on my shelf for months.
Minimalism is effortless when you start building good habits. These habits changed my life and improved my mindset. You can still have a fulfilling life, even when you cut out the little bits and bobs. Materialistic items aren’t always the way to make happiness. What minimalistic habits have you adopted? I’d love to hear how you’re changing your lifestyle, one bite at a time.
Em is a UK blogger focusing on self-improvement, money & sustainability on her blog “Love, Em.” With four years of experience in the blogging world, she is keen to share her knowledge. Emily is passionate about helping others, and since leaving college, she has decided to put her passions in writing. You can find her over on social media!