Going into minimalism can be a scary choice when you’ve been used to having too much stuff at home. But believe us when we say, it’s an incredibly freeing lifestyle that really lets you appreciate what really matters the most in life. And it isn’t material possessions.

So, to help you with your process, here are 6 easy tips you can follow:

#1 CREATE AN INVENTORY OF ALL YOUR ITEMS

Before you start throwing out stuff, make an inventory of all your items first. Dedicate an entire day, a week, or how much time you think you’ll need to create a complete inventory. This is to help you realize how much stuff you own and realize which ones are worth keeping. Just remember to set a deadline and stick to it.

#2 GET RID OF DUPLICATE ITEMS

Oftentimes we buy duplicates of items we already own because we forget we have them or we’re just too busy to look for them through the clutter at home. So most likely, you’ll find two or more of some items. For example, a frying pan of the same size or a measuring cup. If you find any duplicates, store them away for a while. If you don’t find yourself using any, then discard them to make room for what’s more important.

#3 GO DIGITAL AND BE PAPERLESS

As an avid reader, you may enjoy holding and smelling a physical paperback book. However, they can take up unnecessary space. Not to mention that in the long run, book printing is bad for the environment. You can avoid cluttering and help save the environment at the same time by switching to a digital eBook reader. They’re convenient, cheaper, and great space savers. You’ll also have an easier time trying to find notes and copies of your books.

#4 DOWNSIZE YOUR CLOSET

A big closet may sound like a dream but really, it’s a nightmare. When you have so many options for clothing, you tend to waste time trying to decide on what outfit to wear. Clothes tend to take up too much space too. And really, you only have one body. How many shirts do you need? Extreme minimalists have been known to survive on having 30 items or less in their closet. Of course, you don’t have to take it to that level, but they’re proof you don’t need much. So, consider downsizing your closet.

Do you have a 7-year-old shirt that has holes and tears you can’t get rid of because of sentimental reasons? Try to separate the memory from the item and get rid of it. Do you have any item you haven’t worn in a while? Donate it to someone who will instead.

#5 WAIT 30 DAYS BEFORE MAKING A PURCHASE

When you’re walking outside and pass by a store, you may see something you like. And with great advertising and convincing marketing, you may be inclined to go shopping on impulse. You may buy an item right then and there without really thinking it through.

Don’t give in to your every “want”. Think before you buy.  Wait at least 30 days. If you still want the item, need it, and it’s there then buy it. If not, then you have just saved money.

#6 INVEST ON EXPERIENCES INSTEAD

The joy we feel with material possessions may be fleeting. But the happiness of creating new memories and enjoying new experiences can last us a lifetime. Invest in that instead. For special occasions, consider treating your loved ones to a fun activity or go on a road trip you can all partake in. Don’t give too much importance on material gifts.

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