Thursday, March 16, 2017

Minimalist by the decade "CHALLENGE"

I don't know about you, but I hate STUFF.  OK, let me re-word that... I hate USELESS STUFF. You know, the kind of stuff that sits in the corner of your home for you to look at, but doesn't actually serve a purpose? Or the many different outfits you don't wear because you don't actually like them, but for some reason have them because you one day think you... might? 
I decided a while back that one of my goals was to live as minimal as possible. I've always loved the idea of living minimal: having less to tie me down to one location because of the idea of being able to just GO ANYWHERE whenever necessary. Don't get me wrong, living minimal is a lot easier said than done.

Being a minimalist isn't just about tangible items. It's about focusing on the simple things. It is a mental state - a drive for a simple life full of what matters most: Love, Family, Relationships, Passion, Education, Spirituality, Culture, I could list off a million.  I believe the easiest way to become a minimalist is to take it One. Step. At. A. Time. Most people can't just make a drastic decision and get rid of everything they have built up over the years, its HARD! And the older we get, usually the more stuff we accumulate making it even more difficult. With that in mind, I have built a guide for you to begin to minimize the amount of stuff you own according to the decade you were born in! YAY!

Here is how it works:

This is my own personal way of minimizing. If something works better for you, that is perfectly fine. Also, if you start making this list and there is a category I missed then feel free to include whichever items fit your lifestyle best. Another thing I came across when writing my own list, was that clothing is definitely the most difficult for me, and likely many others, so I added more clothing and less furniture and home goods items. 

Keep in mind, this is a step-by-step-process, you don't have to get rid of everything over night, and you most certainly can adjust this to your personal needs! Remember, this is meant to help you BEGIN to declutter your life and to live simply. No stress needed :)

Written and illustrated by Amilee