The Ultimate Guide to Minimalism

Minimalist interior - photo by Paula Schmidt
Minimalist interior – photo by Paula Schmidt

With our everyday lives becoming progressively busier and with consumerism at an all-time high, is it any wonder that some of us want to detox with a minimalist lifestyle? Minimalism doesn’t always refer to mean the classic Scandinavian model which we’ve all come to know and love. It refers to your entire lifestyle, disposing of the things you don’t need and living with just the essentials.

If you have lots of stuff already, consider putting it in storage, selling the things you don’t want and avoid accumulating more by shopping less. Read on for more tips on how to live the perfectly uncluttered life of a minimalist.

Why become a minimalist?

There are countless benefits to being a minimalist. Not only does it unburden you of unnecessary possessions, but it can also influence other areas of your life in positive ways. It could break expensive shopping habits, inspire you to leave a job that isn’t fulfilling, enjoy a travel-friendly lifestyle that you can take around the world and decrease your carbon footprint.

By giving up physical things, you will find that you become better at letting go of life grievances that are holding you back, find your purpose in life and grow as an individual without the weight of physical and mental baggage.

The beauty of minimalism is that it improves every aspect of your life.


It’s amazing how much we accumulate without even realising. It could be an unused lamp here, spare chairs there, all of which take up precious space in your home. Go through the house and consider whether you really need everything and be ruthless. If something doesn’t bring you joy, then it doesn’t belong in your house.

Declutter and make money at the same time! Sell anything you no longer need and come one step closer to your dream minimalist home.

Utilise storage solutions

If you’re still emotionally attached to your things and don’t want to get rid of them altogether, why not put them in storage? This means you can use your things again in future or gift them away to loved ones. In this way, you can still enjoy the benefits of an uncluttered space safe in the knowledge that you can use you things as and when you want.

Shop consciously

In keeping with the minimalist philosophy of only owning the essentials, incorporate it into your shopping habits. When considering purchasing something ask yourself whether you really need it or whether it will just add to the clutter without being useful. If you keep buying things you don’t need and succumbing to impulse buys, you will simply end up back at square one. And with even more stuff!

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