5 Ways to Live a Minimalist Lifestyle

I started using a planner.  A friend from my blogging community offered me a complimentary planner to post about it on my Instagram page, and I accepted because I could really stand to be more organized.*

Planning life is so essential to be able to see true priorities.  Pray and watch God work out the details. ~ #minimalistlifestyle

Formerly, my telephone notes housed my to-do list.  I took some time and dumped the notes into color coded items.  As I began to check items off the list, my head began to hurt.  There was always too much list left at the end of the day.  There was never room for last minute emergencies, or extra hugs and kisses.

Part of a minimalist lifestyle is trading some of the items on your to dos for more hugs and kisses ~ #minimalistylifestyle #marriedlife #marriageministry

As my head throbbed, I was taken back to the moments when I began this journey to balance.  I remembered why I dove in head first to this minimalist lifestyle.

I began because some things had to go.  Recently, I fell off track because I do not have a tiny house. I still have cluttered corners.  I like to shop to add to my minimalist wardrobe.  My husband has not jumped on board with my minimalist philosophy, so I thought that perhaps, I was not minimalist enough to count.

I was wrong.  A minimalist lifestyle much like anything else is a process.  It is a way of life not an end product. Thus, for anyone trying to declutter, balance, or just breathe, here are some ways to live a minimalist lifestyle.

1. Get rid of stuff.

Take 15 minutes a day, or 15 minutes a week, or 15 minutes a month to purge.  You no longer wear the dress.  The kids no longer play with the toys.  You no longer own a DVD player.  The makeup is no longer any good.  The books deserve a new home.  The mail can be shredded or trashed.  You do not need it.  It can go.  It has served its purpose, or maybe it is brand new.  Either way it is taking up space, and you could use that space…

2. Get rid of tasks.

A good planner can really show you what you feel is important. Minimalist living makes sure that your planner matches your REAL priorities ~ #minimalistlife #minimalistlifestyle #priorities

Look at your to-do list with a heavy dose of reality and cross certain things off the list PERMANENTLY.  I was trying so hard to do so much and BE so much that I lost the ability to just BE…Do not lose yourself in your list.  Some items can wait until tomorrow.  Some things can wait until next week.  Others things never deserved to be on the list at all.  You are doing some things that are no longer a productive use of your time simply because you have always done them.  You are doing some things out of an unrealistic sense of obligation.  Those are things the that need to go FOREVER.  You could use that space…

3. Get rid of people.

I am a people person.  I love being around people (for the most part).  I feed off the energy of people.  Some people are no longer worth my time.  Some people are no longer worth your time.  Even if you are not a people person, many of you, like myself, are holding on to people who meant so much to you at one point in your life.  You think you need them.  You think they need you.  You think that your life is somehow worse without them…You are right about some of them…but some of them no longer deserve your time. Some of them no longer deserve your loyalty.  Some of them no longer deserve your space…

4. Make room for interruptions.

The kids will never be this age again. A minimalist lifestyle ensures you do not miss out on their growth. ~ #minimalistlifestlye #boyphotography #motherhood

You will find yourself with more space, more empty closets, corners, cabinets, and to-dos.  You will find more open time on your formerly full calendar.  Use your space for interruptions.  You can replace the 10 items you gave away with the one item you have been eyeing.  You have more room for reading bedtime stories, doing homework and playing games.  You have the capacity to accept new friends.

Your kids will ask you to play when it is inconvenient.  Your friends, old and new, will need you when it is inconvenient.  Catastrophes, big and small, happen when it is inconvenient.  You need the space.  The space allows for life to happen in between your regularly scheduled programming.

5. Make room for people that matter.

A minimalist lifestyle is about enjoying the moment. It is about giving up what you do not need to make room for what you do need. ~ #minimalistlifestyle #minimalistliving #motherdaughter

I had no idea.  I thought a minimalist lifestyle was about open floor plans with well-designed white spaces.  I thought it was about 33 item capsule wardrobes.  I thought it was about budgeting and downsizing, and it is.  Yet, it is also about so much more.  A minimalist lifestyle is about being present.  It is about enjoying the moment.  It is about giving up what you do not need to make room for what you do need.  Sometimes you need coffee dates and date nights.  Sometimes you need snuggles and movies with fur babies, real babies, or spouses.  Sometimes you need to sit in the sunshine…and just breathe.

Minimalism is a movement. A minimalist lifestyle eliminates all the excess so that you can focus on priorities.

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How do you live your minimalist lifestyle?

