11 Minimalist Mindset Tips

Here are some things you should focus on if you are looking to get into a more minimalist and mindful lifestyle.

1. Take some time to go through EVERYTHING you consider yours.

When people lean towards minimalism, it’s often because they feel as though they have more things than they use. Perhaps they are experiencing clutter and mess on a daily basis, or they simply recognize how consumerism has adversely affected their lifestyles. If you feel bogged and weighed down by your possessions, you should take a day (or as many days as you need) to sit and take note of everything you own.

What are these items? How long are they meant to last? Are you a hoarder of certain items, such as makeup or memorabilia?

Gather your items and categorize them by what you use daily and what you use only on occasion.

The “occasional use” pile is huge, huh? I know mine was.

So, why do you have these things if they aren’t good for daily use? Are they things that can be borrowed or rented? Are they simply unnecessary? Then, what is your attachment to them? Do they have sentimental value of some sort, or are they just cool items you’d rather not get rid of? Overvaluing insignificant items is a problem that vehemently hinders the true growth and contentiousness of each individual.

Your first goal should be to get rid of things you know you are holding on to just to have them. It might help to create a physical list of everything you have and start crossing off what you want to (or know you should) part with. If you find it hard to part with something you know you don’t necessarily need, devise a plan to live without it for an extended period of time. Have friends or family hold these types of things for a year. If you can live comfortably without said items for a year (or more, it’s up to you) then you can go ahead and get rid of said items.

2. Give what you can away to those who might need it, sell the rest.

Mindfulness is key. Could the items you are giving away affect someone else’s life in a positive way? Hand it over!

Of course, what you do with your items is up to you, but I live by the philosophy of “The energy you put out, is the energy you receive.” By positively affecting someone’s life in some way, you won’t just be doing something good (cleaning up your life via minimalism) for yourself, but you’ll be extending that energy to those around you, which is a wonderful thing.

3.Sell what you can

Many of out useless items have some sort of monetary value. There are countless nonconsumer oriented things you can do with money (like travel!).

4. Function over aesthetics

A lot of the things we have, we decided to buy because of its aesthetic value. Beauty runs this world, and how many times have you seen a “better”, “updated” version of something you already have and found yourself wanting it? Even if it functions almost identically to the version you currently own?

Alternatively, what if it offers something that you don’t really need, but it would be nice to have and it looks cool anyway?

With minimalism and mindfulness, we stop placing unearned value on items that solve problems they create.

“But, How can an item solve a problem it creates?”

Here is an example. The apple slicer is a lovely invention. It cuts each piece of the apple evenly while removing the core of the Apple consistently every time. However, is the apple slicer a necessary item to have if you plan to enjoy your apples? Absolutely not.

5. Multifunctional tools are your best friend.

Are you the type who loves to live on the bare minimum and explore? Anela Luna, a designer, created a coat that turns into a tent. This concept was originally intended for Syrian refugees, however, the concept is great for the more adventurous of minimalists.

For the less adventurous who still find minimalism worth incorporating, items like the Lenovo’s latest laptop/tablet hybrid, the Lenovo Flex, are a perfect way to begin. Items that combine the functionalities of multiple other items in the same families are ideal. The Lenovo Flex item alone is a laptop, tablet, and library (Kindle app), all in one.

Basically, any one item that can do multiple things is worth looking into to see if it fits into your minimalist repertoire.

6. Get handy

If you can’t find something, see if you can make it! If you are looking at this article then you have some kind of internet access. Which means you are one of the many that have an unlimited access to information, tutorials, bartering websites such as swap.com, so nothing is out of reach.

Can’t find the bags you want? Maybe learning leathercraft so you can create something that is both durable and tailored specifically to your needs is the way to go! Remember, you only need to hold onto things for as long as you need them. For example, buy the leather craft tools, learn leathercraft, make what you need, then sell the tools or gift them to someone who might need them.

Get Creative.

7. Be patient with yourself.

We live in a consumerist culture. Before we understand the concept of money or even know what it is, we are told how to spend it. Understand that your desire to live a more minimal and mindful lifestyle might require a bit of an adjustment period. Maybe you were all gung ho about being minimal until you realized your own way over 100 things. It’s alright. Most of us have been accumulating things our whole lives. My mother still has blankets clothes and shoes from my infancy. You aren’t alone. You also aren’t alone in this transformation

8. Understand what type of minimalist you are aiming to become.

As I mentioned before, there are MANY types of minimalists.

Some decide to live with 50 items and forsake the ownership of a vehicle and a permanent residence, opting to travel the world. Others simply want to clear the clutter, in all its forms, out of their life. The term “minimalism” is just an umbrella term, and figure out where underneath that umbrella you fit will be a good place to start when figuring out what to rid yourself of.

9. It’s never strictly physical

Don’t just shed material excess. Shed excess from all aspects of your life. Anything including relationships, emotional baggage, f ear, negativity. Minimalism and mindfulness mean only focusing your energy on the aspects of life which allows you to grow or bring you a sense of peace and happiness. People turn to minimalism because they believe that underneath all the physical and nonphysical baggage, a calm, grounded, bliss awaits. Going through your life and riding yourself of people and situations that are not conducive to your happiness is key. Whether that be a job change, relationship change, new groups of friends, new habits, new locations, whatever. Whatever you need to be the best version of yourself, you deserve.

10. Surround yourself with people who reflect your ideas.

Remember, you can’t declutter and destress your life, bettering both yourself and your funds in the process if you are best friends with a shop-a-holic who is neck-deep in credit card debt. People who reflect your values are the people you should spend time around.

11. Share!

Social media is a wonderful tool to connect with others who share your journey, or who are where you want to be. You can find all sorts of minimalist tips and hacks. You can even share your own! Having a community is important, online or in person. A supportive network of people will help smooth over any growing pains, trust me. Support also helps you keep your head in the game.

Use minimalism to break free of boundaries and clear obstacles. Think simple.