Five Easy Minimalist Habits That Will Make Your Life Better

There are many things in this world that are competing for our attention.  We are bombarded with ads, over extended in our work duties, and have too much going on in our lives.  So today I thought I’d share 5 simple habits or tricks that can make life much better.

five easy hacks to a minamalist life

Turn Off Notifications On Your Phone

This was a big one for me.  Every time I looked at my phone there were little red badges all over the screen saying “look at me! You have things left undone!” It wasn’t healthy and when I considered turning off the notifications I was actually getting closer to my goals in life.  I’ve come to realize that email is a convenient way to organize other people’s priorities, not your own.  Every phone is different, but you can switch them off; then I began telling my friends, if you need to get in touch right away, call me.  My phone should work for me in the way I want it to, not to better server others.

Don’t check email or socials before bed or first thing in the morning

This was a tough one for me.  For my job, I have to monitor over 15 social media channels and it’s daunting.  Worse, spammers are always posting on my sites and pages because of the reach I’ve built, so it’s a constant war.  I have been tempted to remove my phone from the bedroom all together.

Cancel one thing on your calendar this week and do nothing!

We always overbook, we are always overstressed, and there will never be enough time in the day.  Look through your calendar and choose one thing and cancel it.  Take that time to just chill out, read a book, go get a coffee, or go for a walk.

If you see something you want in the store, wait.

If you’re going through a store and see something that interests you, instead of buying it right then, wait until you’re in that store next time.  More often than not I find that next time I see it in the store my desire for it will have disappeared or I will have forgotten about it all together.  If it’s really important to you or you truly do love it, what is the likelihood of you forgetting it?

Flip your hangers

Go into your closet and hang your hangers all in one direction, preferably in the direction that is most awkward to unhook.  Once you do that, you’ll be able to tell what things you actually wear and what you don’t.  Go through in spring, summer, winter and fall, then look what you haven’t touched in a year; those items will be a prime candidate for donation.

Your Turn!

  • What have been your easy habits that help you live a simpler life?
  1. As a corollary to the “if you see something you want in the store, wait” I would add unless it’s in the thrift shop or there’s unlikely to be another one at that price. But only if it’s something you actually need. I keep a running wish list (with measurements if required) so I can make snap decisions if I run across just the right needed item.

    Not very “minimalist” but if you have hobbies or work supplies a lot of time can get wasted rummaging through tightly packed storage areas in small spaces so I keep an inventory of contents on the box plus a master list showing locations. Especially handy for tool boxes, seasonal clothes and equipment. Keep storage containerised so you move a few larger pieces at a time rather than many individual items.

  2. **Wait several months before throwing something out.” I’m fortunate enough to have a corner of my friend’s garage to store some things. Every time i want to get rid of something in my THOW, i put it in the garage. if, after a few months, i really don’t need it, or can’t re-purpose it, it gets re-homed. this has saved me several “new” purchases. i’ve pulled some things out of the garage, after finding another good use for it.

  3. Get your house on a meal plan – Monday…spahgetti. Tuesday…meatloaf, for example.

    This will save time in the grocery store and in the kitchen. Everything is all planned.

  4. Live out of a suitcase for a month
    you’ll find out what you use most often

  5. When buying anything, make sure you are replacing it and not just adding more stuff to your space. Only buy something if you really love it or really need it and can be ok replacing it.

  6. My goal this year is to get ride of 25 items each month. I am about half way. 150 more to go 🙂

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