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Minimalism is a movement. A minimalist lifestyle eliminates all the excess so that you can focus on priorities. ~ #minimalistlifestyle #minimalism #minimalist

If you would like to check out other ways to declutter your life or learn to live a minimalist lifestyle, here are some other pieces on the subject:

1. Decluttering Your Life to Make Room for What Matters

2. Decluttering Your Past

3. 3 Ways to Declutter Your To-Do List

4. Learn How to Enjoy the Journey

5. How to Be Present When Life is Busy

*I received this planner complimentary in exchange for an Instagram ad.  All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and/or its affiliates in any way

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  1. Making room in my life for a planner was one of the best things I did for my scattered brain! I have been through a couple of different options at this point, and am now just using a cheapo notebook to write down my weekly to-do. But I also use it to keep track of every. thing. else. in my brain. It hasn’t been a perfect solution, but it has helped me immensely 🙂 Minimalism is a journey. One step at a time until you get closer to the point you are trying to reach, whatever it may be. Also, just a side note, a tiny house does not always equal less clutter…trust me on this, lol. But we are working on it!! 🙂 God Bless!

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    1. 😂😂😂 Thank you for clarifying the tiny house for me. I am loving this planner simply because it can fit in my purse and has days so that I can schedule things out. I never saw the benefits of putting things on the list for different days until I started using it. That way I’m not staring at the phone call I need to make on Wednesday every time I open my list. Life. Changing. I don’t think anything is a perfect solution. Just making progress is success in my book.

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    1. I do not need all the extra stuff. I’m just not organized enough to get rid of it effectively which holds up the process. For example, I have a stack probably three -four feet wide and two feet tall that needs to go to Goodwill and I haven’t created the time to get it there. *sigh*

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  2. Love this. I’ve found what helps me to live more minimalist is to give myself more time to get from point A to B. This makes me feel so much freer to do things that evoke joy, like noticing the sunrise, chatting with a stranger, etc.

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  3. decluttering the home! We did this last summer and are currently going through the house again. It’s amazing what can accumulate. It’s not as big a task as last time but it does help to keep in check, what I use and what I value

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    1. Yes. I’m noticing that the more and more I take the time to declutter, the less there is to do every time. In addition, my corners are clearing bit by but, and as a non- neat freak, my house mess is a little more manageable. I can even open the door for unexpected guests without flinching 😂

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  4. Making room for interruptions and people that matter! Not what I typically think of in “Decluttering mode” but that is absolutely the purpose. Otherwise, why bother!! These are great ways to live a minimalist lifestyle!

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    1. I am so careful with buns because I will fill them and never look back. My best friend is so good at organizing using bins, but I’m not there yet. I’m open to any suggestions you have so that my bins do not just become hosts for all the stuff I don’t want to look at right now.

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  5. I think I’m a minimalist, I’m not sure. However, I live with people who aren’t so it’s a constant struggle. As an amputee, I live out of my Notepad app on my phone, which is my version of a planner. Plus I can keep everything in 1 place. Great post, great ideas. Thank you, Brittany!

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    1. Thank you Wendy. Not everyone in my house in minimalist either so they don’t understand when I am literally throwing things away so I don’t have to look at them anymore. They cannot always understand why I “need to get rid of that” or “don’t want to buy that.” They, however, are starting to see that they do not need nearly as much as they think they do…I used the notes in my phone FOREVER so I completely understand living out of them. Thanks for the kind words!

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  6. We’ve been minimalists for about two years now and what has made the biggest difference for us was filling our time with more of what mattered. We aren’t on our phones as much, we have more time to spend with our kids. It’s awesome! Great article!

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    1. I am trying to get my husband on board, but he hasn’t committed to anything. However, he has been purging slowly but surely. I need to do better with my phone. I have been blocking out time for uninterrupted family time but I need to do a little more.

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  7. In some ways it is heartening to see the whole world beginning to practice the discipline of “enough.” In other ways, I fear that it, too, will become a thing of excess. Oh, our prone to wander hearts!
    My favorite point here is about making room for interruptions. YES! It’s really the only way to be present to the real people in our lives!

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  8. As someone who keeps track of the progress at work and makes sure there’s enough time for a project to be executed, I absolutely live a different life personally. I’m not totally a clutter-bug, but I don’t always have all the time I need. I should get a planner

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  9. Great list! I purge frequently, but I also do not buy more stuff that I don’t need. I started this during my doctoral program, when my income had decreased significantly. I noticed that I didn’t buy a new pair of jeans, unless I had to (e.g., there were holes in the thigh section smh)…years later, I still follow the same basic rule.

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  10. Yes, yes, yes!! I’m in the same season of my life…healthy purging!!! My husband isn’t quite on board and probably thinks I’m nuts …but The bottom line is stuff is just stuff when it comes down to it! And we can’t take it with us when we leave this earth and it distracts me entirely too much.

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