A minimalist lifestyle is quickly becoming a hot topic of conversation. In this hectic and digital world, many of us are feeling the need to have less, spend less and do less. Minimalism as a life philosophy says that by getting rid of the things that matter little in life, we are left with the things that matter most. So what are some of the benefits of this type of lifestyle? Becoming a minimalist is said to help you improve your life in several areas. For example, it can help to free you from financial worry, spend more on experiences rather than stuff, be happier, less stressed and help the environment. If this all sounds great, we’ve got the beginner’s road map for getting on a path to living a more simple and minimal lifestyle!

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The most obvious and essential way to embrace living minimally is to declutter your space. Make use of a self-storage unit to create space while keeping your items safe – this includes anything from furniture to books you’ve read cover to cover many times. You’ll notice an immediate difference once you physically remove this clutter. Another tool is to embrace a “one in, one out” mindset. This means that when something new comes into your house, something else must go out. This is a clever way to avoid building up clutter again and keep your space simple and tidy. At this stage, it may also be important to remind yourself that stripping away stuff from your life will ultimately allow you to have more freedom. 

The biggest step is asking yourself, “Do I really need this?” all the time. At first, you’ll probably justify purchases out of habit, but you might find yourself realizing you don’t need many of the items you buy. When you do have or want to buy something new, invest in on high-quality items that are meaningful for you and will last a lifetime. You might find it more fulfilling to have a sparse home filled with things you love instead of full of things you only sort of like. 

Make sure to start small. This process is supposed to be getting rid of your extra stress, so don’t feel the need to jump in with two feet right away and get rid of everything in your home. The beauty of this is that you can define what minimalism means to you.