5 More Simple Ways to Become a Minimalist TODAY

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***Check out the original post 5 Simple Ways to Become a Minimalist***

Since the great interest in the first edition of 5 Simple Ways to Become a Minimalist TODAY, I have been thinking about some other great tips for becoming more of a minimalist ASAP.

Some of the following tips may not be as easy to implement, but are great ways to, like stated in the first post, get the proverbial ball rolling.

Without further adieu…..

5 More Simple Ways to Become a Minimalist TODAY:

  1. Rid 5 Unused Things aka Stuff : With family in tow, walk through your home with the goal of ridding 5 items. I suggest making them somewhat significant items. Pencils, pens, balled up paper and items already in the trash don’t count. Try extra furniture no one ever sits on or decorative stuff on tables. Do it as a family so everyone has the same mentality developed.
  2. Pick One Big Ticket Item to Sell : Have an extra lawnmower just sitting in the garage? Sell it! Have an extra La-Z-Boy that just sits around with little use? Sell it! Have a troublesome child that won’t behave? Okay, don’t sell them. Just make them minimalize their room. That will teach them. Getting back to the big ticket item. A big ticket item sold on Craigslist or eBay will not only help minimalize your stuff, but it may free up some money for the whole family to go out for an evening of movies and popcorn or do whatever excites you.
  3. Eliminate Your Spouse’s Stuff : Decide with your spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, significant other that you each need to reduce your stuff by one. Make the rule that you get to pick 3 things of theirs and they get to pick 3 things of yours. Then the person whose stuff it is MUST get rid of one of their own 3 the other has picked out. What this does is force each other to analyze what is really important to them? It sounds really tough, but once completed, you both probably won’t miss each item.
  4. STUFF-less Zone : Pick an area of the house where there won’t be any STUFF. One good place to start may be the kitchen table. Tell everyone in the household that nothing is allowed on the kitchen table AT ALL unless it is meal time. Don’t waver! Same goes for wherever you pick your STUFF-less Zone. By starting to make one of your frequented places in your home more like a minimalist, the minimalism fever will spread to other zones of your home.
  5. Don’t Buy STUFF for a Day : Mind you any necessities (food, water, toilet paper), do not buy one THING. By THING, I mean toy, gadget, clothing, car, book, jacket, lamp, couch, spatula, so on and so forth. Don’t buy 1 THING for a day. Then extend this to a week. It will be tougher than you think. But getting through that week will open your eyes to wasteful spending and STUFF consumption.

Hopefully, these 5 tips have helped you become more of a minimalist TODAY.

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Have a great day…

Dave
LifeExcursion

10 Responses to 5 More Simple Ways to Become a Minimalist TODAY

  1. Don’t buy something for a week is easily doable.

    Kids stuff can be biffed or given away leading to much cleaner bedrooms. It also means the kids won’t find it such a chore to clean their rooms.

    I like the idea of a Suffless zone.

    What are your views on plants in the home. Fluff or worth having?
    .-= Gordie Rogers´s last blog ..Confessions Of A Personal Development Junkie. =-.

  2. Srinivas Rao says:

    It’s amazing how much freeing up stuff in your life frees up your mind. I’ve been trying to explain this to my roommate who is a stress case because he is the most cluttered person I’ve ever seen.
    .-= Srinivas Rao´s last blog ..*You + Super Mario Star = Exceptional Life* =-.

    • Dave says:

      Srini—

      I understand your frustration with getting others to change for the better. My girlfriend and I see it completely differently so compromise is a big thing. Keep on them and eventually they will probably see your success and change

      Dave
      LifeExcursion

  3. I think the best way to become minimalist is to move to a new country. You will have to fit everything you own into two check on items. I call it the “two bag rule.” If it isn’t important enough to have in those two bags, then it isn’t worth buying.

    Are those your guitars?
    .-= John Bardos – JetSetCitizen´s last blog ..What is it like to Teach English in Korea? Interview: Linsday Nash =-.

    • Dave says:

      Unfortunately that is just a stock photo. I wish they were my guitars or that I could play them.

      Moving overseas definitely helped me. I am back stateside now but making that move forced the 2 bag rule on me. Great advice man. Have you heard of Matthew McConaughey’s lifestyle approach? I heard an interview with him where he said every few years, he packs everything he can in two bags. Whatever is left, he gets rid of. Awesome idea. Obviously, he can afford it.

      dave

  4. Karen says:

    Great suggestions!! I like the “stuff less zone” also. A designer friend of mine also told me about having a “drop zone” (which I think is a real design term?) where you drop you daily items (keys, chapstick, wallet, things you uses daily and keep in your pockets/purse). I have kept this idea as a first shelf on one of my bookcases, where nothing goes there except these important items that get picked up, used, and then redeposited when you get home. I think it’s a great idea to keep your daily use things from being thrown around, and then lost when you are trying to run out the door quickly!!

    :)
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..10 Lessons I’ve Learned Since Becoming A Blogger =-.

    • Dave says:

      I think the drop zone is a great idea and something I have been utilizing for about 10 years now. That idea falls more into organization but there are definitely minimalist aspects to it.

      Dave
      LifeExcursion

  5. Ken Kurosawa says:

    Getting rid of unused stuff is my weapon of choice in cleaning up. The biggest problem I have is thinking “I might need it later” or the stuff might have emotional attachment which makes it more difficult to just toss.
    Little by little, I’m walking toward minimalism too!
    .-= Ken Kurosawa´s last blog ..10 Tips to Get More Out of Google in Less Time =-.

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