When I began my journey to minimalism two years ago, I thought it would be easy. It felt so great to watch the wide eyes of the Goodwill workers as we carried in yet another load of our belongings. I loved feeling lighter and lighter as our rooms and closets all cleared out. I was thrilled to finally be free of our storage units and the endless payments we wasted on them.
I did not anticipate how hard it would be to keep my minimalist mojo.
Don’t get me wrong. I still love clean closets, open floor space, and lots of free time. I also adore knowing where to find things when I need them, avoiding junk or physical clutter, and feeling confident in my priorities. Real life just has a way of knocking you off your feet.
Writing about minimalism has really helped me on my journey. Typically the pep talks I write are for me just as much as they’re for you. So far, there has never been a day where I let out a contented sigh and felt I had now achieved a true state of complete minimalism.
Minimalism isn’t something that ever feels “done” to me. As fast as I dejunk, clean, or simplify there is always something new that needs to be taken care of.
That constant battle can feel discouraging and overwhelming at times. The piles get bigger and things just start to become too much to handle. It’s time like that, when it’s nice to go back and remind myself of some lessons I’ve learned about minimalism:
- There is no right way to pursue minimalism.
- Minimalism is a marathon and not a sprint.
- The most important benefit born out of minimalism is TIME.
- Organized excess is the cousin of clutter.
- Physical items can never bring you a sense of security.
- Prioritize, don’t organize.
How to Get Your Minimalist Mojo Back
If you’ve lost your minimalist mojo, remind yourself that doing something is better than doing nothing! You don’t have to declutter everything, just throw out something. You don’t need to have the least amount of something. Start by just eliminating things you don’t need. You’ll begin to make progress and find your groove.
If you’re looking for some simple ways to pursue less in an effort to live more, try some of these baby steps to get you started:
10 Minimalist Baby Steps
- Shop Less –> Save More
- Watch TV Less –> Read or Talk More
- Drive Less –> Walk, Cycle, or Rest More
- Schedule Less –> Pursue Free Time More
- Argue Less –> Discuss and Respect More
- Worry Less –> Seek Peace More
- Organize Less –> Prioritize More
- Store Less –> Declutter More
- Work Less –> Unplug More
- Consume Less –> Give More
Have you lost your minimalist mojo? What secrets do you have for getting back on track?
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Article originally published on 04/10/2012