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Tips for Making and Enjoying a Minimalist Lifestyle

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Minimalism has taken over the world — in art, technology, home decor, and efforts to living a little- or no-waste life. If you haven’t learned about the concept, you’re in luck! Today the Domain Blog is dedicated to sharing some key points of minimalism and how you can make it work for you, in your apartment or elsewhere here in Madison, WI.

 

Minimalism: Defined

Minimalist living isn’t just about having the fewest amount of items in your home as possible. It’s about simplifying and focusing on the things that bring value to you and letting go of things you no longer need.

 

As explained by The Tiny Life, “Minimalist living is an all inclusive lifestyle – having a minimal, clutter-free environment is a large part of it, but it’s so much more than that. The minimalist lifestyle includes looking at the way you spend your time, your money, and even the way you think.”

 

So start by thinking about how you think about the things in your life. What brings you the most functionality, fulfillment, and happiness? Prioritize these things and see how you can take care of, organize, or let go of the things that don’t fit.

 

Minimalism: Applied

As you’re evaluating your life, start taking note of which areas of your life you want to take care of or reorganize. This can include your work or educational life, your hobbies, your home decor, your schedule, or even the people or social commitments taking up too much of your time. We have tips to do so.

 

Prioritize. Take a few minutes to write down everything that’s on your to-do list — anything you need or want to do in the areas specified above (or any other area of your life that’s on your mind). Then see what you can take care of now, what you can delegate to other people to do, and what you can set up a plan to do later.

 

Purge. Get rid of old clothes, decorative items, papers, or tasks that you no longer need taking up space in your home or your mind. See how you can sell or donate items if that helps you feel better about letting go. Look for reusable alternatives to plastic or to things you regularly throw away. You may even be able to make your own supplies that you can take pride in! You’ll feel great and inspired to do even more as you tackle small things now.

 

Do you live a minimalist lifestyle? What helps you simplify your home and routine? Share your favorite things about minimalism and any other tips for clearing your life of clutter in the comments. Good luck!