5 Simple Ways To Live A Minimalist Lifestyle


I believed minimalism was a lifestyle practice I couldn't get behind because I thought it ripped people away from their beloved belongings. I have always had an attachment to old items like notebooks from high school, event tickets, and pairs of earrings throughout my life. But once I learned the correct meaning of minimalism, I felt better about the practice and recognized how rewarding it could be.

By definition, minimalism is about getting rid of excess clutter and living life based on experiences rather than things. Since adopting a minimalist routine, I have learned that holding on to too many items can weigh you down mentally. Ahead, I'm sharing five ways you can let go of your possessions and live a more peaceful life.

1. Declutter Digital Spaces

Like many, I am a person that keeps too many tabs open on my computer, phone, and tablet because my brain tells me I will need to view them later. But since adopting more minimalist routines, I've learned to cut back on my digital clutter, including closing tabs and deleting old files. If you would like to view a web page later, you can bookmark it. If you would like to keep old pictures, you can archive them using Dropbox sites.

2. Downsize Your Wardrobe

We all have items in our closets that we look at but never wear. Donating or selling your clothes to consignment and thrift stores can free up space in your wardrobe. Create an inventory of all of the clothes that you wear frequently and keep those in your closet. And next time you shop, only buy the clothes you need rather than buying on impulse. 

3. Toss The Paperwork

My desk used to be covered with old receipts, class notes, and work calendars. Part of my new minimalist lifestyle has involved cleaning up my environment, including my desk. To help you stay clutter-free,  opt-in for paperless billing and throw away junk mail, receipts, and other unwanted papers within one week of receiving them.

4. Unsubscribe

Do you have a subscription to a magazine that you never read? Are you subscribed to any unused apps? If you subscribe to digital or physical services, chances are you're not using them all. Unsubscribing from subscriptions can help you save money, free up space around your home, and declutter your smartphone. Replace your gym membership with a makeshift workout routine of your own. You can also cancel your magazine subscription and go to a bookstore to pick up the magazines you know you will want to read.

5. Toss Expired Items

While it's tempting to hold on to lipstick from five years ago, it's best not to do so. All beauty products have an expiration date, and they can vary depending on the type of product. Take a moment to go through your makeup, hair, and skincare products and decide which ones you want to keep, donate, or throw away.

Life can become stress-free when you decide to declutter and live with less. Minimalism has helped me clean up my whole life, and I encourage everyone to give it a try when they are ready. What are other ways to incorporate minimalism into your life? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Zakiya Payne is a Multimedia Journalism major at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. The first-generation student enjoys writing in her journal, telling corny jokes, and shopping! A Mantra that she repeats daily is, “I am busy becoming the woman of my dreams!”