We live in a world of stuff, yet ironically this very stuff can cause us much discontent.
Our consumerist society is led to believe that more is more. That we need variation. That we need something for every possible occasion we may one day encounter. Yet less is actually more.
Minimalism is all about appreciating that which we truly value, and removing everything else that is a distraction.
The 19th century designer William Morris said “have nothing... that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Everything you own should have a practical function, and you should find them beautiful.
So where to begin? Get a little messy. Pull everything out of its place and sort through your possessions one by one. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. Slow and steady wins the race. Sorting through your possessions and creating a decluttered clean living space will bring you a great sense of accomplishment.
Here some minimalist tips we've gathered designed to bring more happiness to your life.
Learn how to let go
Living minimally means learning how to let go. It is incredible to know how much emotional baggage items can carry. You'll begin to feel more empowered, capable and creative than before. Realise that your surroundings are not you. Strip down what you don't need and it will define what's really important in your life.
Appreciate the downsized
Travelling the world is a great way to appreciate a more minimal way of life. We're not talking just resort style holidays, but experiencing different cultures and realising the little things people around the world cherish. Those in developing countries are often far happier than us. No amount of money can buy the happiness that being present and living simply can bring.
Enjoy more free time
Once you've finished the downscaling process you may find you have more time on your hands. You know longer have to spend hours deciding what to wear, or searching for that one kitchen item you can't find. Use that time to relax and be. Minimalism will not only provide physical space for you, it will provide you with emotional space to grow.
When you have less you feel the need to buy less. Instead of material possessions, spend your money on memories rich in experience. Have a life that's based on being rather than having. Happiness is derived from connecting with others and creating memories, and minimalism helps encourage this way of life.
Donate or sell
Remember all that excess stuff you were decluttering earlier? Make good use of it. There are plenty of charities in need of used goods. Choose a cause you believe in like the women's refuge, or the Syrian refugees. For any fancy items try selling them online or book a stall at your local market. As they say one man's trash is another man's treasure.