There are more than a few benefits to a minimalist approach
Minimalism is all the rage right now, and while getting rid of everything you own might not be your idea of fun, there are some decluttering tips we could all benefit from to streamline our lives and our minds.
- Declutter Your Surroundings
Most of us tend to hang onto things, but decluttering your surroundings can have a big impact on mindfulness. For clothes, unless they’re sentimental, if you haven’t worn them for a full year it’s time to get rid of them. Sell those paperbacks you read once but will never actually read again to a secondhand bookshop, and throw out all those scraps of unnecessary paper that are clogging up your desk.
- Start Saying No
It can be easy to over-commit, particularly when trying to strike a balance between work, family, and your personal life. In the end, saying “yes” to all of the offers, invitations, requests, and suggestions means you’ll end up overwhelmed and unhappy. Saying “no” is difficult in the beginning, but will help you become a better and less-stressed version of yourself.
- Write Things Down
When there’s a million things to be done and you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, it helps to write them down. Once your tasks are in front of you, it’s easier to identify the most essential things and prioritising what’s most important becomes much more clear-cut.
- Prioritise Sleep
If you only manage one thing to declutter your life, it should be this one. Prioritising sleep means not only getting enough of it (8 hours is still the recommended time) but stabilising and normalising your sleeping pattern. Remove all distractions (like your phone) from your bedroom, and reap the rewards of a good night’s rest.