To be a minimalist, you have to live in a home that’s nearly empty with white walls, right? I’m pretty sure I just made an entire group of people roll their eyes.
Minimalism isn’t about restricting yourself from the things you can’t have, it’s about focusing on being grateful for the things you do have.
It’s also about implementing some super simple minimalist habits to make your life easier, clearer, and calmer… and who wouldn’t want that?
A few small changes can make a world of a difference.
When you start adding these surprisingly simple habits into your daily routine, you’ll find that you can take your days from chaotic and high stress back down to organized and low-key.
The best part?
Most of these habits can be completed in less than 10 minutes.
Whether you’re a seasoned minimalist, just starting your minimalism journey, or hardcore anti-minimalism, these tips will benefit your life and help you create a home environment that you actually enjoy.
Start with your mindset, streamline your game plan, and incorporate your new habits.
We’re going to talk about:
How your mindset affects your decision to start and stick to your new minimalist habits
Streamlining your new habits by placing them into existing routines
9 minimalist habits you can start doing today to enhance your life
Everything starts with a good look at your reason for wanting to implement new habits or routines.
Are you tired of the clutter, chaos, and stress? Looking for ways to be able to spend more time with your family and less time picking up after them? Is your marriage suffering because you’re constantly nagging your husband for help?
Or maybe the clutter makes you feel like you’re not good enough.
Whatever your reason behind wanting to make the shift, you can do this if you will make the conscious choice and effort to do so.
Habit building is some tough stuff when your mindset is in the wrong place.
That’s why you need to get down to the nitty-gritty and figure out why you have such a hard time to keep a commitment to yourself.
Check out my post on Creating New Habits, then come back here, because once you have your affirmation and motivation in place you’ll have a much easier time sticking to these new habits.
Start focusing on what you do have, rather than what you don’t.
Let me say it again – be grateful for what you have. Be grateful for the time you’re giving yourself. Be grateful for the opportunity to be more present because of the tasks you’ve accomplished throughout the day.
This is a pretty simple one to toss into your day.
Use the notes app on your phone or grab your favorite journal and pens. Jot down 1-10 things you’re feeling thankful for.
No one is judging your list, so be honest. (Mine regularly has sleep, coffee, and quiet time to myself!)
My favorite journal by far is theLeuchtturm 1917. The dotted pages give you full customizable freedom to make it into whatever you want it to be. Exercise your creativity or make your minimalist heart happy with simplicity. It is what you make it. GRAB YOURS ON AMAZON HERE.
Morning Pick Up
Do a quick run through the house to collect any dishes or clothing left out from the morning rush of getting ready.
Throw in a load of laundry.
“Reset” your home early in the day to begin your day on top of things.
Clean As You Go
Don’t wait until the end of the day to pick up toys, fold laundry, or wash dishes.
Waiting can cause overwhelm and anxiety which can cause you to put things off even more.
Take one to two minutes here and there throughout the day to tackle those small tasks. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference it makes.
This is not a one and done deal.
Have a mindset of keeping only the things that you love or that serve a purpose.
Each time you pick up the kids’ toys try to find something you that you can let go, or once a week have your child choose something to give to another family.
Having trouble deciding what to keep and what to ditch? Check out my posts below: