I have always known clutter has a negative affect on me. Just looking at it makes me feel anxious and crazy. When watching the show Hoarders, I swear I start to break out in hives. I can’t be the only person who starts instantly cleaning and decluttering after viewing a 30 minute episode. We all know hoarders have a “problem” yet most people are suffering with the same issues just in a less obvious form. Too often our lives become so chaotic and we consume too much that it has aided in the rise of anxiety and depression. So how can a minimalist lifestyle help? Many studies have backed up the fact that a minimalist lifestyle can ease your anxiety and depression. Keep reading and I will touch on the top points and share some practical actions you can take.
I am fascinated with minimalism and all the dimensions it can take on. It doesn’t just have to be about having little possessions, but instead about a life of happiness, contentment and purpose. My first minimalist post was all about this. After watching documentaries and reading stories, I’ve decided to share some minimalist tips from simple living cultures around the world. There is so much we can learn and benefit from how other people do things and minimalism is no exception. So if you’re craving a little minimalist inspiration, read on and hopefully you’ll get some great new simple living ideas you can incorporate at home.
I don’t live in a tiny home, but it is definitely a dream of mine. Even though I’m not officially “living tiny,” we did downsize our house and lose 2,000 square feet of finished living space. Although we don’t have a crazy tiny house, I did look around the other day and realize how creative I have been in finding and creating storage in the space we do have. I know some people have gotten even more creative than me and that’s why I wanted to share some genius ideas with you. Here are some of the best ways to create space in a tiny home so you can stay small and organized at the same time.
I have a confession to make. I am terrible at keeping plants alive. Even succulents. People tell me, “Try succulents, they are super easy to care for.” Meanwhile mine are slowly dying. Despite my lack of a green thumb, I still absolutely love flowers and all things green. They can brighten up a house and make it feel instantly like a home. While occasionally a friend will cut me some fresh blooms from their garden, I usually opt for faux flowers in my house. When we downsized our house 2 years ago I had to get even more creative with my faux flower use when decorating. A big part of this was because we lost a lot of storage space…well, just space in general. Because of this, I had to get more creative with where I stored things and how I decorated. I’m sure anyone with a smaller home can totally relate. Let me lay out some tips that I have for getting started using faux flowers to make a small home feel bigger and hide the clutter too!
There is a huge movement happening around the idea of no longer letting our possessions possess us and it’s amazing. As with most things, there are different “branches” of minimalism. One type is having a highly modern, chic, clean home design. The other kind, The “Fun Sized” kind, is where you clear all the clutter from your life that no longer serves you. It’s living with intention and purpose. That’s my kind of minimalism. If you’re on the same page as me and just want to have more of the things in life that bring you joy, I want to share with you some different ways you can actually make money with minimalism. Easy ways that your passion could become purpose. Let’s look at how.
Often times people think of minimalism in terms of “stuff” and the things that we own and accumulate. This is all true and plays a huge roll in the minimalist lifestyle. Today, however, I want to get down to the lesser known struggle of minimalism. The side you can’t see. The side that says “yes” to too many things for fear of missing out or disappointing someone. That cluttered part of your schedule that is trying to make more hours than there is in a day. How do you take your life back? What steps are necessary to making your schedule (and your life) your own again? What exactly does it take to start saying “no?” How do you downsize your schedule? Well, I’m about to give you all you need so you can downsize your schedule — like a boss. Like a minimalist boss.