Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Family living // Steps to a more minimal life

A minimal lifestyle isn’t suited to everyone. However, thanks to how hectic today’s world can be, for a lot of us, living a life with less can be ideal. The fact is that leading a minimalist lifestyle means that you need less, desire less, spend less, and do less. In many ways, it makes family life a whole lot easier and less stressful!

The question that a lot of people who are interested in leading a more minimalist life ask is how to get started. While there isn’t one single piece of advice that will allow you to become a minimalist overnight, the steps below might help to put you on the right path....

Set yourself goals

Living with less is a very personal choice and one that you need to define for yourself. Ask yourself what your idea of leading a minimal life is and use your answer to set yourself goals. Say, for example, for you the concept of leading a minimal life is living in a home that is free of clutter, set that as your first goal. For each goal that you set yourself, make a plan for how you will achieve them. There’s no right or wrong way to be minimalist; it’s just a case of finding what works for you and your family.

Decide how you’ll change your home

In most cases, the quest for a more minimalist home will make you wonder whether your home is the right place to be. Should you look for a property that’s smaller and more simplistic or is it okay to stay where you’re living? If you love your home, and it’s perfect for your family, don’t move. Instead, take the time to change your home and make it more suited to your new way of life. This could include decluttering any items that you no longer need and finding ways to become more organised at home. Or, it could mean changing up the style of your home and making it look and feel more simplistic. It’s your home, so it’s your choice what changes you make.

Learn how to spend less

If you’re used to your little luxuries, you may not want to dive right into the deep end of minimalism. So take your time and slowly learn to live on less. By doing this, you’ll spend less on things that you don’t need, and so, will have more money left over each month. This can be helpful if you struggle to keep up to date with your bills or have debts that need paying off. To streamline your finances, if you have debts look into debt consolidation loans and see if they could work for you. As that way, you would only have one sum to pay off to one company each month, not lots of different ones.

Practice reusing and recycling

Another fantastic habit to get into when pursuing a more minimal life (or just in general!) is reusing and recycling. This means that instead of getting rid of items just because they have a problem, you take the time to fix them or get them fixed. It also means saving packaging such as boxes and bubble wrap to use again in the future. Don’t just throw things out without thinking, always consider what that item could be used for. For example, a dress with an stain on it could be cut up and turned into a top or a skirt, depending on where the stain is. Any material that isn’t used could then be turned into rags for cleaning your home with.

Do you have any tips that you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them! Let me know in a comment below.

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