Switching To a More Minimalist Lifestyle

Many people these days can hardly move for the amount of “stuff” they have. Not only are their homes cluttered up with what can only be regarded as useless things but also their minds and hence their lives.

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You may be surprised to learn that it is possible to be happy if you lead a minimalist life and get rid of excess clutter, in fact lots of people report that they are happier than ever.

If you fancy taking the road towards a more simple life but simply can’t bear to part with your Grandmothers china tea service then read on. Or if you want to simplify your wardrobe, check out my blog about finding your personal style.

Just like any worthwhile lifestyle change it is better to start slowly in order to maintain the minimalist life.

These are a few easy steps you can focus on at the beginning of your journey:

Put pen to paper – write down all of the reasons you have for wanting to live a simpler life. If you spend too much time cleaning and not enough time playing with the children write it down. If you are so stressed that you lay awake worrying all night write that down too. You will be able to return to this paper if you start to waver, knowing why you want to do something can be a big boost and help to make it happen.

Ditch the duplicates – go around your home and put anything which you have twice in a box. If you’ve got two measuring jugs put one in the box, if you’ve got two sets of cutlery put one in the box, if you’ve got two identical books or DVD’s put one in the box. Anything which you have in duplicate but only need one of put into the box, then leave the box somewhere for a month. If after that month you either didn’t need anything in the box or can’t even remember what is in it you can get rid of it. Donate it, sell it or dump it.

De-clutter one small space – it could be something as small as the kitchen table, the coffee table or your bedtime table. This clutter free area can be your inspiration to live with less and you can gradually spread this zone as it grows around your home. A de-cluttered night stand could grow into a clutter free bedroom and pretty soon you could have a clutter free house.

Have an emergency fund – save up $1000 for an emergency fund and you will be amazed at how much stress it will relieve. Even if you are in the middle of paying off debts save a small amount each month until you have this fund in place. If you have money put by for emergencies it can be a great comfort. Give yourself a year to reach this target – it only needs $20 per week and you’ll be amazed at how much stress this can relieve.

These are just the first steps towards a simpler, minimalist life. Even if you aren’t quite ready to get rid of Grandma’s tea service you can go a long way to improving your lifestyle. Less really is more.

The Process of Defining Your Personal Style

If you are ever interested in developing your personal style, it might take a little innovation on your part, but when you really stop to think about it, you probably follow after certain people anyway.

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It is probably true that most people are not too out in “left field” as they say, about this subject, but more mainstream. You would also probably admit that there are some people who you do follow, so just sit down and be honest and tell yourself that you do, and then make a list of who they are, and what there is about them that you find attractive.

After you do this for awhile, you will start to see that there may be a lineup of repeat people to whom you show a liking to their style. It might be their hair, their look, how they dress, style of makeup and so forth.

Go to a site like Pinterest and start your collection. Start with their outfits, and see if you can get a pattern of what they wear, and why. What about colors – is there a common denominator there? Do colors define the style and the look? Perhaps they do, but would those same colors work for you?

Pick out several words that define the styles you see that you feel would apply to you specifically. Words such as bold, sleek, modern, ladylike, smart, colorful, just try and be as accurate as possible in your definitions, and you’ll be on the right track.

Keep in mind that you are not out to please anyone else in particular with this exercise, you are simply attempting to define what you like and what is going to work for you in defining your style. All you need is a working capsule wardrobe that makes you feel like a celebrity.;)

Here is a good watch to understand more about your style:

Think about accessories, and definitive parts of what people use for definition. For example, Audrey Hepburn had her short and cropped hair, over-sized sunglasses were the trademark of Jackie O. Edie Sedgwick used mod minis and earrings that were a statement. All of the fashionable women who stand out have a special signature item or two that eventually becomes part of their style.

Look in your closet just to see if you have an over abundance of any one thing. Perhaps you have a lot of a certain color or a certain type of blouse. Think about why you do have more of one item than others. You bought them because they make you feel good or feel happy, perhaps, and these things make you feel more comfortable.

As long as these items are flattering and works for your style, then keep at it, that is something that is working for you. Take a look as well, at what people compliment about what you are wearing. It may be your hair, or your good figure, but whatever it is, you should work on complimenting that very thing. Find out what pieces can complement that asset, whatever it is.

A little thinking, and some experimentation will get you where you want to be, and before you know it, you’ll be getting compliments on your style. I am an avid fan of this blog and get my capsule wardrobe inspo from it.